Altria's companies have a strong American heritage stretching back more than 190 years.

When George Weyman opened his tobacconist shop in Pittsburgh in 1822, he had no idea he was taking the first steps toward creating U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, the world's largest smokeless tobacco company. And when John Middleton established his Philadelphia tobacco shop in 1856, he was paving the way to become one of America's largest cigar manufacturers.

In 1929, when Philip Morris & Co.'s leaders selected Richmond, Va. as their new manufacturing hub, they didn't realize their focus on quality would help the company soon sell more than half of all cigarettes sold in the United States. Our focus on quality and consumers has helped make us the leader in the tobacco industry for more than 40 years.

We're proud that we've provided thousands of jobs right here in America for almost a century and of our longstanding partnerships with numerous organizations that promote inclusion, diversity and equity. For nearly a century, our companies have supported numerous efforts to champion equality for and conduct business with diverse people and teams.
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On October 1, Altria completed the sale of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates business.
In December 2020 and April 2021, Altria subsidiaries closed transactions to acquire the remaining 20% of the global on! business for a total of approximately $250 million.
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Altria's Board votes to increase Altria's regular quarterly dividend for the 54th time in 50 years. Altria celebrates its 100th anniversary of incorporation.
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With an agreement to acquire 80% ownership of certain Burger Söhne Holding AG (the "Burger Group") companies, Altria Group enters the growing oral nicotine products category. Altria Group establishes Helix Innovations LLC, a parent company of Burger Group subsidiaries, to commercialize and distribute on!, an oral tobacco-derived nicotine pouch product.
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Altria Group makes a significant investment in The Cronos Group, a global cannabinoid company.
Altria Group makes an investment in JUUL Labs, Inc. e-vapor company.
Altria Group acquires Sherman Group Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries (Nat Sherman).
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev) merges with SAB Miller plc, becoming the world's largest drink and brewing holdings company. Altria retains a 9.6% economic and voting interest in the new group, and nominates two members to AB InBev's Board of Directors.
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Atria launches its first online Corporate Responsibility Progress Report.
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Altria Group acquires UST Inc., a holding company whose primary businesses manufacture and market moist smokeless tobacco products through U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, and premium wines through Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is signed into law, giving FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of tobacco products.
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Altria relocates its headquarters to Richmond, Va., and completes the spin-off of Philip Morris International.
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Altria spins off Kraft Foods, distributing all shares owned by Altria to Altria's shareholders. Altria acquires John Middleton.
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Philip Morris Cos. is renamed The Altria Group Inc., and remains the parent company of Kraft Foods Inc., Philip Morris International, Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.
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Miller Brewing Company merges with South African Breweries to form SABMiller plc., the world's second-largest beer company, with Philip Morris Cos. retaining a continuing interest in the enlarged group.
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The Philip Morris Companies Community Employee Fund (later Altria Companies Employee Community Fund and Altria Contributing Together - act) is established, enabling greater employee activity and philanthropy in our operating communities.
Kraft and General Foods combine to form Kraft General Foods.
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Philip Morris Cos. acquires Kraft Foods Inc.
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Philip Morris Cos. is incorporated, and becomes the publicly-held holding company and parent of Philip Morris Inc. Philip Morris Cos. acquires General Foods Corp.
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Philip Morris Credit Corporation (now Philip Morris Capital Corporation) is incorporated.
Philip Morris & Co. produces its first Annual Report.

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Under an exclusive licensing agreement with Philip Morris International, Philip Morris USA commercializes IQOS, the first heat-not-burn tobacco product to receive pre-market authorization (PMTA) by FDA.
Philip Morris USA introduces the Reseal Pack on Marlboro Ice, Marlboro’s most recent packaging innovation and the first of its kind in the United States.
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Philip Morris USA's Manufacturing Center celebrates its 40th anniversary.
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Philip Morris consolidates its manufacturing in its state-of-the-art Richmond Manufacturing Center.
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Marlboro celebrates its 50th anniversary as Philip Morris USA moves headquarters to Richmond, Va.
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Philip Morris USA launches, a free information resource designed to help connect adult tobacco users who have decided to quit to expert quitting information from public health authorities and others.
Philip Morris & Co., Ltd. celebrates its 100-year anniversary.
Philip Morris USA signs the Master Settlement Agreement with 46 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Marlboro becomes the world’s best-selling cigarette brand.
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Philip Morris Inc. acquires Miller Brewing Company.
Philip Morris & Co., Ltd. re-positions Marlboro cigarettes as a cigarette brand for men. The cigarettes included new cork-tip filters housed in a flip-top box with a red roof design.
Philip Morris & Co. Ltd. moves to 100 Park Avenue in New York. The company will eventually occupy both 100 and 120 Park Avenue as its corporate headquarters.
Philip Morris & Co. Ltd. preferred stock is offered to the public.
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Philip Morris & Co. Ltd. integrates the labor force of its manufacturing center in Richmond, Va., three decades before Civil Rights becomes law.
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A new firm, owned by American stockholders, acquires the U.S. Philip Morris company and incorporates in Virginia under the name Philip Morris & Co. Ltd., Inc.

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Philip Morris & Co. Ltd. is incorporated in New York.


By royal warrant, Philip Morris & Co. is appointed tobacconist for King Edward VII.


Philip Morris makes his first cigarette.

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Philip Morris, Esq., tobacconist and importer of fine cigars, opens a shop on Bond Street in London.


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The Original Snuff Shop opens in Nashville, Tn., combining a retail area carrying Copenhagen products with an engagement space celebrating U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company's brands.
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company submits application to market Copenhagen Snuff Fine Cut as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). Application pending FDA approval.
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Altria acquires UST, Inc.
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United States Tobacco Company becomes the only smokeless tobacco manufacturer to sign the Smokeless Master Settlement Agreement with 45 state attorneys general.
United States Tobacco Company celebrates the 175th anniversary of Copenhagen by introducing Copenhagen Long Cut.
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UST, Inc. enters the wine business by acquiring Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's largest winery.
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United States Tobacco Company celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The number of United States Tobacco Company stockholders grows to 8,632, representing a dramatic 72 percent increase in five years' time.
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United States Tobacco Company constructs new packing and finishing department in Nashville, Tn.
United States Tobacco Company introduces Skoal, a wintergreen-flavored smokeless tobacco.
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Despite the Great Depression, United States Tobacco Company is one of just a handful of companies to retain all its employees and never miss a dividend payment.
Weyman-Bruton becomes the United States Tobacco Company.
Production of Copenhagen Snuff outpaces that of all Weyman & Bros.' other brands for the first time.
George Weyman, inventor of Copenhagen Snuff, opens his tobacco shop in Pittsburgh. This is the foundation of the future United States Tobacco Company.

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John Middleton begins manufacturing large machine-made cigars at Philip Morris USA's state-of-the-art Manufacturing Center in Richmond, Va.
John Middleton introduces its first two untipped cigarillo products nationwide: Black & Mild Sweets and Original.
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Altria acquires John Middleton from privately held Bradford Holdings.
John Middleton purchases various pipe-tobacco brands, including Prince Albert, Carter Hall, Apple and Royal Comfort.
John Middleton launches Black & Mild Pipe-Tobacco Cigarillos.
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John Middleton launches its first cigar made of pipe-tobacco.
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John Middleton opens its King of Prussia facility, ending manufacturing operations in Philadelphia.
John Middleton ends its retail business to focus on manufacturing and selling its own tobacco products.
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John Middleton begins manufacturing its pipe-tobacco products.
John Middleton establishes a tobacco shop in downtown Philadelphia.

Corporate Equality Index
For the fourth year, Altria received a perfect score of 100 in Human Rights Campaign's 2021 Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies and practices, and was recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
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Altria joins The Valuable 500 in support of individuals with disabilities. Read Release
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  • Altria commits $5 million to support non-profits working to advance racial, economic and social equity in our communities – investing $1 million in the National Urban League’s Equitable Justice & Democracy Initiative, $675,000 to support black-owned business development in Central Virginia and $1.75 million in Richmond's Better Housing Coalition. Learn More
  • Altria pledges commitment to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, committing two employees to participate in their Racial Equity Fellowship program, to help advance policy and social well-being. Learn More
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  • On June 19th, Altria raises the Juneteenth flag and declares the day a company-paid holiday for healing and reflection. Learn More
  • Altria supported the responsible removal of confederate statues in our hometown of Richmond, VA. Read Release
  • Activated employees in the Virginia General Assembly special session on criminal justice reform, supporting legislation on several critical police reform issues.
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John Middleton committed $1 million to non-profits that support Black-owned businesses, contributing $500,000 each to Philadelphia-based The Enterprise Center and to Cleveland-based Growth OppsLearn More

Virginia Value Act

Altria supports the successful passage of the Virginia Values Act to protect LGBTQ+ Virginians from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces. Learn More

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Altria established Inclusion & Diversity Aiming Points to support our 10-Year Vision.

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  • Altria provides a $1 million grant to expand Catalyst’s Women on Board program that matches exceptional candidates with leading CEOs and board chairs to help advance more women onto corporate boards.
  • The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce honors Altria with the prestigious "Best-of-the-Best" designation, recognizing "outstanding achievement in promoting cross segment diversity and inclusion" from the National Business Inclusion Consortium.
  • Forbes names Altria as one of 25 Virginia/DC Employers Best for Diversity.
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The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index names Altria one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” 2018 and 2019.


Altria supports the Thanks USA Military Scholarship Program.


  • Altria funds the Family PATHH Curriculum Program for the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation.
  • Altria serves as lead sponsor of Equality Virginia’s 13th Annual Commonwealth Dinner (2016-2018).
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Altria begins its sponsorship of the Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Workplace Summit.


  • Altria provides $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural exhibitions.
  • Altria invests $500,000 in the “Development of Freedom, Equality and the Law,” a permanent exhibit at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia Inc.

Altria provides $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund for the UNCF “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste” PSA campaign.


  • Altria champions the Thurgood Marshall College Fund through an investment in The Teacher Quality and Retention Program for Middle School STEM Teachers.
  • Altria provides support to sponsor the 32nd Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.


PM USA, partners with Hope for Warriors to support Warrior House Resource Center and aid in the creation of a national database to provide assistance to wounded soldiers.

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  • Altria issues a grant to Apollo Theater Foundation Inc. to advance programming capacity and introduce a new performance series.
  • Totaling more than $3 million, PM USA, completes its three-year commitment to the Women’s Sports Foundation for the support of GoGirlGo! programming.
  • Altria sponsors the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Congressional Internship Program offering opportunities for college undergraduates from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership, and term development as interns in CBCF offices.
  • Altria supports the creation of nutrition and fitness programs for the National Council Of Negro Women Inc.
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  • Altria provides $1.25 million grant to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for Alvin Ailey New Works Fund.
  • Altria supports the Centro Alameda Inc. inaugural weekly performance series at the Museo.
  • Altria partners with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. to launch Positive Helpings Pilot Project.
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  • The National Minority Supplier Development Council gives PM "The Corporation of the Year" award.
  • Hispanic magazine names PM Companies among its Top 25 recruitment programs and top vendor programs for Latinos.
  • For the third consecutive year, PM Companies Inc. makes the DIV2000 list, compiled from the votes of diverse-owned businesses that rate the top 50 corporations.


  • PM Companies Supplier Diversity Program reaches a milestone: Expenditures for this year exceed $1 billion in goods and services from diverse-owned firms.
  • The Asian-American Suppliers Council names PM USA Corporation of the Year.
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  • The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Corporation of the Year Award to PM Companies.
  • PM Companies launch Arts Against Hunger with the global tour of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • PM Companies helps establish Doors of Hope, a multimillion-dollar grantmaking initiative that supports domestic violence prevention programs in all 50 states.
  • Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council names PM USA the Corporation of the Year for 5th year.


  • PM Companies receive awards from Women in Management and Women Executives in Public Relations for its domestic violence help and awareness programs.
  • PM Companies receives the Corporation of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.


PM Companies hosts the first annual Corporate Conference on Domestic Violence in the U.S.


  • The U.S. Department of Commerce awards PM USA with Regional Director’s Outstanding Organization Award for its commitment to diverse business development.
  • The first 36 recipients of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, co-founded and supported by Miller and PM USA, complete their undergraduate degrees.
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  • A PM Companies grant to the American Indian College Fund provides college scholarships for Native Americans.
  • PM USA is one of several funders to launch the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, a non-profit civil and legal rights group.
  • PM USA and the National Women’s Political Caucus produce an updated National Directory of Women Elected Officials.
  • PM Companies support the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS.
  • PM USA receives the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Corporate Award.


PM Companies launch Helping the Helpers, a corporate initiative providing grants to hundreds of organizations.


PM Companies sponsor the major exhibit, The Latin American Spirit, which tours the U.S.


PM Companies host the reception for the Business Woman of the Year Award.

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The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, co-created by Miller and PM USA, provides merit-based four-year scholarships to students at historically black colleges and universities.


  • PM USA presents the first installment of a $1 million grant to the National Urban League’s Fund for a New Era.
  • PM USA co-sponsors the third annual meeting of the American Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs.
  • The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce presents its corporate change award to Philip Morris (PM) Companies (then parent company of PM USA).
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  • PM USA begins supporting Ballet Hispanico.
  • PM USA, which began doing business with diverse vendors in the 1970s, establishes a formal Minority Business Development Program—now the Altria Supplier Diversity Program.
  • PM USA sponsors the international tour of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beginning a longstanding relationship with this world-renowned dance company.
  • The first of 25 women executives at PM USA receives the YWCA/NYC Salute to Women Achievers Award.
  • PM USA joins the Industry-Labor Council, a national non-profit committed to improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



PM USA financially supports the newly formed National Black Caucus of State Legislators.


  • PM USA forms an Affirmative Action Committee — consisting of operating company presidents, board members, and diverse representatives—to monitor progress and set goals.
  • PM USA makes its first grant to the Asia Society.
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PM USA begins its ongoing partnership supporting Dance Theatre of Harlem.


PM USA sponsors the major exhibition, Indian Art of the Americas.


Virginia Slims sponsors the first women’s professional tennis tour. The first Virginia Slims Opinion Poll, developed to track women’s issues, is published.

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In Richmond, Va., PM USA launches its Minority Banking Program, leading the way in corporate America’s support of community banks that are majority owned by women and racial and ethnic minorities.


  • PM USA makes its first education grant to the United Negro College Fund.
  • White Citizens Council in the South calls for a boycott of PM USA products. Sales are cut in half, but PM USA stands firm on its equal employment and civil rights policies.
  • PM USA publishes a hotel and restaurant guide for Black travelers in the then-segregated South.
  • The National Urban League honors PM USA for its progressive labor relations.


PM USA financially supports the NAACP and other civil rights organizations.


PM USA becomes the first tobacco company to hire Black salesmen.

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Philip Morris USA integrates its labor force with Black employees at its manufacturing center in Richmond, Va.