Sociedad Anonima

Industry Tobacco
Founded 1999
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Key people
Jean-Dominique Comolli (Chairman)
Robert Dyrbus (CEO)
Revenue € 4.112 billion (2005)
Owner Imperial Tobacco

Altadis is a multinational purveyor and manufacturer of cigarettes, tobacco and cigars. Altadis was formed via a 1999 merger between Tabacalera, the former Spanish tobacco monopoly and SEITA, the former French tobacco monopoly. Through its international holdings, including ownership of the former Consolidated Cigar Holdings Inc. and half ownership of the Cuban state tobacco monopoly, Habanos S.A., Altadis is today the largest producer of mass market and premium cigars in the world, as well as the fourth largest producer of tobacco products. The company was acquired by the British tobacco giant Imperial Tobacco in 2008.  The most popular cigar brands made by Altadis include:  Don Diego, Flor de Copan, H. Upmann, Montecristo, Pleiades, Romeo y Julieta, Siglo Limited Reserve.

The BIG Companies: 

The Scandanavian Tobacco Group  -

The head office of Scandinavian Tobacco Group is located in Søborg just outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S

Sydmarken 42 2860

Søborg Denmark

Tel: +45 3955 6200

Fax: +45 7220 7101


CVR-number: 31080185

The Scandanavian Tobacco Group includes  General Cigar, Cigars International, and Swedish Match, among others.  It has approximately 9,500 employees in 20 countries 2.9 billion machine-made cigars and 140 million handmade cigars sold in 2011.  13 manufacturing sites in 8 countries.  Sales companies in 16 countries.  The world's no.1 cigar manufacturer.  These include the cigars of  Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Punch, and Don Tomas

Trying to understand the "Big Picture" as far as cigar companies go, and who makes your cigar, is far more confusing than I ever thought.  I give my best shot below:

There are three types of cigar companies;  1)  Large Multi-National, Multi-Brand corporations that have accumulated or assimilated many smaller companies under their corporate umbrellas, 2)  relatively small (compared to the above) cigar companies that are either multi-generational family businesses, or led by established personalities in the cigar business that over the years have developed into fairly large businesses with numerous labels in their portfolios, and 3)  very small companies that fall into two categories; a-small local fincas and tabacalarias that supply a small local or regional market, and b-brand new companies started by adventurous entrepreneurs to either express their own artistic natures or to expand into another area of expression.

Now, the above in no way covers all of the possibilities of cigar farming, harvesting, manufacturing, marketing and side-lining companies.  But, its the best I can understand at this point.

Scroll down for a continuation of my own take on the business structure of the cigar world.    

The BIG Companies