The Process

A Fascinating story behind the humble beedi
Beedi costs just 40 paise per piece, but the process of making a beedi is fascinating. It is a 100 percent natural product with even the paper used for ringing and the bag used for packing being made of recycled material.

Procurement of Tendu Leaves
The first step is the procurement of the leaf. The leaf used for making beedis are from tendu trees. The tendu leaves cannot be cultivated and are only available in the forests of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.

Since the jungles are owned by the Government, they are being auctioned every year. The suppliers who win the tender employ local tribals to pluck the leaves in the Jungle. During this process, they are exposed to extreme dangers from wild animals like lions, tigers and elephants and even snakes. But their dedication and skill is unmatchable.

Curing of leaves
The leaves are plucked and made into small bundles and transported to the supplier’s godown for curing. The leaves are then dried under sun. Proper care has to be taken such that every leaf is dried on both the sides uniformly. The local weather with dry heat and absence of wind supports this treatment. When the leaves become brown in colour, they are packed in gunny bags.

Grading
The quality control people from Bavuta Beedi will now visit the supplier’s godown to examine the cured leaves to grade and choose the exact size required. Since Bavuta beedis are long, the leaves have to be the widest. So, only the widest leaves are chosen and bought and sent to the production units.

Procurement of tobacco
The tendu leaves are rolled and filled with tobacco. Bavuta beedi has a unique aroma and strong flavor which is due to the high quality tobacco used in the mixture. Unlike tendu, tobacco is a cultivated crop and hence are graded in the fields by the quality control experts. The best of the best quality tobacco is chosen for Bavuta beedis.

Producing the right tobacco mixture
The graded tobacco leaves are brought to the production unit and ground into smaller granules and made into the perfect mixture to achieve the consistency in the flavor and aroma. Then the blended mixture is packed in gunny bags and sent to the production centres.

Rolling of beedis
Now that the tendu leaves and the tobacco mixture are in the production centres, it’s time to roll them into beedis. The production in charge distributes the work of rolling beedis. Work is distributed in lots. A lot consists of thousand beedis.

The tendu leaves and the tobacco mixture are weighed to make 1000 beedis. First, a rectangular stencil is kept over the tendu leaves to cut them into uniform rectangles, the rest of it is thrown away. They are now rolled by the workers. Since the leaves are dry and brittle, they are dipped in water before rolling. The rolls are filled with the tobacco mixture, threaded at the end and the top is closed. The rolled beedis are put on a tray and carried to the factory. Again, a quality check is done to ensure uniform rolling and filling.

Labelling and packing
Then the beedis are sent for individual labelling. A small ring over the rolled beedis. This process is mandatory because the beedis are usually sold in loose.

Then the beedis are exposed to heat to reduce the moisture content and to induce crispness.

These beedis are then packed into bundles and sent to the dealers for sales.

About Us

About Bavuta Beedi

The Bavuta Beedi company has a rich heritage of 110 years in business. The Beedi industry is filled with many spurious and counterfeit products. We at Bavuta Beedi had to strategically choose our business model to overcome that.

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History

Bavuta Beedi was founded in the year 1905 by Sheik Ismail Sahib

It was a time when industrialization was unheard of. Sheik Ismail Sahib is a committed entrepreneur who strongly believed in philanthropy and social responsibility and helped the poor and the needy.

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The Process

A Fascinating story behind the humble beedi

Beedi costs just 40 paise per piece, but the process of making a beedi is fascinating. It is a 100 percent natural product with even the paper used for ringing and the bag used for packing being made of recycled material.

Read More