Imperial Brands

Company Overview and Global Presence

  • Imperial Brands plc is a British multinational tobacco company.
  • It is headquartered in London and Bristol, England.
  • The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
  • Imperial Brands is the world's fourth-largest international cigarette company.
  • It is also the largest producer of fine-cut tobacco and tobacco papers.
  • Imperial Brands sold 220.9 billion stick equivalents globally in 2022.
  • The company has 30 factories worldwide.
  • Its products are sold in around 120 countries.
  • Some of its well-known brands include Davidoff, West, Golden Virginia, Drum, and Rizla.
  • Imperial Brands has expanded its product range to include alternative nicotine products such as blu vape, Pulze, iD heated tobacco system, Zone X, and Skruf nicotine pouches.


  • The Imperial Tobacco Company was created in 1901 through the amalgamation of 13 British tobacco and cigarette companies.
  • The company's first chairman was William Henry Wills.
  • In 1902, Imperial Tobacco and the American Tobacco Company formed a joint venture called British-American Tobacco Company Ltd.
  • Imperial Tobacco established its own leaf-buying organization in the United States.
  • In 1973, the company changed its name to Imperial Group and formed a subsidiary named Imperial Tobacco Limited.
  • In 2003, Imperial Brands acquired Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH, adding brands like Davidoff and West to its portfolio.
  • In 2007, the company entered the US tobacco market with the acquisition of Commonwealth Brands Inc.
  • In 2008, Imperial Brands acquired Altadis, which included brands like Fortuna and Gauloises Blondes.
  • The company faced factory closures, including the closure of the Horizon factory in Nottingham in 2014.
  • In 2016, Imperial Brands changed its name to distance itself from tobacco.

Recent Developments

  • In 2018, Imperial Brands Ventures took a stake in Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies to develop cannabis-based medicines.
  • In November 2019, Thérèse Esperdy became the company's new chairman.
  • In July 2020, Stefan Bomhard became the chief executive of Imperial Brands.
  • The company continues to expand its product offerings and diversify its business.
  • Imperial Brands opened a new global headquarters in Bristol in 2013.

Archives and Operations

  • W. D. & H. O. Wills Limited and John Player & Sons were involved in setting up Imperial Tobacco.
  • Bristol Archives holds extensive records of W D & H O Wills and Imperial Tobacco.
  • Nottinghamshire Archives hold the John Player and Sons collections.
  • The archives at Liverpool Central Library hold records of the Ogden Branch.
  • The Nottingham factory and the French factory in Nantes closed in 2016.
  • Production was moved to Eastern Europe.

Controversies and Notes

  • In May 2022, The Times reported that the company had lobbied politicians in Scotland.
  • Ivan McKee, the trade minister, met with executives from Imperial Brands twice in 2018.
  • Imperial Tobacco owns various products in Australia, including Camel, More, and Mevius.
  • Lambert & Butler is known as L&B or Great & British in some countries.
  • Imperial Tobacco is associated with British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco.
  • Fine-cut tobacco and rolling paper are also part of their product range.
  • Snus tobacco is another product offered by Imperial Tobacco.

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