Imperial Tobacco

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Imperial Tobacco Group plc (or simply Imperial Tobacco) is the fourth largest tobacco multinational company. Its corporate headquarters are in Bristol, England. Its main brands of cigarettes are West, Gauloises, Davidoff, Fortuna, John Player Special (JSP), Lambert & Butler (L&B), Bastos. It also sells cigarette rolling paper (Rizzla), cigars (Cohiba), hand-rolling tobacco (Golden Virginia, Drum) and snus (Skruf). The company has grown rapidly over the last twelve years owing to a sustained policy of acquisitions: Rizzla in 1997, Tobaccor in 2001, Reemtsma in 2002, Skruf in 2005, Davidoff in 2006, and Altadis in 2008, among others.[citation needed]

Although its main markets are in the United Kingdom and in Western Europe, the company aggressively targets lower income countries in Africa, Eastern and Central Europe and Asia, where its market growth compensates for the decline of its traditional European markets.[citation needed]

Imperial Tobacco should not be confused with Imperial Tobacco Canada, which is the Canadian subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT).

Also not to be confused with [ITC] of India earlier known as Imperial Tobacco Company of India which was a colonial subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT) but now is independent and the largest cigarette manufacturer of India. The ITC site itself doesn't refer to its imperial colonial origins[1]. It continues to sell brands associated with the original founders of Imperial Tobacco viz. W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd. and its brands Bristol, Wills Navy Cut and Gold Flake.

Contact Information

Media inquiries go to:
Alex Parsons, Group Media Relations Manager
Imperial Tobacco Limited
Upton Road, Southville
Bristol BS99 7UJ United Kingdom
Direct Tel: +44 (0)117 933 7241
Switchboard: +44 (0)117 963 6636


  • Derek Bonham, Chairman
  • Gareth Davis, Chief Executive
  • Frank Rogerson, Corporate Affairs Director


Accessed October 2009: [2]

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  1. [1] ITC, accessed on 1st October 2009
  2. Directors, Imperial Tobacco, accessed October 23, 2009.

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