New York, November 5, 2014 – Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE / Euronext Paris: PM) today announced its decision to adopt a new leaf buying model in the United States. The company will transition from directly purchasing tobacco through contracts with U.S. growers to purchasing through two suppliers, Alliance One International Inc. (AOI) and Universal Corporation (Universal). This new purchasing model will take effect on April 1, 2015.
“Moving to a new system for leaf purchasing in the U.S. will help us achieve important supply chain efficiencies while remaining a major purchaser of U.S. grown tobacco,” said Nicolas Denis, Vice-President Leaf, PMI.
“While we are changing our approach to buying tobacco in the U.S., PMI’s commitment to improving farm labor conditions on the farms from which we source tobacco has not changed. We require our suppliers to adhere to our practices, principles and standards, including our leading Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) program. Through supplying leaf to PMI in many markets around the world, AOI and Universal are key partners in our efforts to implement our ALP program on the farms where we source tobacco. With these new U.S. supply agreements even more U.S. tobacco growers will come under PMI’s ALP standards,” said Denis.
As a result of this transition, approximately 35 PMI employees based out of Richmond, VA., will be impacted.
“It is unfortunate that this decision will impact some of our employees and it is our priority to provide them with the best possible support and assistance during this transition,” said Denis.
For more information regarding Philip Morris International’s Good Agricultural Practices and Agricultural Labor Practices visit www.pmi.com.
About Philip Morris International Inc.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international tobacco company, with seven of the world's top 15 international brands, including Marlboro, the number one cigarette brand worldwide. PMI's products are sold in more than 180 markets. In 2013, the company held an estimated 15.7% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the U.S., or 28.3% excluding the People's Republic of China and the U.S. For more information, see www.pmi.com.
PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six ot the world’s top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including Marlboro, the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the developement and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (RRPs). RRPs is the term PMI uses to refer to products with the potential to reduce individual risk and population harm in comparison to smoking cigarettes. Through multidisciplinary capabalities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities, and indusrty-leading scientific substantiation, PMI aims to provide an RRP portfolio that meets a broad spectrum of adult smoker preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements.