Karelia Tobacco Company Inc., established since 1888, is Greece's largest cigarette manufacturer and one of the fastest growing, family owned, international cigarette companies. Karelia brands are currently available in almost seventy international markets around the world - in Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2007, due to the liberalization of the cigarette market following Bulgaria's entry into the EU, Karelia Bulgaria EOOD was established, for the purpose of importing, distributing and promoting the Karelia brands in the Bulgarian market. The strong portfolio of brands, the high quality of the Karelia products and the dedication of its people, made Karelia Bulgaria the tobacco company with the fastest growing market share in Bulgaria.
In 2013, the company posted its strongest results ever, with unsurpassed growth, as it continued to expand its presence in the market, earning for the fourth time in a row the distinction of Bulgaria’s leading international tobacco company.
Today, Karelia brands are the leaders in several popular tobacco segments with Karelia Slims dominating the slims category, Karelia Blue 100’s heading the 100’s category, and George Karelias and Sons RYO at the top of the Roll Your Own category. In addition, brands Omé and George Karelias and Sons continue to turn in excellent market performances.
The KARELIA cigarette blends are made from the world's best leaf tobaccos that have been carefully selected and combined by the company's Master Blenders in Greece. The finest crops from the world's richest and most exotic tobacco regions, such as the U.S., Brazil, Zimbabwe, Korea, Malawi, as well as other countries, are chosen for their character, colour, smoothness and richness of aroma.
The Company is cooperating with some of the world's most innovative packaging designers who spend months, even years, in order to deliver the brands' unique and sophisticated packaging into the hands of smokers.
Through its Bulgarian subsidiary, Karelia Tobacco Company Inc. is one of the most successful Greek companies on the Bulgarian market.