Tailor-made tobacco sorting solutions for your tobacco

By implementing high-tech equipment at the different stages of the tobacco processing & supply-chain, TOMRA continues its strive for an NTRM* free tobacco product. Hence reducing risk for its consumer, clean raw tobacco materials will also ensure more efficient manufacturing of consumer products avoiding production stoppages, at the same time minimizing waste generation and contributing to environmental improvements (e.g. reduced energy consumption and CO2 emission control).

*Non-Tobacco Related Material

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Both processors and consumers expect tobacco that is hundred percent free of any foreign material. But even the best agricultural practices don’t always guarantee a non-tobacco related material (NTRM) free product.

That’s why tobacco sorting is vital!

Tobacco sorting


TOMRA Sorting Tobacco strives for an NTRM-free tobacco product in all tobacco varieties such as Oriental, Virginia and Burley. This by implementing technology and equipment at various tobacco processes and advising processors on their complete processing installations. Even with the best Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMP’s), NTRM’s such as feather, cocoon, grass, candy wrappers or fertilizer bag material cannot be avoided. That’s why the implementation of tobacco sorting technology is vital, it guarantees a clear tobacco end-product.


BEST Sorting, now part of TOMRA, has more than 25 years of experience in the tobacco industry, providing innovative tobacco sorting equipment for the efficient removal of non-tobacco related materials (NTRM).

Through dedicated research and development, TOMRA Sorting Tobacco became the leader in sensor-based sorting solutions in the tobacco industry, developing a vast array of sensor technologies and high-speed image and data-processing systems.

TOMRA Sorting Tobacco offers sorting solutions for a multitude of tobacco applications, from sorting whole leaf, lamina’s, stems, Oriental, all-over to cut-rag and different types of fillers.


TOMRA Sorting Tobacco can inspect the product in free fall, on belt, in flight, or even in an air stream. The combination of all of these technologies gives TOMRA Sorting Tobacco the ability to provide the most tailored, cost-effective, and advanced sorting solutions for the efficient removal of NTRM from threshed leaves all the way to the final product.

TOMRA Sorting Tobacco involves a whole team of product and technology experts, standing by to develop partnership solutions for your specific needs.

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