With over 110 years in the tobacco business, Souza Cruz has developed a successful history, with a solid reputation as a cigarette manufacturer and as a tobacco exporter. With a long history of hard work and success, Souza Cruz’s agribusiness is deeply rooted in the south of Brazil.
With around 30 thousand contracted tobacco growers as partners and one of the biggest leaf processing complexes in the world, Souza Cruz supplies the domestic market and also exports to more than 50 countries world-wide. Souza Cruz’s focus on quality of all its operations has led to its multiple certification, a unique achievement in our business.
A history of Souza Cruz
1903 - Souza Cruz was founded on April 25, by Albino Souza Cruz. Rio de Janeiro / RJ.
1918 - Beginning of the Integrated Tobacco Production System. Currently, the company operates in partnership with 30 thousand Integrated Tobacco Farmers.
1969 - Beginning of leaf exports by Souza Cruz.
1985 - Corn and Bean after Tobacco Harvest Program is launched, now under the coordination of SindiTabaco as of 2014.
1987 - Beginning of the activities in the Tobacco Breeding Centre, Rio Negro / PR.
1995 - Souza Cruz implements the FLOAT System in Brazil. Loose Leaf (LL) Barn is launched.
2002 - Extended School Journey: Incentive to outside normal classroom hours. Sustains SindiTabaco’s Growing-UP Right programme.
2003 - Inauguration of the Industrial and Manufacturing Complex in Cachoeirinha / RS and of the Environmental Parks in the Units of Santa Cruz do Sul, Cachoeirinha and Uberlândia.
2004 - Launching of the Soil Master Plan.
2009 - ‘Knowing Project' is launched. Incentive to digital skills at farm level, with upwards of 10 thousand computers handed over to Integrated Tobacco Farmers.
2013 - Launching of Producer Website: www.produtorsouzacruz.com.br
2014 - Publication of Technical Standards for Certifying Integrated Tobacco Production (MAPA).
Launching of Water Resources Administrator Programme.
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