Largest exporter in Brazil, Souza Cruz produces one of the world's best tobacco.
Tobacco produced by Souza Cruz is recognized as one of the best of the world, especially the Virginia type. Its production is destined to cigarette manufacture as for exportation.
In 2015, the company sold 108 thousand tons of tobacco for more than 40 countries, representing 25% of international transactions in the sector. Most of this volume is aimed at BAT markets - Souza Cruz is the leading provider of tobacco to BAT group worldwide.
To meet internal and external demands, the company produces various types of tobacco. Despite the specificities of each variety, cultivation is done basically the same way. The tradition of family farming in the planting of tobacco gives the production a handmade tract, which guarantees top quality.
Through the Integrated Tobacco Production (ITPS), the producer receives from Souza Cruz all inputs and seeds needed for the harvest. The first step is the production of seedlings, made on the property. Then, they are transplanted one by one to the area under cultivation.
The manufacturer keeps track of the development process of plants to harvest, which is not necessarily made at once. The leaves can mature at different rates, according to, for example, exposure to sunlight.
After harvesting, tobacco passes through the curing process, which can be done in two ways. The Virginia tobacco, more common in Brazilian crops, spends four to five days in a greenhouse with controlled temperature and humidity. Other types hang for about 40 days, exposed to natural conditions until they reach the desired point.
The last step on the property is the classification of the leaves. They are divided and grouped according to the similarity of characteristics. The value of each type shall be evaluated separately in purchase process of tobacco, so the production is delivered to Souza Cruz in their processing plants.
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