history

Compagnie des Tabacs “Comme Il Faut” was operating in Haiti as a small business as early as 1920 and consisted mainly of growing and exporting tobacco leaf. The company was incorporated on the 23rd of April 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky by JW Fitzpatrick, C.O. Rankin and H.O. Boehme. The General Manager, Mr. H.D. Luckett, lawyer Mr. Paul Sales, Mr. D. Charles and Notary Mr. H. Pasquier signed the incorporation of the company.

Although the company was incorporated in April, the official permission to operate in Haiti was obtained on July 7th 1927. In 1934 , the first cigarette making machine was installed with a production capacity of 800 cigarettes per minute. The company started manufacturing the “Ritz Blend” cigarette and two years later, in 1936, the famous cigarette “Splendid” was launched; this was to remain the main stay brand in the Haitian market for the next forty years. At that time the factory was located in downtown Port-au-Prince.

The year 1965 saw the introduction of “Comme Il Faut” brand, the first in what was to become the most successful cigarette in Haiti. By 1982, the “Comme Il Faut” menthol had the lion’s share of the Haitian Market.

In 1972 Comme Il Faut acquired a large property on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, in an area known as Cazeau, where the construction of the present factory was initiated. For the following fifteen years, the administration remained downtown and the manufacturing took place in the new facility in Cazeau. In 1987, the downtown offices were closed and all operations were concentrated at Cazeau.

The company has consistently introduced modernization programs throughout the years by upgrading equipment and training of personnel to enhance their skill levels to match modern production machinery. The modernization process has included a Quality Control laboratory that assures our products to be of the highest possible quality for our consumers.

We proudly continue to upgrade our benefits for our employees as well as providing a safe work environment and one that allows for growth.

The participation of Compagnie des Tabacs “Comme Il Faut” in many social and cultural activities is presently making an impact in the Haitian society. This is why today and many times in the past, our cigarettes have been referred to as “the Cigarette of the country”.