We estimate that we handle between 35% and 45% of the annual production of flue-cured and burley tobaccos in Africa. Our tobacco leaf operations procure burley, flue-cured, dark-fired and dark air-cured tobaccos from five African countries; Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Regional Directors

Gary Taylor

Universal has been instrumental in the development and expansion of tobacco production in Africa. Gary Taylor has 28 years of industry experience and heads our African region, which includes Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Regional Operations
Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited (Malawi)
Moçambique Leaf Tobacco Limitada (Mozambique)
Universal Leaf Africa (Proprietary) Limited (South Africa)
Universal Leaf South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (South Africa)
Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company Limited (Tanzania)
Tanzania Tobacco Processors Limited (Tanzania)
Zimbabwe Leaf Tobacco Company (Private) Limited (Zimbabwe)