J. Cortes acquires ECMI

Belgian family business J. Cortès recently signed an agreement for acquisition of ECMI, the Irish based family cigar business with its branche in Ballaghaderreen, Ireland. With this transaction ECMI will be 100% part of J. Cortès, via its daughter Neos Sigarenfabriek NV.

ECMI has shown considerable volume growth and will benefit from the expertise and size of J. Cortès. Moreover, it will be better equipped to overcome the challenges the cigars business is confronted with nowadays and will be confronted with in future (TPD2 Track & Trace, smoking bans, plain packages, tobacco excises, dark market..).

We believe that the new group will be stronger in relation to our suppliers, adherence to legislation and the markets.

Fred Vandermarliere, CEO J. Cortès

As of today Aoife O’Dowd will resign as Managing Director of ECMI and Fred Vandermarliere will take over that role. Aoife will take up a new role as Key Account Manager for all Private Labels of ECMI and she will have an active role in the further sales growth of the J. Cortès group of companies.

The ECMI management team will remain in place and will be supported by Jos Breemans who acts on behalf of J.Cortès as general manager to create a smooth transition of the ownership.

About J. Cortès Cigars

J. Cortès Cigars has been in the hands of the Vandermarliere family since 1926. This West-Flemish company holds a very strong position in the European market, producing 100% machine made AND handmade cigars, and is active in more than 80 countries worldwide. Core brands are J. Cortès, Neos and Amigos in machine made cigars as well as Oliva, NUB and Cain in hand made cigars. Its passion for cigars and tobacco is emulated by 3,350 employees worldwide.

Facts & Figures:

- Total annual production of 500 million machine made cigars (J. Cortès, Neos, Amigos) and 15 million handmade cigars (Oliva, NUB, Cain)

- Production and offices in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Handzame and Zwevegem (Belgium), Esteli (Nicaragua), Santiago (Dominican Republic) and Miami (USA)

- Over 3,350 employees

About ECMI

ECMI is a family owned cigar business based in Ireland, known for its Private Label business for 3rd parties amongst them many well-known tobacco and food trade chains and online shops in Europe as well as the USA. The company is active in 15 markets.

Facts & Figures

- Total annual production of over 30 million machine made cigars

- Headquartered in Ireland

- Production unit in Ballaghaderreen (Ireland)

- 40 employees

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About J. Cortès

J. Cortès is a family run company with a passion for cigars. Cigars in all shapes and sizes. It's a never-ending story of dedication and craftsmanship that started in 1926. Don't smoke but enjoy! Our prime brands are J. Cortes, Country, Neos and Amigos. For the major European countries we have strong in-house sales teams; for other markets our brands are in the hands of our export managers and sold over 80 countries globally. In 2016 CEO Fredje fell in love with artisanal cigar company Oliva Cigars, based in the US and Nicaragua. A business marriage was set and it turned out to be the party of the year. The Cortès family business now spreads across two continents.

Don't smoke but enjoy!