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The business was originally founded in 1857 by Tom Gallaher in Derry, Ireland.
By 1896, he had opened the largest tobacco factory in the world in Belfast.
The business was incorporated on 28 March 1896 to "carry on in all their branches the businesses of tobacco, cigar, cigarettes and snuff manufacture".
Formerly produced in London and Dublin, Gallaher's moved its production to Belfast (cigarettes) and Wales (cigars) in the early 1900s.
Brands included: Benson and Hedges, Silk Cut, Sterling, Mayfair, Kensitas, Kensitas Club, Senior Service, Olivier, du Maurier, Nelson and Park Drive; and in cigars Manikin and King Six and Hamlet; and amongst tobaccos Two Flakes Tobacco, Gallaher's Condor Sliced, Rich Dark Honeydew, Cope's Escudo, Old Holborn, Amber Leaf, Sobranie.