Altadis, S.A.
Industry Tobacco, logistics
Founded 1999 (1999)
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Key people
Jean-Dominique Comolli (Chairman)
Robert Dyrbus (CEO)
Revenue € 4.112 billion (2005)
Parent Imperial Brands

Altadis was 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 was 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 (now Imperial Brands) in 2008.

Company history

French and Spanish state monopolies

In 1926, France concentrated its tobacco industry into a single state-run monopoly called Service d'Exploitation industrielle des tabacs (SEIT).[1] The production of matches (alumettes) was added to the state monopoly's purview in 1935 and the company was renamed SEITA.[1]

Following the end of World War II, Spain similarly established a state-owned tobacco monopoly called Tabacalera, Sociedad Anonima, Compañia Gestora del Monopolio de Tabacos y Servicios Anejos, commonly known as Tabacalera.[1]

Throughout the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, national markets were gradually opened up to the importation of foreign tobacco brands and the national tobacco monopolies of both France and Spain were weakened and gradually privatized, with SEITA employees losing status as civil servants in 1962 and the company losing both its monopoly of tobacco cultivation and tobacco sales by 1971.[1]


SEITA purchased Consolidated Cigar Holdings Inc. of Fort Lauderdale[2] in the United States. Consolidated Cigar was a large purveyor of cigars such as the Dominican made editions of Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo.[3]

In August 2000, Consolidated Cigar and Havatampa merged to form Altadis USA Inc.[4]

In September 2000 Altadis purchased a 50% interest in the Cuban state tobacco monopoly, Habanos SA.[2]

In 2003, Altadis acquired the internet seller 800-JR Cigar, Inc., one of the largest cigar retailers in the United States.

2008 sale

On 18 July 2007, the board of Altadis backed a €16.2 billion offer for the company by Imperial Tobacco (now Imperial Brands).[5] The acquisition was cleared by the Spanish stock market regulator on 7 November 2007, paving the way for the creation of the world's fourth largest tobacco company.[6] The acquisition was completed on 25 February 2008 with the delisting of Altadis from the Bolsa de Madrid.[7]

Company today

Western Europe’s third largest cigarette manufacturer, Altadis produced and sold blond, regular and dark cigarettes. Its major markets included the United States, Spain and France.

In 2004, Altadis Group economic sales rose 3.9% to euro 3.518 million with a staff of 27 500 people.


Blond tobacco

  • Anfa
  • Balkan Star (BS)
  • Brooklyn
  • Colt
  • Ducados Rubio
  • Fine
  • Fortuna
  • Fox
  • Gauloises Blondes
  • Iris
  • Marquise
  • News
  • Nobel
  • Popularne
  • Prima
  • Royale
  • Smart
  • Spike
  • ZK (Golden Ring)

Black tobacco

  • Gitanes
  • Habanos
  • Casa Sports
  • BN
  • Ducados





Rolling tobacco

  • Amsterdamer
  • Kennings
  • Gauloises
  • Picadura Ideales
  • Picadura Selecta
  • Picadura Fina



  1. 1 2 3 4 "Altadis S.A.," Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  2. 1 2 Hemlock, Doreen (November 3, 2000). "Cuban Cigars Spark Suit: Firm Claims Unfair Trade Practices". Sun-Sentinel.
  3. M. Shanken Communications, Inc. "The Two Billion Cigar Baron | Cigar Stars". Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  4. Parks, Kyle (November 22, 2000). "Villazon cigar plant to roll up business". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1E.
  5. Ben Bland and Ben Harrington, "Imperial Secures Altadis with £11 Billion Bid," The Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2007.
  6. Age "Spain's Stock Market Commission Okays Imperial Bid for Altadis," Agence France Press, 7 November 2007.
  7. "Altadis to be Delisted Feb. 25," AFX News, 22 February 2008.

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