Alliance One Tobacco is a part of Alliance One International, which was established in 2005 with the merger of DIMON Incorporated and Standard Commercial Corporation. Alliance One International is one of the leading, independent leaf tobacco merchants in the world. Alliance One International serves cigarette manufacturers. It purchases tobacco grown in more than 45 countries and serves manufacturers of cigarettes and other consumer tobacco products in over 90 countries. The company selects, purchases, processes, packs, stores, ships and provides agronomy expertise and financing for growing leaf tobacco. Alliance One Tobacco deals in flue-cured, burley and oriental tobacco that are used in international brand cigarettes. Its auction markets include Canada, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The company is comprised of nearly 7,000 full-time employees worldwide.