Date: July 2024
Author: Inspector X

Quality Importers Trading Co. has announced the acquisition of Stinky Cigar, the company renowned for its popular Stinky ashtrays.

In practical terms, this acquisition is unlikely to bring significant changes for retailers and consumers, as Quality Importers has been distributing Stinky products since January 2011.

Bill ‘Stinky’ Salviano, the founder of Stinky Cigar, explained the decision in a press release: “My wife and I have agreed to sell the Stinky Cigar brand to Quality Importers Trading Company for several reasons. Over the last 13 years, Quality Importers has grown the brand and distribution far beyond our expectations. I will continue to promote the brand and contribute to the engineering and design services to further position the Stinky Cigar portfolio for the future. We are sincerely grateful to the Quality Importers staff for their diligent efforts and commitment to producing Stinky Cigar branded products to the high standards it has become known for.

Salviano also shared the origin of his nickname, “Stinky,” given to him by his wife. The idea for the ashtray began with a deep silver-plated bowl, which he thought would be perfect for cigar ashes, though it initially lacked a place to rest cigars. In 2004, Salviano started modifying the bowl, initially using bent coins as cigar stirrups. Encouraged by others, he soon began creating prototypes, leading to the first Stinky ashtrays going on sale later that year.

The original model remains available today. The stainless steel ashtray features a deep bowl, ideal for storing large amounts of cigar ash and preventing it from being blown away by the wind, and four cigar stirrups. Since then, the company has expanded its product line to include various colours, floor-standing models, larger ashtrays, smaller ashtrays, and more.

Michael Giordano, CEO of Quality Importers, reflected on the shared history of the two companies: “I started QI in 2000 with one model humidor which is still being sold today. Stinky started his company with one model ashtray, which is still sold today. The companies share a common history and mission of providing top-quality cigar accessories to the worldwide premium cigar trade at a reasonable price, so it was a natural evolution to go from exclusively distributing the Stinky Cigar brand to owning it.

With this acquisition, Quality Importers aims to continue the legacy of Stinky Cigar, ensuring that its products remain a staple in the premium cigar accessories market.

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