Established in 1888, Karelia is Greece’s largest cigarette manufacturer & exporter.
Karelia meets the challenges of world markets with more than a century of experience and a reputation for fine quality and innovation. Today, our brands are exported to over 65 countries around the world and hold 0.32% of the world cigarette consumption.
Business principles & Commitments
The Karelia Tobacco Company is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical behaviour and our corporate principles embrace every aspect of our business; in particular our employees and our customers, and the community and environment in which we operate. Our commitment is to generate long-term value for our shareholders and employees, delivering positive financial results, year after year.
Quality and innovation
From our very beginning it has been our mission to provide our customers with tobacco products of the highest quality. This uncompromising dedication to excellence ensures every aspect of our production is subject to the most demanding standards of quality control and expertise.
Our modern and flexible factory
A high quality manufacturing environment is essential for the successful production of high quality cigarettes. At Karelia, our continuous investment programme ensures that our modern, climate-controlled factory remains a state-of-the-art complex, producing blends, sizes and pack formats to the highest international standards. Today, our manufacturing base in Kalamata enjoys the latest computerised equipment and high-tech instrumentation to quality control every stage of the production process. From leaf to finished cigarette, the state-of-the-art technology guarantees that we achieve the world-class standards that are essential to maintaining our position as a leading manufacturer serving a global market place.
Our brands, are well known, for their innovation, the high quality of their carefully selected tobacco, their unique blends and their elegant packaging.
People have always been, and always will be, a vital business asset and their talents and energy have been key contributions to our success in creating the outstanding products and portfolio of brands that our customers enjoy today. In addition to ensuring that there is a safe and pleasant working environment, we continually invest in training so that everyone has the possibility to develop the skills necessary to face the challenges of the future.
Our ambition for the future
Our ambition is to continue to grow and develop, but never to forget the principles of quality, trust and service on which we built our success. These fundamental values since its establishment continue to guide our Company in the ever-changing world of business. Our range of brands, the support of our people, and our reputation for quality and innovation help us respond to the demands of the tobacco sector. With a confidence arising from our solid financial performance, and many years of experience, Karelia looks forward to an even more successful future.
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