The firm expanded rapidly, and several important distributorship agreements were concluded. Two of these MARTINI & ROSSI (1880) and BENEDICTINE (1886) exist to this day.
Paul Cutajar died in 1897 leaving the business to his nephew, Arthur Zammit Cutajar. As Arthur was too young at the time of Paul Cutajar’s death, his father Francesco Zammit administered the business until 1907.
In 1905, P.Cutajar & Co was appointed the exclusive distributor for DEWAR’S White Label Scotch Whisky. The company rented new offices at 12 St.Paul Street, Valletta in 1908.
In the early part of the 20th century, the company’s main focus was in the ship agency business. In fact, in 1913, the company was the largest steamship agent in Malta, according to the historical book “Malta & Gibraltar".
In between the two world wars, the company concluded agreements with EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY (1937) as the Kodak distributor.
Arthur Zammit Cutajar passed away in 1958. His sons Alfred, Francis and George succeeded to the business. They became the first directors when the firm became a limited liability company in 1958.
P. Cutajar & Co. Ltd has now moved away from the ship agency business. It is focused primarily on the importation and distribution of fast moving consumer goods. Many additions were made to the company’s portfolio over the years. Particularly noteworthy among them are FERRERO chocolates (1967) and LAVAZZA coffee (1987). In more recent years, the company acquired the distribution rights for the MARTINI BACARDI GROUP, JP CHENET Wines, HIGHLAND SPRING Mineral Water, PASQUA and BERSANO Wines and HAAGEN DAZS Ice Creams.
The company is also involved in the retail trade operating two SOLARIS sunglasses shops in Valletta and Sliema as well as a COCCINELLE handbag store in Sliema.
By the early nineteen eighties, the company had out grown its premises in Valletta which had served the company for more than 75 years, and moved to custom built premises in Mriehel in 1986. P.Cutajar has since moved to another location in San Gwann.
The present management team of the P.Cutajar Group is composed of seven persons and includes two members of the Cutajar family. As the mission statement declares, the company strives to build profitable relationships with all its partners and it looks forward to many more years of successful trading.