TPE 2019: DAY 1

For a few years,InterTabac, the European trade show, was my favorite trade show to attend because there simply wasn’t much to do. I could show up, walk around and casually visit with the dozen or so cigar companies in attendance. Unlike the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, where we cover roughly 130 companies and their new products in four days, it was downright relaxing. As I described yesterday, for so many different reasons, the Tobacco Plus Expo is very much a mini-InterTabac.

Times have changed at InterTabac—there are far more cigar companies in attendance, there are more new products at the show and there’s more business being done that interferes with my previous plans of “not doing much.” Times have also changed at TPE.