There’s much to be decided about the future of Royal Agio Cigars employees now that the company has been purchased by Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) but each employee will be getting a payment from the Wintermans family, the longtime owners of Agio.
A total of €10 million ($11.14 million) will be split between the company’s 3,200 employees worldwide. According to a report, the company proposed a €250 per person payment, but that was rejected and led to strikes at the company’s factory in Westerlo, Belgium. Instead, the company will pay a total of €10 million divided amongst the employees. The exact amount a person receives will be based on the number of years of employment for Agio.
STG—the owner of Cigars International, General Cigar Co. and others—purchased Agio for €210 million ($234.59 million).
Agio’s primary business is selling machine-made cigars under the Mehari’s and Panter brands, though it also has a premium cigar label in the form of Balmoral.