Alhamrah Corporation is a family business that operates out of Dunmore, PA. Many would call Alhamrah Corporation a cigar company, but as a retailer that also sells items including lighters, e-cigarettes, batteries, and even over the counter medicine, it is obviously much more than that. Though a big company that has grown significantly over the past several years, Alhamrah Corporation still maintains a laidback atmosphere that makes it a fun place to work, where everyone is treated like family. With many employees that have been part of the company since its inception, they almost are a family.
International Cigar Industry
As a company that sells cigars and cigar-related products to many types of consumers, from individual customers, to convenience stores, to big wholesalers, Alhamrah Corporation is very much affected by the international cigar market as a whole. Right now, the cigar industry, like many other industries, is steadily recovering from global economic downturn. The current steady growth in cigars is due to a number of factors, including increasing popularity in regions like Asia, South America, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and China.
The cigar market is currently very competitive, and certain international developments only promise to make it become more so. Many manufacturers have recently been moving production to the Dominican Republic and other island nations. This area of the world is well known internationally and historically for their cigars, and has deep roots in the tobacco industry. This storied past only promises to develop further given recent changes in international relations between the US and Cuba.
As relations between The US and Cuba become more and more normalized, it brings up many interesting prospects for both consumers and producers. Cigar lovers will have easier access to what are considered by many to be the highest echelon of these products – Cubans. For cigar makers, this could potentially be very lucrative. For example, Habanos S.A., one of Cuba’s top producers, generated $439 million in sales in 2014 even without direct access to American customers. Needless to say, with direct access to this major market, sales stand to increase significantly. This has major implications for producers of cigars, companies like Alhamrah Corporation who sell them, and, of course, consumers nationwide and around the world.
This is an interesting time for the cigar industry as a whole, and as a seller of a wide variety of cigar related products to many types of customers, Alhamrah Corporation is right in the middle of it.