What is the Right Way to Store Bulk Tobacco?

By: Eric Whitaker The right way to store bulk tobacco and three reasons for storing tobacco in bulk storage: 1.)    Lower cost of purchasing in larger quantities. 2.)    Protecting the value of your tobacco from future cost increase in taxes and availability. 3.)    Maturation and Preservation of your favorite tobaccos. What are the three factors that affect tobacco storage? 1.)    Humidity 2.)    Temperature 3.)    Oxidation The proper humidity of tobacco should be around 70% relative humidity in a given volume of air, with a leaf moisture content not to exceed 30%. Tobacco will form mold if too moist. Metal containers may form rust, if the tobacco is too wet. The proper temperature is around 65-70F.  You want to avoid excessive heat, to preserve the natural volatile oils of the leaf, and to avoid the casings in fragrant blends from going stale. An airtight container is good to avoid deterioration from oxygen—and a vacuum container is ideal. Most people do not have access to a vacuum apparatus to expel the oxygen, but some suppliers offer bulk tobacco in pressed, vacuum packaging. Obtain some 1 gallon size thick polyethelene plastic ziplocks, transfer your tobacco into them, press out as much air as you can, seal them, and place a single tobacco in tight sealing plastic storage bins. Your tobacco should remain fresh for 1 year, in cool, constant temperature. It is important to note—make sure the tobacco you have purchased is fresh, because if it is dry—it cannot be returned to its Continue Reading →

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Mac Baren to Acquire Altadis USA Pipe Tobacco Division

Will operate under its original name, Sutliff Tobacco CSP Daily News | April 16, 2013 RICHMOND, Va. — Mac Baren Tobacco Co., a 125-year-old pipe tobacco company based in Denmark, has reached an agreement with Altadis USA to purchase the company’s pipe tobacco division located in Richmond, Va. The acquired pipe business will operate under its original name, Sutliff Tobacco Co., which was founded in San Francisco 1849, making it one of the oldest pipe tobacco companies in the United States. The acquisition is expected to be completed later this spring. For Altadis USA and its service company, Commonwealth-Altadis Inc., a unit of international Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, the move allows the company to focus on its strategic core cigarette and cigar businesses. “This acquisition continues to build on Mac Baren Tobacco Co.’s considerable reputation as a world leader in the pipe tobacco industry,” said Paul Creasy, current general manager, who will continue to lead the business as president. “I am also pleased to announce that Sutliff Tobacco Co. will continue to manufacture pipe tobacco at its Perdue Avenue factory in Richmond.” Sutliff has been manufacturing in Richmond since 1953. It began manufacturing its flagship brand, Mixture 79, in 1933. “This is a perfect strategic fit for both Mac Baren and Sutlilff,” Creasy said. Sutliff Tobacco will import and distribute Mac Baren products in the Western Hemisphere. “This acquisition will not only strengthen the pipe tobacco portfolio of Sutliff Tobacco, but also will bring to the U.S. market Mac Baren Tobacco Co.’s Continue Reading →

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