A unique product from NewCo’s Airco-DIET expansion plant in Hungary

Dry Ice Expanded Tobacco is the most effective tool for tar and nicotine reduction. DIET reduces the bulk density of the cigarette blend which significantly reduces the cost of manufacturing RYO, MYO, SLIM, regular cigarettes, pipe tobaccos, cigarillos and/or cigars. Filling power is more than doubled.

In 2013 NewCo founded Leafnewco Kft. together with their Hungarian business partner CTC. Leafnewco invested in a brand new Airco-Diet expansion line which was inaugurated in January 2014.The concept is in line with the business philosophy of NewCo World Wide of servicing non-multinational tobacco companies in the tobacco trade.

NewCo offers expanded tobaccos (DIET) or the use of processing capacity to smaller- and medium-sized tobacco-products manufacturers unable to justify the cost of installing their own expansion plants.

The new facility has been installed by Airco DIET in Continental’s premises at Sátoraljaújhely, a small town near the Hungarian border with Slovakia, and NewCo will commercialize most of the capacity through their recently-formed Dutch company NewCo Leaf Europe B.V.
Manufacturers will no doubt welcome this attempt at partly levelling the tobacco-manufacturing playing field, but the new plant is also about creating jobs and protecting existing jobs.
NewCo wants to offer all their clients the opportunity of bringing their own tobaccos to Sátoraljaújhely and expanding them to achieve the characteristics they desire. At the same time, NewCo is willing to work with their clients to develop a blend, and it will be developing some standard grades to offer to manufacturers worldwide.

From November 01st, 2017 onward NewCo Global remains with its 30% machine capacity servicing the requirement of their respective clients. The company changed its name to CNS Leaf Kft.

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See press articles about NewCo’s Airco-DIET plant published in

Tobacco Journal International 1/2014

TobaccoReporter 3/2014


Flanked by storage tanks and standing 12 metres high, the plant expands tobacco by injecting it with pressurized liquid CO2. When the pressure is reduced, the liquid in the cut filler turns to dry ice. The frozen tobacco is then heated, causing it to expand.
The unit has been set up by Airco DIET, the Danish-based company generally acknowledged as the world leader in dry-ice expansion of tobacco, and has a capacity of 300 kg an hour.(A subsidiary of the CO2 plant specialist Union Engineering, Airco built the first DIET plants in 1987 in a joint venture with cigarette maker Philip Morris. Although the basic process is unchanged, today’s DIET plants bear little resemblance to their forerunners).
Pressurized liquid CO2 is fed into a metal vat called an impregnator that has been loaded with batches of about 85 kilos each of tobacco via a conveyor belt. A door on the bottom of the impregnator allows the frozen tobacco to fall through a transfer chute to a de-clumper which returns it to a fluid state before hot gasses are used to heat the frozen tobacco cells. A higher temperature produces more volume and less aroma. Lowering the temperature reduces volume, but preserves taste. Volume can be more than doubled. The CO2 is retrieved and reused and the heating gases recycled.