The Consumer Products group includes four subsidiaries: Premier Manufacturing, Inc. (Chesterfield, MO), King Maker Marketing, Inc. (Raleigh, NC), Big South Distribution, LLC (Bristol, VA), and Franchise Wholesale Co., LLC (Omaha, NE). Big South Distribution and Franchise Wholesale also have operations in Suwanee, GA and Las Vegas, NV, respectively.

The Consumer Products group, more specifically Premier Manufacturing, has an experienced and knowledgeable sales organization that covers the entire U.S. The team educates and trains distributors and retailers on how each brand and product fits well into existing tobacco programs in various retail environments. It has an excellent customer service department dedicated to its clients and has a senior leadership team whose vast network of contacts has allowed the Consumer Products group to increase its sales by double digits consecutively for the last 5 years.

USTC produces and markets cigarettes, filtered cigars, pipe tobacco, tubes and roll-your-own tobacco for the adult consumer in the U.S. under the brand names of Manitou, 1839, 1st Class, Shield, Traffic, Ultra Buy and Wildhorse. These brands are focused on the value-oriented customer who wants a quality product with exceptional flavor at an extremely competitive price.

The Cooperative members provide us the highest quality flue-cured tobacco available, which is a primary component to any quality cigarette. We use a higher percentage of U.S. grown flue-cured tobacco in all of our products than any of our competitors regardless of brand classification – super-premium, premium, private label/sub-generic or fourth tier.

In 2019, USTC launched its first super-premium cigarette – Manitou. It contains only water and 100% flue-cured tobacco from the upper portion of the stalk. Manitou cigarettes contain no reconstituted sheet tobacco, stems or fillers. Manitou cigarettes are 100% free from chemical additives like artificial preservatives, humectants or synthetic flavors commonly found in other brands.

Our other premium product sold is Belmore cigars, for which Premier Manufacturing is the exclusive U.S. distributor. These cigars are hand-rolled in the Dominican Republic and come in two varieties – Connecticut and Maduro – each with seven styles such as Churchill, Corona, Robusto and Matador.

Key Points

  • All of our cigarette brands are American owned, American grown and American manufactured – We proudly state “A Product of US Farmers®
  • We provide a wide assortment of brands, styles and price points to fit into a retailer’s lineup of tobacco products

The Consumer Products group has won several awards recently for its packaging designs from key industry publications such as Convenience Store News and Convenience Store Decisions. In 2017, we won the Best New Product Award – Tobacco/Cigarettes from Convenience Store News for the updated look for Gold Crest cigarettes. A similar award came from Convenience Store Decisions in 2019 for the product launch of Manitou and its bold packaging designs.

Our cigarettes, filtered cigars, and pipe and roll-your-own products are produced at USTC’s manufacturing company, U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers in Timberlake, NC. All of our cigarette brands rely on our growers’ flue-cured tobacco as the main ingredient in the product lines.

USTC has invested heavily in consumer product manufacturing to ensure consistent top-quality products and outstanding service. Major investments have been made in the cigarette and cut rag manufacturing areas to upgrade cigarette-making and packing lines and filter-making lines. The cigarette-making and packing lines are all standardized and have laser perforation capability. In addition, quality testing stations in the cigarette manufacturing area facilitate real-time monitoring of the cigarette manufacturing process and ensure that finished products consistently meet product specifications.

Every brand within our Consumer Products group can deliver a quality product at a competitive price. We back that commitment with our 100% product satisfaction guarantee.