Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Tobacco is grown in over 125 countries around the world, on over four million hectares of land, a quarter of which are in China. The global tobacco crop is worth approximately $20.0 billion, a small fraction of the total amount generated from the sale of manufactured tobacco products around the world.
Tobacco is grown on less than one percent of the world's agricultural land, and in a wide variety of soils and climates. Since the 1960s, the bulk of production has moved from the Americas to Africa and Asia. Land devoted to tobacco growing has been halved in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but has almost doubled in China, Malawi and Tanzania.
Tobacco leaf production in China is set to total 3.0 million tons in 2013, with flue-cured tobacco leaves accounting for about 89.2%.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Flue-cured tobacco leaf
Flue-cured tobacco leaf is the main product segment in the industry and is expected to account for 89.2% of total output of tobacco leaves in 2013. It is used almost entirely in Virginia-type cigarettes. Some of the heavier leaves can be used in mixtures for pipe smoking. Flue-cured leaf is characterized by a high sugar-to-nitrogen ratio. This ratio is enhanced by the picking of the leaf in an advanced stage of ripeness, and by the unique curing process that allows certain chemical changes to occur in the leaf. Flue-cured leaf tobacco is harvested as it matures from the ground up. Major flue-cured producers in the world are: China, the United States, Brazil, India and Zimbabwe... purchase to read more