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The American Peanut Council (APC) was formed in 1997 through a merger of the National Peanut Council and the National Peanut Council of America. APC is the only U.S. organization which represents all segments of the peanut industry:

Peanut Growers - Represented through state grower associations, the American Farm Bureau, state-sponsored promotional agencies and the regional associations which administer the peanut price support program.

Peanut Shellers - Represented through the American Peanut Shellers Association, the Southwestern Peanut Shellers Association, the Virginia-Carolina Peanut Association and independent shelling companies.

Peanut Product Manufacturers - Companies which produce peanut butter, peanut candy, snack peanuts and other products using peanut ingredients.

Allied, Brokers and International - Companies which supply goods and services to the peanut industry including suppliers of equipment, packaging, and agricultural chemicals; suppliers of services including trading, brokerage, financial, and consulting; and members from all segments of the international peanut industry.

Becoming a member of the American Peanut Council is the best thing you can do for your company if you are involved in growing, producing, or providing services for the peanut industry. Membership provides access to industry information, subject matter experts, fellow members, and so much more!

 Call Carolina Olivieri at 1-703-838-9500 to join APC 

Read about member benefits and join us in shaping the future of the peanut industry:-

Access to specialized information and subject matter experts. These include crisis communications and media relations, as well as weekly APC news briefs and monthly newsletters providing the latest industry news in an easy-to-read format.

Education/Training. Advance your career through APC educational conferences and webinars. Learn from industry leaders, specifically with regard to Food Safety. APC members receive discounts for attending these industry conferences and enjoy networking opportunities with industry colleagues.

APC Job Bank. Find your next opportunity through the APC Job Bank.

Insurance. J. Smith Lanier & Co. is APC's preferred Workers's Compensation insurance provider for members. Click here for for more information.

Networking Events.  Meet your industry colleagues at APC networking events and connect with them via the online member database.

Standards Development. APC members are shaping the future of the peanut industry by leading special committees addressing key industry issues, such as Food Safety; Totebag Task force; electronic Data Exchange; etc.

Industry Promotions. APC Export develops industry promotional programs around the world to increase exports of U.S. grown peanuts and peanut products.

The Peanut Foundation. Conducts specialized research for the industry to help develop a safer better quality product; reduce costs for processing and production; and educate the industry on the benefits of research.

Peanut Butter for the Hungry. A humanitarian initiative by the peanut industry to help severly malnourished children around the world. www.peanutbutterforthehungry.org 

To join the American Peanut Council, call Carolina Olivieri at 1.703.828.9500. Or, Download our Membership brochure for more information.

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.