Our History

Our History

We are a family company in the tobacco domain since 1791 when our forefather Antonio Marino an Italian speaking Austrian Aristocrat, from the Island of Solta (the ancient greek Olyntha of the IV century a.c. ), started his international business. Initially he specialized in the transport by sea of tobacco from Izmir to Hamburg, his headquarters being in Constantinople. His Son Georg became a tobacco dealer in Izmir. His son Friedrich promoted in law at the Ottoman University of Constantinople and became tobacco dealer in Xanthi (now Greece). His 2 sons Georg and Hector were active after the first world war with companies in Germany, Greece , Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Italy. The son of Hector, Peter started in tobacco in Greece in 1960 and his Son Helmut is the present CEO of our group of companies.

It is our family tradition to have cared always to maintain our social position through hard and professional work through the generations. We have always been conservative and preferred sure results to speculative greatness. Never the less we survived for such a long period because we have always been extremely innovative and invested heavily for our size in research and innovation in our specific field.

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