South Korean tobacco company KT&G signs deal to sell cigarettes in the Middle East and Russia..

December 16, 2010 - South Korea's biggest tobacco company, KT&G Corporation, said on Wednesday, December 15th it has signed a 520 billion Korean won (456.5 million US dollars) deal with Alokozay International Ltd to sell its cigarettes in the Middle East and Russia.

Alokozay International Ltd's Web site describes the Alokozay group as a major organization in the tea and cigarette industries. The site says the group comprises three main companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

April 19, 2010 - Tobacco Asia has been taking a look at KT & G Corporation..

October 10, 2010 - KT&G Corp., Korea’s tobacco monopoly, has recently completed the construction of a plant in Russia to expand its presence in the world’s second-largest tobacco market. Russia - KT&G Corp. completes construction of plant..

January 28, 2010 - South Korea - KT&G forms alliance with Imperial Tobacco Group to manufacture Imperial products..

According to KT&G, ESSE is the leading international brand from the point of view of health-oriented and premium cigarettes category, as the company applied a great effort to create a product with a very low lever of tar and nicotine, highly effective filter technology and the lowest amount of harmful additives across the industry. (KT&G: a Look on ESSE Cigarettes Maker,, 5/10/2010)

Reference: Korea's KT&G wins $456m Middle East, Russia deal by Reuters,,. 12/15/2010.

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