Leaf

Bringing Tobacco To The Rest Of The World

Transforming Leaf - Green to Golden


Tobacco leaf undergoes a range of transformations from the crop under the farmer to the end-user. Each is critical in ensuring the best tobacco reaches the customer.

Cultivation

Sound agricultural practices incorporating environmental criteria and an approach with traceability at the core, the Group guarantees superior, chemical-and residue free leaf.

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Post harvest, the tobacco leaf is cured to achieve the desired attributes, color and texture. Curing or removal of moisture from the leaf, is a fundamental factor in giving tobacco its flavor and aroma, determining its appearance and character. Readying it for the market. Drying or curing is accomplished by four basic methods which vary with the type of tobacco. Air curing - leaf is hung in well-ventilated barns and allowed to dry over a period of time. Cigar and Burley tobaccos are air cured. Flue curing - heat-curing the tobacco with flues pipes without exposing it to smoke, gradually raising the temperature over the course of the process. Virginia leaf is Flue cured. Sun curing - drying out in the sun. Oriental tobaccos are sun dried. Fire Cured - Tobacco treated with continuous or intermittent low smolders. Pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff are fire cured.

Leaf Grading

Grading or sorting of cured leaf into lots is one of the most important elements for the manufacturing purpose - homogeneously categorized as per the plant position, styles and external appearance as per the International Grade Standards.

Threshing

Leaf is threshed to separate the lamina and the stem.BBM's plants at Karedu in Ongole and Pothur in Guntur, perform the core operations of threshing, re-drying and packing.

Quality Control

Strict parameters of processing are constantly controlled to assure the most excellent possible results using two methods - Coresta and Philip Morris.

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