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In the August of 1815, at the Tobacco Factory in Florence, a batch of tobacco that had been left to dry in the summer sun was instead drenched by a violent shower. It was decided to use all that tobacco to produce cheap cigars to sell to the people of Florence. It was a great success. In fact, the water had fermented the tobacco, giving it a completely "new" taste. Thus was born the TOSCANO® cigar, which went into production on a regular basis in 1818. MST was founded in 2006 when the Maccaferri Industrial Group acquired from BAT Italia the branch that produces and markets TOSCANO® brand cigars. The operation, which returned a historic national brand to Italian control, is part of the strategic logic that guides the Maccaferri Group, present for more than a century in various agro-industrial sectors.