Tobacco Asia

Volume 18, Number 4

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tobaccoasia 69 Emerging local and global legislation in the Tobacco industry places an increased focus on product identification. We have a complete range of coding and marking technology for printing packs, car tons and master cases to help you become compliant with any emerging legislation. Domino has built up unparalleled exper tise in this market and is the preferred supplier to the world's leading Tobacco manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Coding and marking for product identification US LEAF A problem for burley, potential disaster for flue-cured Flue-cured The disaster that every American farmer fears most seemed to come closer to reality with every one of the many rainy days that the flue-cured ar- eas of Virginia and North Carolina experienced this spring and summer: an oversupply so burden- some that the market can only respond with dras- tically reduced prices. Through mid August, those states, and to a lesser extent South Carolina and Georgia, appeared awash in flue-cured leaf, much more than buyers were prepared to absorb. Some clarity was achieved when the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture issued its first all-type vol- ume projection of the year. Its estimate for flue- cured was 531 million pounds, but still 17 percent over last year. One dealer said that the crop could exceed USDA's expectations. "It is a barn buster. It could well reach 550 million pounds. Unless there is a disaster, I don't see how the market is going to ab- sorb it all. I would expect the price for the excess to get down perhaps to 2010 levels." Flue-cured contracting may have amounted to 460 million pounds, the dealer says. "If we pro- duced just 490 million pounds, every pound would be sold," he says. "But 50 or 75 million more than that? I don't know." One imponderable: This region has been sub- jected to a late season hurricane in several of the last few years. A really bad one could ameliorate the situation quite a bit. Burley For burley, the situation is the reverse. An extreme lack of rain could bring production down from last year, although the USDA estimate is 201 million pounds, up 4% from last year. A burley grower near Asheville, N.C., cuts down stalks with a tobacco "knife"--a thin sharp blade attached to a long handle which he uses to cut the stalk clear through close to the ground.

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