Dustin Prudhomme is providing new opportunities for cigar makers and consumers through new and innovative distribution channels. Prudhomme’s company, Cajun Cigar Czar, provides high quality handmade cigars to consumers via handpicked retail partners and custom made, remotely managed humidors.

Prudhomme is a Louisiana native who wanted to distribute cigars in a new way. After facing skepticism when announcing he wanted to get into the cigar industry, Prudhomme was motivated to use his grit, technological education and Six Sigma background to launch Cajun Cigar Czar in 2017 with no capital. Prudhomme identified locations where cigar smokers had little access to cigar shops. He first approached one of the largest independent grocers in the U.S. and offered to create for them a stylish, custom humidor ro each of their locations. Each humidor had a built-in computer system created by Prudhomme that sent him an alert when the humidor was low on cigars and in need of replenishing. This system created a hands-off but profitable business opportunity for cigar retail owner and increased sales for the cigar manufacturer. Since its launch in 2017, Cajun Cigar Czar’s humidors has expanded to CTE stores, gas stations, country clubs, private clubs, liquor stores and has a presence in 17 states.

“We at Cajun Cigar Czar have worked hard to present the art of handmade cigars to untapped markets. It has been a pleasure to work with some of our partners like Espinosa Cigars, Rocky Patel, Drew Estate, Villiger Cigars, General Cigars to name just a few. We look forward to expanding our footprint and partner up with retail shops and continue a fruitful relationship with our cigar manufacturing partners,” says Prudhomme.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cajun Cigar Czar has been able to remain operational and has seen an increase in sales, allowing cigar manufacturers and retailers to continue to sell their products during the course of stay-at-home orders and challenges presented by the coronavirus situation. Cajun Cigar Czar also has a stake in Tubeaux, LLC, which has launched a multinational patent-pending space optimization, allowing for the continual deployment of premium tobacco to spaces that were not previously not reachable.

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