J. Cortes Cigars, Belgiums prime cigar producer, was established in 1926 by Maurits Vandermarliere. Several decades later, the company has shown a spectacular growth reaching a yearly consolidated production of over 480 million cigars, which are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. Driven by a continuous search for new opportunities, production facilities have been established in the Far East. Together with companies in Handzame and Zwevegem in Belgium, they make up one of the largest family-owned cigar companies worldwide.In 2009 CEO Guido Vandermarliere has welcomed the third generation into J. Cortes Cigars. Together with his son Frederik, he ensures the bright future of this international tobacco-company.