Island Lifestyle Importers will introduce two new Tommy Bahama lighters at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Longboard is a triple-flame torch pocket lighter, available in white or blue body on a gunmetal frame. The Longboard has a massive fuel tank with a large fuel window, and an adjustable fuel wheel and pull-down trigger with an ergonomic feel. The Rocker is a flip-top dual torch pocket lighter. It has a fold out cigar punch on the bottom. The Rocker has a large capacity fuel tank with easy-adjust fuel wheel. The squeeze trigger mechanism on the side of the lighter makes it easy to use. It will be available with a black body or blue body on a gunmetal frame. The Longboard has an MSRP of $59.99 and the Rocker has an MSRP of $49.99.
Rocky Patel begins shipping their new Laser Lighters to tobacconists in mid-February. They were unveiled at the IPCPR trade show in July, 2017. The new Laser Lighter designs are branded with Rocky Patel cigar lines including Royale, Fifty-Five, Java Maduro, and Java Red.
That brings us to one of the best features. The price. The MSRP of the Linea is only $29.99. And don't go thinking that this "budget" lighter isn't still a performer. Xikar still backs the Linea with a lifetime warranty, just like the other Xikar lighters that cost two or three times as much. Functionality, efficiency, and reliability all in such a meager price point is not easy to do, but Xikar did it with the Linea. The Linea is available in Yellow (pictured), Red, Blue, and Black. It is available where Xikar products are sold, and at Xikar.com
The Lotus Group, a strong presence in the smoking accessory space for over 20 years, have partnered with Lifestyle Brands, LLC, for a new line of Margaritaville and LandShark cigarware. The Lotus Group will debut pocket, table, waterproof and extendable lighters, as well as cigar cutters and ashtrays that include lyrics from songs by singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett.
Quality Importers Trading Company announced the acquisition of XIKAR Inc. This will create the largest premium cigar accessory supplier in the United States, if not the world. Scott Almsberger and Kurt Van Keppel will continue to run operations for XIKAR as minority partners in the new enterprise. They will also assume Executive Vice President roles respectively. Scott and Kurt will both report directly to Michael Cellucci who will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mike Giordano remains as Chief Executive Officer
This year, Xikar debuted two brand new products, the Volta, and the Forte, both of which we covered in depth in our exclusive pre-IPCPR info and reviews. They also showed off a couple new designs, and some changes to older products that you can watch Scott Almsberger - Chief Design Officer & Co- Founder talk about in this video.