Kretek International has entered into a definitive agreement with Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA) to acquire media assets of the company formerly known as SpecComm International, Inc., which TMA acquired in January of 2019. This includes Tobacconist Magazine, CTS Report, Pipes & Tobacco Magazine, Cigars & Leisure, and TobaccoReviews.com. These media entities will be housed under Tobacco Media Group (TMG), a subsidiary business of Kretek International.

“We feel this is a strategically sound acquisition for Kretek,” says Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek International, Inc. “We recognize the power of journalism and its influence in building relationships between both people and products. These titles have done the footwork- creating loyal audiences and solid reputations. And now it’s time to up the ante, utilizing our extensive network to leverage their foundation and work towards disseminating information and ideas that strengthen the premium tobacco industry as a whole. We’re committed to supporting TMG as a key information source for people in all facets of the tobacco industry and are confident in their success.”

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