For Companies: Assurance
GAP Connections gives purchasing companies a transparent set of accepted producer standards and an assurance of quality. Documentation, education, and provided resources promote industry-wide collaboration in the production of the highest quality, agricultural product and enable purchasing companies to be confident that they are working with the best using good agricultural practices. This united effort maximizes the rate of producer compliance and eases your individual burden by providing reassurance to consumers, stakeholders, and regulators of the consistent quality of your suppliers.
Company (Regular) Member Qualifications
Any organization that contracts with growers to purchase agricultural products used to produce consumable products shall be eligible for membership as a “Regular Member” of GAP Connections. Each Regular Member will designate a representative to the Board of Directors. Representatives must be selected from among the principal officers, owners, or employees of the Regular Members whom they represent.
Non-Contract Member Qualifications
Any organization that procures agricultural products by means other than directly contracting with growers in order to further process the agricultural product and/or manufacture consumable products that contain the agricultural product as a significant ingredient and is aligned with the Corporation's policies and purpose shall be eligible for membership as a "Non-contracting Member" of the Corporation. Each Non-contracting Member will designate in writing to the President of the Corporation the name of that Non-contracting Member's representative to the Corporation and the name of that Non-contracting Member's alternate representatives, if any. One elected representative from the Non-contracting Membership will serve on the GAP Connections' Board.
Current Company Members
Alliance One International . Altria . American Snuff . Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association . Burley Stabilization Corporation (BSC) . China Tobacco International (North America) Inc. (CTI) . Gallatin Redrying and Storage Co. . Hail and Cotton International Group . John Middleton . Japan Tobacco International (JTI) . Philip Morris USA . Philip Morris International (PMI) . R.J. Reynolds (RJR) . Sante Fe . Swisher International . United Tobacco Company . Universal Leaf . U.S. Smokeless Tobacco . U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc.
For more information about becoming a company member, contact:
Office: (865) 622-4606