Tabacalera, formerly the Compañía Arrendataria de Tabacos, was a Spanish tobacco monopoly whose origins date back to 1636, making it the oldest tobacco company in the world.[1]

Tabacalera, S.A.
Company typeSociedad Anónima
  • Institución del Estanco de Tabaco
  • Compañía Arrendataria de Tabacos
FoundedMarch 1945 (1945-03)
DefunctApril 1999 (1999-04)
FateMerged with SEITA
ProductsDucados, Fortuna

In 1999, the company merged with SEITA of France to form Altadis, which was later purchased by Imperial Tobacco. Its brands included Ducados and Fortuna.

Tabacalera owned 50% stake in Cuba's official cigar export operation Corporación Habanos. After holding the stake for 15 years, Tabacalera played a key role in marketing and selling Cuban cigars in more than 150 countries around the world.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Tobacco Timeline: The Seventeenth Century--The Great Age of the Pipe". Archived from the original on 2003-04-03.
  2. ^ Buck, Tobias (2015-06-15). "Spain's Tabacalera set to take the cigar in US amid Cuba detente". Retrieved 2019-12-16.