British American Tobacco Kenya Ltd. manufactures and markets tobacco and related products. It manufactures cigarettes under contract and sells processed tobacco green leaf for its related companies. BAT does not own Tobacco nor does it employ farmers directly; the company has 5,537 contracted farmers countrywide where contracted farmers have a set amount of leaf to deliver. The company earns 45 per cent of its revenue from export of cigarettes and semi-processed (cut rag) tobacco to countries like Egypt.
Recently the company signed a deal with Malian state tobacco company Sonatam to produce and distribute BAT’s Dunhill International cigarettes for the West African market. BAT is focusing on other markets as Kenya tightens laws and regulations in the Tobacco Industry meant to govern the Manufacture, Sale and Advertising of Tobacco Products. Tobacco has been the mainstay of BAT’s products for the longest time; however there is huge potential in next generation products which include Vapour Products like e-cigarettes. The Success of BAT over the years can be attributed to Immense investment in Reasearch and Development that has bolstered innovation to for instance make BAT the first tobacco company to have a nicotine product – Voke – licensed as a medicine. Vapour Products (e-cigarettes) are not entirely without risk, but they are widely considered to be significantly less risky than smoking.
About British American Tobacco Kenya Plc
British American Tobacco Kenya plc, formerly British American Tobacco Kenya Limited, is a Kenya-based company, which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and tobacco. The Company has over 10 brands sold in the Kenyan market. The Company’s factory in Nairobi supplies various markets and produces a range of products. The Company’s factory is a manufacturing hub for the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The Company’s brands include Dunhill, Embassy and Sportsman. The Company also offers Rothmans in the Kenyan market. The Company’s other products include Dunhill Release, a mentholated convertible cigarette; Embassy Fresh, a differentiated menthol cigarette, and Dunhill Switch, a capsule offer. The Company has a Green Leaf Threshing plant in Thika. The Company is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Plc.
Chairperson of the Board
Finance Director, Executive Director
Head of Operations
Simukai D. Munjanganja
Head of Legal and External Affairs