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Chewing Tobacco

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Moist Snuff

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Plug

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Loose Leaf Chewing and Plug Tobacco

Chewing tobacco is one of the oldest ways of consuming tobacco and comes in several varieties. Pinkerton produces loose leaf and plug chewing tobaccos.

Loose leaf tobacco contains shredded tobacco leaves that have been flavored with sugar, licorice and other ingredients. Consumers will place the leaves in their mouth between their cheek and gums. They will alternate between chewing it and letting it rest in their cheek to enjoy the flavor of the tobacco. Consumers will need to spit out the saliva they generate while using chewing tobacco. When consumers are done “chewing” they spit out all the remaining leaves.

Plug chewing tobacco also contains shredded tobacco leaves that have been flavored and then pressed into a dense brownie-like brick. The tobacco can be cut or bitten off and then placed in the mouth. Plug users consume the product like chewing tobacco as described above.

How is it made?

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Great effort is made to purchase premium, high-quality tobacco leaves for our brands. Our primary source of tobacco is the US farmer. The US supply is supplemented with only the best international tobacco from prime growing regions. It is stored in nearby warehouses until needed.
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The blend of tobacco is created and then the tobacco leaves are heated with steam to re-hydrate the leaf to remove the undesired stems.
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Once slightly dried, the blended tobacco leaves are dipped into a sugar-based slurry known as “casing” that flavors the tobacco leaves.
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The leaves with casing flavoring will be stored for 24 hours in order for the flavor and moisture to equalize across the batch. Just before being packaged, some blends also receive an added flavoring known as top-flavor for an extra burst of flavor.
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Chew products are packaged in foil-lined pouches that seal in the freshness.
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Plug tobacco is flavored the same way as chew but is then wrapped and pressed into the well-known squares and set aside for special aging. When ready, they are packaged in a plastic wrapper.

The Pinkerton Difference

Pinkerton Tobacco soaks the tobacco leaves in the flavoring slurry (known as casing), rather than spraying the flavoring on the leaf, which delivers a richer, more full-bodied flavor. Pinkerton is the only tobacco company to use this process.

Moist Snuff

Moist snuff, often referred to as “dip,” contains shredded tobacco leaves that have been flavored. Consumers place a pinch under their lower lip and need to spit any saliva that is generated. Moist snuff is also available in pouches that consumers place in their lower lip and use the same way. When consumers are done “dipping,” they spit out the loose tobacco.

How is it made?

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Just like chewing tobacco, only the best high-quality tobacco leaves make it into our moist snuff brands. We work closely with American tobacco farmers to produce prime leaf. The US supply is supplemented as needed with premium international tobacco. It is stored in nearby warehouses until needed.
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The blend of tobacco is created and then the tobacco leaves are heated with steam to re-hydrate the leaf to remove the undesired stems.
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Sharp cutters turn the tobacco leaves into snuff-sized tobacco. Loose snuff is cut into long cut or fine cut.
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After receiving the initial flavorings, the tobacco is returned to the warehouse for a special aging process.
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The aged tobacco is then placed in a huge blender where it receives additional flavoring.
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Loose snuff is packed into the familiar snuff cans.
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Pouch snuff is loaded into little fabric pouches and then packed into the snuff cans.