The Snuff Tobacco Reference

Leonard Dingler and the Leonard Dingler Tobacco Concern

Leonard Johan Dingler (1869–1933) was a Dutch tobacco merchant and manufacturer who operated in what today is South Africa. Dingler initially made a business of selling pipe tobacco to British Soldiers in the Transvaal during the Second Boer War,1 afterward moving to the region of Johannesburg where in 1920 he formally incorporated his company as Leonard Dingler Limited.2 3 The company introduced to the market its best-selling Boxer tobacco brand in 1937, and the Taxi snuff tobacco brand was introduced circa 1971.1 In 1999, the Leonard Dingler company was majority acquired by Swedish Match South Africa,1 and in 2009 Philip Morris South Africa acquired the Swedish Match South Africa operations including the Leonard Dingler company.4


  1. Swedish Match. Immigrant with a feeling for tobacco. Year 2000; Number 1; Issue 2000-02; Page 9. 2000. Digitised version
  2. The Union of South Africa Government Gazette. Volume 39; Number 1029; Issue 1920-02-27; Supplement Advertisements; Page 21. 1920. Digitised version
  3. The Union of South Africa Government Gazette. Volume 39; Number 1032; Issue 1920-03-12; Page 686. 1920. Digitised version
  4. Philip Morris buys Swedish Match’s OTP business. Tobacco Journal International. 2009. Archived 2022-05-10