Cigar News: XIKAR and Boveda Announce Supply Agreement

Cigar News: XIKAR and Boveda Announce Supply Agreement

Cigar News: XIKAR and Boveda Announce Supply Agreement

XIKAR and Boveda Announce Supply Agreement

XIKAR broadens its humidification offering by adding 2-Way Humidity Control products manufactured by Boveda

Kansas City, MO – July 14, 2016 XIKAR, Inc. and Boveda Inc. are pleased to announce a long-term supply agreement under which Boveda will manufacture and supply XIKAR 2-Way Humidity Control products using Boveda’s patented technology.

The agreement between the two industry leading brands will add value to cigar retailers. XIKAR will have its team of dedicated sales personnel visit retail locations to help facilitate inventory management and merchandising, and to provide education and training on 2-Way Humidity Control products.

According to XIKAR President Kurt Van Keppel, the addition of Boveda-powered packets completes XIKAR’s humidification offering: “Our agreement with Boveda is a natural step in our pursuit to be the turn-key supplier of all cigar accessories, to all cigar retailers.” Scott Almsberger, XIKAR Chief Design Officer adds, “Within the category of consumer humidification, Boveda carved out a significant niche; we are happy to bring two-way humidification products into our family of full line humidification products.” Boveda Executive Vice President, Tim Swail added, “We believe consumers will be the biggest beneficiary because our agreement with XIKAR and their world class sales force and infrastructure will help increase the reach of Boveda’s patented 2-Way Humidity Control technology.”

Questions regarding this announcement can be directed to Kurt Van Keppel, CEO or Tim Webster, Chief Operating Officer.

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, XIKAR is the leading cigar accessory brand. Creator of the revolutionary and iconic Xi1 cutter, XIKAR sells product in thousands of retail locations around the world.
In 1994, Kurt Van Keppel wanted to buy a good cigar cutter, but found that both the inexpensive and high-end models underperformed. So, he set out with Scott Almsberger to match good design (ergonomics and function) with the best styling and materials. The result was the Xi cutter, launched in 1996.