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J. Cortès expands its tobacco growing in Nicaragua 

By Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados - 14/02/2020
J. Cortès expands its tobacco growing in Nicaragua 

Renowned international cigar manufacturer J.Cortès has purchased the Oliva family’s leaf operations in Nicaragua and three Nicaraguan tobacco farms in a move which further consolidates its handrolled cigar operation in the country. 

The Oliva premium cigar business was bought by J.Cortès back in July 2016, but part of the tobacco growing operation was retained by the Oliva family. The two companies have worked closely ever since to deliver maximum quality and value to cigar lovers worldwide. 

The tobacco growing arm of the J.Cortès business now comes under an umbrella company called Hacienda d’ Ernesto. “It’s a perfect marriage of families, beliefs, tradition and expertise,” said J.Cortès CEO Fred Vandermarliere. “All these things came together at the right time to make this an obvious way of strengthening our commitment to our people in Nicaragua and our handrolled, premium cigar production. Now we have full control of the entire process, from seed to farm, leaf to factory, cigar to shelf. We are delighted to demonstrate once again our commitment to this business, to Nicaragua and to our customers, whom we encourage with our company motto: ‘Don’t smoke but enjoy.’"

By Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados - 14/02/2020
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The Law Firm, specialized in the field of Intellectual Property, formerly known as Henry Caldera & Henry Caldera-Pallais, was founded in 1907 by Mr. Henry Caldera, as part of a three-way operation consisting also of the import and retail of goods. With time, these three operations became separate enterprises. That same year, and through the efforts of Mr. Caldera, Nicaragua had its first Trademark Law.

In the late 1930’s, Mr. Caldera’s older son, Henry Caldera-Pallais, after obtaining a Law degree in Nicaragua, furthered his studies in the University of Michigan, where he graduated to become a U.S. Registered Patent Agent. During his stay in the United States, he gained experience working with the New York firm of Lagner, Parry, Card and Largner. In the late 1940’s, Mr. Caldera-Pallais returned to Nicaragua to take charge of the Law Firm, which became known as Henry Caldera & Henry Caldera-Pallais.