In 1822, George Weyman, inventor of Copenhagen Snuff, opened a tobacco shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

While customers made his brand of tobacco one of the most popular in Pittsburgh, even Weyman himself could not have envisioned that his store would spawn a company that became the world’s leading producer and marketer of moist smokeless tobacco products, now called the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

Since its humble beginnings in 1822, USSTC has developed an American heritage and a close relationship with tobacco growers in Kentucky and Tennessee and manufacturing communities in Hopkinsville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. that continue almost two centuries later.

USSTC joined the Altria family of companies in 2009 and is headquartered in Richmond, Va. Today, our goal is to be the leading oral tobacco and oral nicotine products company with products that appeal to a diverse set of adult tobacco consumers and have the potential to reduce harm.

Copenhagen leads our moist smokeless tobacco product portfolio. In 2019, it was the number one premium moist smokeless tobacco brand in the United States. Skoal, our other leading brand, was the number two premium brand. We also make Red Seal and Husky.

Our Moist Smokeless Tobacco Brands

We are the world's leading manufacturer of moist smokeless tobacco, including:

USSTC Brands image composite

Oral Tobacco Market Share

This chart summarizes retail share performance for USSTC's brands for 2020. USSTC’s retail share was 49.8 percent.*

Pie chart showing USSTC market share

Altria Group

USSTC became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altria Group, Inc. in 2009. USSTC provides long-term value to Altria's shareholders. Please view Altria's quarterly earnings release for current financial information.


Our Employees

Our industry faces big challenges and we seek the best people to give us a talent advantage. Employees want challenging, meaningful work. They want to make decisions that matter and have purpose, while developing their careers. That’s why we’re focused on developing high-performing and engaged employees who will help us continue to deliver superior results in the future. 

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* Retail share results for smokeless products are based on data from IRI InfoScan, a tracking service that uses a sample of stores to project market share and depict share trends. This service tracks sales in the food, drug, mass merchandisers, convenience, military, dollar store and club trade classes on the number of cans and packs sold. Smokeless products is defined by IRI as moist smokeless and spit-free tobacco products. New types of smokeless products, as well as new packaging configurations of existing smokeless products, may or may not be equivalent to existing MST products on a can-for-can basis. For example, one pack of snus, irrespective of the number of pouches in the pack, is assumed to be equivalent to one can of MST. Because this service represents retail share performance only in key trade channels, it should not be considered a precise measurement of actual retail share. It is IRI’s standard practice to periodically refresh its InfoScan services, which could restate retail share results that were previously released in this service.
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