Universal Corporation operates as a leaf tobacco merchant and processor worldwide. It engages in procuring, financing, processing, packing, storing, and shipping leaf tobacco for sale to, or for the account of, manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The company contracts, purchases, processes, and sells flue-cured and burley tobaccos, as well as dark air-cured and oriental tobaccos that are used in the manufacture of cigarettes; and dark air-cured tobaccos for the manufacture of cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. It also provides various value-added services, such as blending, chemical and physical testing of tobacco, service cutting for various manufacturers, manufacturing reconstituted leaf tobacco, just-in-time inventory management, e-cigarette and e-liquid testing, and smoke testing for customers. In addition, the company supplies traceable liquid nicotine to the vapor products industry; and produces dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.