Benson & Hedges was founded in Old Bond Street, London, in 1873 by partners Richard Benson and William Hedges. In 1878, the company received the so-called. Royal Warrant, which, however, was abolished in 1999. Benson & Hedges was one of the first to sell tobacco in cans rather than by weight to keep the product fresh. In 1885, after the death of Richard Benson, Hedges' son, Alfred Paget, joined the company.
Beginning in 1899, Benson & Hedges began their westward expansion by opening a branch and brand store (until 1950) in New York. At this time, Benson & Hedges cigarettes were positioned as premium cigarettes and were made from complex bags of tobacco from around the world. Particularly original, for that time, the Parliament variety looked, thanks to the built-in mouthpiece.
Despite the fact that Benson & Hedges products have existed on the Canadian market since 1906, the official branch opened only in 1967. It was this brand that brought the 100mm cigarette to the Canadian market. In the late 1970s, Lights 100's (Regular and Menthol) appeared, and in 1986 King Size.
In 1928, the American branch of Benson & Hedges was sold to an American business group that included Hitt, Farwell & Company and the Murray Hill Trust Company. And in 1954, the Benson & Hedges brand was resold to Philip Morris.
But by that time, the British Benson & Hedges had opened branches almost all over the world.
In 1955, Benson & Hedges was sold to the English company Gallaher. The most significant innovation in Benson & Hedges cigarettes was the patented "Pure Gold" filter. It appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was renamed simply "Gold" in the 2000s.
In 1956, British American Tobacco acquired all Benson & Hedges subsidiaries except English, Irish, Canadian, USA, Taiwanese and Filipino.
Benson & Hedges cigarettes are still in production today. And they are still positioned as premium premium cigarettes. The composition of cigarettes is Virginia or the so-called. american blend, depending on the market.
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