From seed to can

The entire production process for the Company’s snus adheres to the Swedish Match quality standard, GOTHIATEK®. GOTHIATEK® is adopted as an industry standard in the manufacturing process of Swedish snus.

Tobacco

Swedish snus is produced using the highest quality air-dried tobacco. Systematic control of the composition of the tobacco is required in order to meet the GOTHIATEK® specifications. Swedish Match has developed special methods for cultivating and drying tobacco.

Ingredients 

The main ingredients in the preparation of snus are ground tobacco, water, salt (ordinary cooking salt), and sodium carbonate. Additional ingredients are aromatic compounds and moisture preserving agents.

Production

There are three main stages in the production of Swedish snus in accordance with the GOTHIATEK® standard: grinding, preparation, and packing.

1. Grinding

The tobacco is broken up, dried and fed into a grinder, where it is ground. The ground tobacco is screened into coarse, intermediate and fine meal.

2. Preparation

In the first stage of preparation, tobacco flour is weighed and transported to closed blenders. Water and salt are added while the mixture is stirred, after which the snus is heated. The temperature of the snus mixture and the stirring process is computer controlled. This part of the process can be compared with pasteurization. Thereafter, the snus is cooled and other ingredients are added. Samples are taken for quality control. If all measurement values are approved, the batch is ready for packing.

3. Packaging

  • Loose snus cans are filled in automatic packaging machines. After filling, the cans are closed with a lid, after which the cans are weighed and labeled.
  • Portion-packed snus requires a more complicated process. The portions are measured and inserted into a cellulose fiber tube. The portions are sealed and cut apart. The finished portion pouches are packed into a plastic can, which is then sealed with a lid, after which the cans are weighed and labeled.
  • Packaging materials Loose snus is for the most part packaged in paraffin coated cardboard cans. When the cans are produced, two different grades of cardboard are used, one for the frame and one for the base of the can. The lid is made from polypropylene plastic. Polypropylene cans are used for portion-packed snus, which is more sensitive to drying out than loose snus. The use of plastic cans for portion-packed snus is primarily motivated by durability considerations.

 

Cold storage

All ready packaged snus is stored in cold storage rooms for a number of days before being released to retailers. Cold storage is important for allowing the snus to mature and acquire its characteristic aroma and flavor.

Source: Swedishmatch.com