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AMERICAN BLANCHING COMPANY (APC Member)
155 Rip Wiley Road
P.O. Box 1028
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: (229) 423-4098
Fax: (229) 423-3842
Contact: Joe Montgomery, Vice-President of Sales
Email: jmontgomery@americanblanching.com

ANDALUCIA NUTS (APC member)
3605 Bering Drive
Houston, TX 77057
Tel. (713) 977-9090
Fax (713) 977-9191
Web Site: www.andalucianuts.com
Contact: Zach Zeny, Vice President, Sales
Email:  zzeny@andalucianuts.com

E.J. COX COMPANY  (APC Member)
P.O. Box 550
Clarkton, NC 28433
Phone: (910) 647-4711
Fax: (910) 647-0301
Website: www.SachsPeanuts.com
Contact: Sam Cox, Vice-President
E-mail: scox@ejcox.com

HAIN-CELESTIAL GROUP  (APC Member) 
58 S. Service Rd., Ste. 250
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 730-2200
Contact: Kelsey Hatcher
Email: Kelsey.hatcher@hain-celestial.com

JIMBO'S JUMBOS, INC.  (APC Member)
185 Peanut Drive
P.O. Box 465
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: (252) 482-2193
Fax: (252) 482-7857
Website: www.jimbosjumbos.com
Contact:  Mike Partin, Vice President, Sales Industrial Group
Email: mpartin@jimbosjumbos.com

JOHN B. SANFILIPPO & SON, INC.  (APC Member)
1703 N. Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (847) 289-1800
Fax: (847) 289-1843
Website: www.jbssinc.com
Contacts: 
Bobby Tankersley, Senior Vice President, Industrial Sales
E-mail: btankersley@jbssinc.com

KENLAKE FOODS  (APC Member) 
A Division of Kroger
300 Norht L.P. Miller Street
Murray, KY 42071
Phone:  (270) 762-5100
Fax:  (270) 759-1919
Contact:  Peter Placr, General Manager
Email:  peter.placr@kroger.com

SNYDERS-LANCE INC. (APC Member)
900 8th Street
P.O. Box 60
Columbus, GA 31902-0060
Phone: (706) 323-6340
Fax: (706) 660-8248
Contact: Ben Smith, Manager, Peanut Operations
Email:  bsmith@snyderslance.com

THE LEAVITT CORPORATION  (APC Member) 
100 Santilli Highway
PO Box 490067
Everett, MA 02149 
Phone: (617) 389-2600   
Fax: (617) 387-9085
Email: contact@teddie.com
Contact: Mark Hintlian, President & CEO
Email: Markhintlian@teddie.com
Contact: Frank Ciampa,  Executive Vice-President of Purchasing
Email: frankciampa@teddie.com
  
PARDOE'S PERKY PEANUTS (APC Member)
P.O. Box 90, 143 Center Street
Montandon, PA 17850
Phone: (570) 524-9595
Fax: (570) 523-8941
Contact: Chris Schmouder, Project Manager
Email: cschmouder@pardoesperkypeanuts.com

PEANUT PROCESSORS, INC.  (APC Member)
P.O. Box 160
Albert Street
Dublin, NC 28332-0160
Phone: (910) 862-2136
Fax: (910) 862-8076
Website: www.peanutprocessors.com
Contact: David Cox, Vice President
Email: peanutprocessors@peanutprocessors.com

RALCORP HOLDINGS, INC.  (APC Member)
Flavor House Products, Inc.
2700 Horace Shepard Road
Dothan, AL 36303
Contact: Manager of Commodity Purchasing and Risk Management

SMITHFIELD SPECIALTY FOODS GROUP  (APC Member)
The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg
8012 Hankins Industrial Park Rd
Toano, VA 23168
Toll Free: 800-831-1828 ext 3
Direct:  757-566-1006
Fax:  757-566-1605
Website:  www.smithfieldmarketplace.comwww.thepeanutshop.comwww.smithfieldhams.com
Contact:  Michael McDonald, Director of Sales
Email:  michaelmcdonald@smithfieldco.com

SUNLAND, INC.  (APC Member)
P.O. Box 1059
Portales, NM 88130 
Phone: (575) 356-6638
Fax (575) 356-6630
Website: www.sunlandinc.com
Paul Newsom, Vice-President, Sales
Email:  sunlandinc@sunlandinc.com

OLAM EDIBLE NUTS  (APC Member)
2077 Convention Concourse Center
Gateway Center # 150
College Park, Georgia 30337
Phone:  (404) 209-2600
Fax:  (404) 209-2601
Website:    www.oamnet.com
Contact: Ann King,  Sales Manager
Email:  ann.king@olamnet.com

VIRGINIA DINER, INC.  (APC Member)
322 W. Main Street
Wakefield, VA  23888
Phone:  (757) 899-6213
Fax:  (757) 899-2281
Website:  www.vadiner.com
Contact:  Christine Epperson, President
Email: cepperson@vadiner.com 

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.