The global tobacco industry produced almost six million metric tons of tobacco in 2021. The leading producer of tobacco worldwide is China, which produced over a third of the global amount in 2021. Other major producers were Brazil and India. The leading tobacco company worldwide was the British American Tobacco, generating over 35 billion U.S. dollars in net sales in 2021. With just over 31.5 billion U.S. dollars in sales, Philip Morris International was the second leader among tobacco companies around the world that year.
In 2021, the leading country of unmanufactured tobacco by export value was Brazil. That year, Brazil generated approximately 1.35 billion U.S. dollars in unmanufactured tobacco trade sales. Processed tobacco leaves are the main product exported by the South American country, adding up to more than 1.3 billion dollars that year, or above 80 percent of the sector's export value. In 2021, the production of tobacco in Brazil reached the value of 6.8 billion Brazilian reals. In comparison to the previous year, when the revenue amounted to 6.05 billion, this represented a decrease of nearly 10 percent. Tobacco accounted for one percent of the agricultural production value in Brazil that year.
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