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 Ad Hoc Committees

Special ad hoc committees have been established to deal with short-term issues and projects.

Tote Bag Task Force

The Tote Bag Task Force successfully established uniform specifications and procedures for tote bags, enabling the industry to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Issues Management Committee

The Issues Management Committee identifies issues of current and potential concern, develops stand-by-position statements and ensures that the council is prepared to speak on behalf of the industry.  These issues include, but are not limited to, Allergy, Aflatoxin, Food Safety and Security, Biotechnology, Obesity, Pesticides, Microbiological Contamination, Salt and Trans-Fat.  The APC has a crisis management communications plan in place for emergency situations.

Good Management Practices

The 2009-10 revision of the U.S. peanut industry’s Good Management Practices (GMP’s) demonstrates the industry’s commitment to providing safe, wholesome and nutritious peanuts and peanut products to the worldwide consumer. This document is designed to provide guidance to all segments of the peanut industry - from farm to factory. In the increasingly competitive global environment, the U.S. peanut industry is dedicated to providing the highest possible quality products to domestic and international consumers. The GMP's were updated on a section by section basis by dedicated and and experienced members of the peanut industry.

Electronic Trade Document Exchange (eTDE)

The electronic Trade Document Exchange (eTDE) Taskforce has been working for over 3 years to convert all the key quality and safety documents of the peanut industry into electronic copies with an associated data layer.  The documents will be used throughout the industry for both domestic and export customer, regulatory agencies and peanut shellers. This will enable official copies of the documents to be viewed on a secure USDA server.  The system is now available to industry.  The eTDE system will also be integrated with other electronic systems in importing countries in future years.  

Domestic Marketing

A new U.S. peanut industry DVD, Innovation Through Quality" previewed in August 2006. The video follows the peanut from the farm to the factory and focuses on technological and quality issues. Educational materials and recipe brochures are distributed nationwide. 

Industry Meetings

USA Peanut Congress

Hosted by the American Peanut Council, and the American Peanut Shellers Association, this annual convention has become the largest annual industry meeting with participation by all segments of the industry. The Congress provides an opportunity for various industry associations to hold meetings at the same time and place, minimizing time and travel expense.

Winter Conference

This meeting is hosted by APC and includes board and committee meetings, as well as a meeting of The Peanut Foundation. Any other industry associations that wish to hold meetings during the conference are always invited to do so. The meeting also includes a general session which invites speakers to discuss current issues and concerns of the peanut industry. 

The Peanut Foundation

The Peanut Foundation, which provides funding to accomplish the industry's research objectives, funds projects targeted at reducing the costs of production, enhancing the development of viable commercial seed varieties and assuring food safety.  Much of the focus of the Foundation is managing the Peanut Genomic Initiative on behalf of the industry

Member Spotlight

  • The Virginia Diner

    An interview with Christine Epperson, President of the Virginia Diner

    APC: This year the Virginia Diner will be celebrating its 85th Anniversary

    The Virginia DinerCE: The Virginia Diner is an important part of Virginia history and there are several special events being planned to mark the anniversary.  There will be two open houses, one from April 25-27 and the major one will be from September 25-28.  We will feature our peanut products and the food for which we have become famous – chicken, ham, biscuits and peanut pie. Special guests and elected officials will be in attendance. Make plans to attend the 85th Anniversary! 

    APC: The Virginia Diner started out as a small diner in a railcar in 1929, when did peanuts become a major part of the business?

    CE: The Diner has been cooking and selling peanuts since the late 1940s.  The peanut part of the business grew out of the Diner, as travelers requested peanuts be shipped to them.  My parents bought the business in 1976. At that time, the mail order part of the business was mostly fourth quarter seasonal with everything still being done in the Diner kitchen utilizing many of the restaurant employees.  It was in the mid-1980s before we had full time staff hired for the peanut side of the business. Today, we provide sample bags of peanuts for diners in the restaurant. The Diner is a whole entity, you can’t have one without the other.

    APC: Is the mail order peanut business larger than the restaurant business, and when did this occur?

    CE: The peanut side is about 80% of our sales now.  Peanuts became a larger business in the mid-1980s. We printed our first "catalog" in 1984. Prior to that, we mailed letters with order forms and yellow envelope –sized cards with our products on them.

    APC: What kinds of peanuts do you use and what are some of your top selling products?

    Virginia Diner Peanut PieCE: We use only Super Extra Large peanuts and we have a production facility for most of our products. The salted peanuts are our best sellers, followed by the double dipped chocolate peanuts and butter toasted peanuts.

    APC: Are Virginia Diner peanuts sold nationwide?

    CE: Yes, but pockets of the business are in large metropolitan areas. We sell to resellers (particularly on the west coast due to shipping costs), internet sales, corporate gifts, home buyers and fundraising groups.

    APC: The American Heart Association has awarded your peanuts the "Heart-Check Food Certification". How has this impacted sales? 

    CE: This is very new and exciting and we are the only peanut company thus far to receive this.  There has been a lot of interest at wholesale shows, but it is too soon to tell.

    APC: Who developed your tag line, "A Legend in a Nutshell since 1929", which your firm has lived up to?

    CE: My father, now deceased, was a visionary.  He came up with the tag line, as well as first naming our product gourmet. He received a phone call from Moscow back in 1977. The ambassador wanted our Virginia Super Extra Large Salted Peanuts shipped to him for a banquet.  My father said that if our peanuts were being served alongside caviar and champagne, then by God we were gourmet! He was also the first among the peanut companies to lead the way to the world wide web.  We were on CompuServe in 1993, DOS, and then Windows 3.1.

    APC: How has APC membership helped your business?

    CE: Membership has given us a wonderful source of information. Helped us reverse the decision to keep peanuts out of the Boy Scout Jamboree in DC (where we sold).  It provides a resource for vendors and to our customers.  Membership also provides us with educational materials, and funding for the Ag schools which assist us with various projects.  And it has helped us prepare a response regarding peanut allergies in the schools when we had a school division threatening to not use our fundraiser.

    APC: Anything else you would like to add?

    GC: We are the oldest continually run roadside Diner in Virginia.

    For more information, visit: www.vadiner.com

    Virginia Diner, Inc.
    322 W. Main Street
    Wakefield, VA 23888

     

     

  • Mississippi Growers AssociationAn interview with Dr. Malcolm Broome, Executive Director, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.