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Tobacco Value Chain Diagram

Seedlings and produced in green houses and transferred to fields.

Leaves are cured to remove all the natural sap. (Air, flue, and sun)

Auction or contract system by stalk position, color, texture, aroma,

and size.

Tobacco is stored, aged, blended, conditioning, casing, cutting, drying, and flavored.

Manufactured by machine and put through quality control checks, wrapping, and printing.

Inserted into packs and wrapped to preserve the quality.

Tobacco

Tobacco

Grading &

Primary

Harvesting

Curing

Buying

Processing

Cigarette Manufacturing

Packaging

Burley tobacco

Counties such as

International

Nash County -

Three largest

Philip Morris

is primarily

Surry, Wilson,

buyers from

Universal Leaf

companies in

has a facility in

grown and

and Edgecombe

places like

Tobacco Co.

US (Philip

Carrabus

harvested in

have tobacco

South America,

started high tech

Morris,

County where

Asheville and

curing plants.

Asia, Turkey,

tobacco

Reynolds

its packaging

surrounding

Owners of

and China.

processing plant.

American,

process occurs.

areas. Golden

curing facilities

Warehouses and

Spent $130

Lorillard)

Also invests a

Leaf tobacco is

try to innovate

Auction houses

million to

maintain

lot of money to

grown in the

new ways to

can be found in

upgrade plants,

production

protect jobs and

eastern part of

cure tobacco

Wilson,

like one in

facilities in NC

modernize

the state,

more efficiently.

Asheville, and

Rocky Mount,

(Winston-Salem,

manufacturing.

primarily in Wilson.

North

Carolina

most Eastern

in 2001.

Greensboro,

parts of the sate.

Concord)

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