Universal Corporation is a global leaf tobacco supplier. The Company is engaged in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing and shipping flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco for manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The Company's operating segment includes North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Dark Air-Cured, Oriental and Special Services. North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia are involved in flue-cured and/or burley leaf tobacco operations for supply to cigarette manufacturers. The Dark Air-Cured group supplies dark air-cured tobacco to manufacturers of cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. The Oriental business supplies oriental tobacco to cigarette manufacturers. Special Services includes the Company's laboratory services business, which provides physical and chemical product testing and smoke testing for customers, as well as its liquid nicotine joint venture and its food and vegetable ingredients business.