Production

In preparation for production, the tobacco is treated with steam. The steam permeates the leaves, which makes the tobacco supple and ready for further conditioning and blending.

The blended tobacco is then temporarily stored in a conditioned area where moisture can completely permeate the leaves for a period of time. Following the interim storage, the tobacco leaves are stretched by laying them parallel on belts that transport the tobacco to the cutting bench. The tobacco is pressed together on the cutting bench and cut crosswise to the length.

The cut width depends on the type of end product. The cut, moistened tobacco blend is dried again in a heated, rotating drum until it obtains the required level of moistness. Subsequently, the tobacco is air-cooled. After cooling, flavours are added to some blends, depending on the end product.
Before being packed, the tobacco is stored for a while in an air-conditioned room so that the various tobacco components can blend well.

Contrary to fine-cut tobacco, several types of pipe tobaccos are pressed before they are cut. The used leaves are stripped (e.g. the veins are removed from the leaves), resulting in shorter tobacco strands than those for fine-cut tobacco. The pressing process takes places after the blending. The fermentation during the pressing process gives this pipe tobacco its characteristic identity.