Adams International Ltd.

Thai Oriental Tobacco




Thai oriental Leaf.

So how did we get

Started ?

In mid 1960s, K.S. Chongsuknirandr set up a company to experiment Oriental leaf production in Thailand. He was looking for ways to improve the livelihood of Thai farmers living in the arid northeastern region of Thailand, better known to locals as “Isan”. His hope was that farmers there could supplement their income by growing the leaf in the dry season when rainfall is scarce.

To continue the trials, K.S. formed Adams International Ltd. (AIL) in 1969 with a venerable U.S. tobacco supplier W.A. Adams as a joint venture. The outfit got their big break in 1974 when Philip Morris decided to purchase 100 tons of the Thai Oriental leaf. The rest, as they say, is history.

AIL became associated first with the Standard Commercial Group when it bought W.A. Adams in 1992. Later in 2005 Standard Commercial Corp. merged with Dimon Inc. to create Alliance One International, which became the current partner of the Chongsuknirandr family in AIL.


the Adams way.


Upon arrival at our factory, each farmer box of tobacco is rechecked for quality and NTRM.


After a customer decides on a blend, tobacco leaf from selected farmer boxes are blended together.

How do we judge quality ?
We measure it.

Quality Control

Our internal laboratory samples our tobacco regularly for quality control.

Thai Oriental
Because we take the
long view.

Environment Friendly Tobacco

Oriental tobacco production in Thailand not only provides rice farmers with a valuable source of income during the dry winter, it is an environment-friendly tobacco for a Thai farmer to produce because:

1. It is sun-cured — relies solely on sunlight for drying — so no timber is required to be cut and used in the curing process like other types of tobacco such as flue-cured Virginia “big leaf” tobacco.

2. Our farmers mostly produce Thai Oriental tobacco in existing paddy rice fields, so deforestation due to Oriental tobacco production is rare.

3. Genetically, tobacco and rice belong to different crop families and Oriental tobacco is produced on the same land after rice is harvested. The resulting crop rotation is beneficial to the improvement of soil fertility and nutrition of the land; soil erosion, pest and disease problems can be reduced as well.


hings We Do

Water Sampling

We test water sample for chemical run-offs from selected tobacco fields.

Soil Health

We encourage farmers to plow in the tobacco stalks after harvesting to increase soil fertility.

CPA - Recycle Program

We collect crop protection agent (CPA) containers from farmers and dispose them properly in a facility authorised to incinerate CPA containers properly without health risk to the environment.

Waste Recycling

We collect from growers used fertilizer bags, used PPE equipment such as gloves, masks and spray suit to reduce the amount of waste that may be improperly disposed in the tobacco fields.