DEAR PARTNERS: We are pleased to inform you all that Habanos S.A. has received the DFNI Product Awards in the Tobacco Category for the Best Tobacco Launch at Duty Free and Travel Retail in 2005. As you should know DFNI (Duty Free News International) is a prestigious magazine of Raven Fox Publishing House, whose awards are highly appreciated by Suppliers, Operators and Retailers at the global Duty Free and Travel Retail. Such magazine regarded the Partagás Serie P No 2 as the best launching campaign for a new tobacco product in the Duty Free and Travel Retail Channel.
The Partagás Serie P No. 2 was launched at the Tax Free World Exhibition in Cannes during the Habanos Travel Retail Night that took place at the Carlton Hotel the past October 3rd . In this Gala Dinner Habanos s.a. was honored with the attendance of a large representation of its Exclusive Distributors, Presidents and CEOs of some of the main International Duty Free Operators at Duty Free & Travel Retail, Tobacco retailers and La Casa del Habano managers at the channel. Besides, high executives of TFWA attended as special guests of Habanos s.a., an organization which Habanos S.A. joined last year as a full member and to which the Company is very proud to belong.
This activity was lead by Buenaventura Jiménez (co-Chairman), Manuel García (Commercial Vice-President), Javier Terrés (Development Vice-President) and other executives from Habanos s.a, as well as Fernando López, Director of the Cuban Tobacco Industry.
The certificate of this prize should be delivered to Habanos S.A. by courier in the upcoming days. Please, be advised that it will be issued at Habanos s.a. website; meanwhile please find below the communication as published by DFNI Magazine, December 15th, 2005 issue.