Altria's tobacco subsidiary, Philip Morris, is the world's largest commercial tobacco company by sales.
Philip Morris was founded by a London tobacconist of the same name. He was one of the first people
to sell hand-rolled cigarettes in the 1860s, selling them under the brand names Oxford and Cambridge
The company opened its New York office in 1902 and soon became part of James Duke's American
Tobacco Company monopoly.
1951: Philip Morris becomes the highly visible sponsor of CBS's "I Love Lucy" TV Show.
1969: Philip Morris Inc. acquired Miller Brewing Company from W.R. Grace and Company
1988: Philip Morris acquired Kraft Foods.
2000: Philip Morris merges Nabisco, a spin-off from RJR Nabisco, into Kraft Foods.
2001: Philip Morris sold Miller Brewing Company to South African Breweries, retaining a 36% share.
Philip Morris brands:
Alpine, Basic, Benson & Hedges, Best, Bond Street, Bristol, Bucks, Cambridge, Chesterfield, Classic, Collector's
Choice, Commander, English Ovals, Lark, L&M, Marlboro, Merit, Morava, Next, Parliament, Players, Saratoga,
Virginia Slims & West