AOI to enter Uganda

| October 6, 2014

Alliance One International (AOI) has announced its intention to enter the Ugandan tobacco leaf market once all relevant governmental approvals and licenses, including registration of its new Ugandan subsidiary, Alliance One Tobacco Uganda (AOU), are complete.

AOU’s core business plans to include providing agronomy services to tobacco growers through an integrated production system that supports sustainable compliant tobacco leaf production. To execute on its plan, AOU expects to employ agronomy and support staff in Uganda, drawing from local talent to develop a dedicated country team. To meet first-year production goals, AOU intends to register and sponsor farmers that produce both flue-cured and burley tobaccos for the upcoming 2015 crop.

“Once complete, the addition of Uganda to our existing African footprint further strengthens our regional position as a leading supplier to both new and existing customers,” says Pieter Sikkel, AOI’s president and chief executive officer.

“Ugandan tobaccos have a good range of quality flavor and semi flavor styles that complement tobaccos from our other supply origins. We are excited about the heightened prospects for Ugandan tobacco on the world market.”


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