ESTA was founded in 1990 in Brussels by the German and Dutch smoking tobacco associations (VdR and VNK). ESTA is the voice of European companies that manufacture and produce fine-cut (rolling) tobacco, pipe tobacco, traditional chewing tobacco and nasal snuff tobaccos.
ESTA members mainly are European smaller and mid-sized companies, including family-owned business, of which several exists for over a century. As such ESTA represents a tobacco entrepreneurship, whose value is tied to traditional products and a longstanding European cultural heritage.
The core markets for fine-cut tobacco are Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium / Luxembourg, France and the UK.
The core markets for pipe tobacco are Germany, the UK, Denmark and France.
The core markets for nasal snuff tobacco are Germany and the UK.
Smoking tobacco comprises approximately 11% of the total sales of tobacco products in the European Union: around 10% for fine-cut tobacco and less than 1% for pipe tobacco.
|Mr Peter van der Mark||Secretary General|
|Mrs Federica Zolla||EU Affairs Manager|
|Mr William Meyer||EU Policy Officer|
|Mr Christian Greiveldinger||Landewyck Tobacco S.A.||Luxembourg||Chairman|
|Mr Michiel Reerink||JT International SA||Belgium||Vice-Chairman|
|Mr Giovanni Carucci||British American Tobacco Belgium||Belgium|
|Mr Alan Hardacre||Imperial Tobacco Group Belgium||Belgium|
|Mr Rob Zwarts||Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S||Denmark|
|Mr Patrick Engels||Verband der deutschen Rauchtabakindustrie||Germany|
|Mr Marc Von Eicken||Verband der deutschen Rauchtabakindustrie||Germany|
|Mr Per Buch||Mac Barren Tobacco Group||Denmark|
|Products Working Group||Chairman: Michiel Reerink|
|Tax & Trade Working Group||Chairman: Bart Alkemade|
|Technical Taskforce||Chairman: Bob van Mierlo|
|Traditional Nasal Snuff & Chewing Tobacco Working Group||
Chairman: Patrick Engels