DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A southwest Georgia peanut processing company will start making peanut butter and other products, investing $85 million and hiring 90 people.
American Peanut Growers Group announced the expansion in Donalsonville on Tuesday. The farmer-owned processor currently only shells peanuts. It will now build a factory to make peanut paste, granules, peanut butter and roasted peanuts.
Headquartered in Seminole County and grower-owned, American Peanut Growers Group produces approximately 200,000 tons of peanuts per year, according to a press release from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
“We are extremely excited about this project and the opportunities it will provide for economic growth in Southwest Georgia. Per capita, peanut consumption has risen to an all-time high for the second year in a row, which presents an ideal situation allowing us to further drive value through the industry’s supply chain,” said Jeremy Mayes, General Manager for American Peanut Growers Ingredients.
The company will begin hiring in June 2022 for careers in production, management, and maintenance. Individuals interested in opportunities with APGG are encouraged to click here for additional information.
American Peanut Processors will also expand peanut-shelling operations to meet the rising demand for peanuts. Georgia produces more than half the nation’s peanuts, with last year’s crop totaling 1.66 million tons. American Peanut Growers processes about 200,000 tons a year.