The Texas Peanut Producers Board (TPPB) recently hosted its annual West of Texas Tour in Lubbock, TX. A total of 15 food and snack manufacturers representing eight companies and two associations gathered last week to join. This event is free for the attendees, which is made possible by the state’s peanut checkoff. The West of Texas tour gave manufacturers the opportunity to meet and interact with farmers who grow high-quality Texas peanuts to be used in their products.
The group visited multiple farming operations in Brownfield, Texas. They were able to see the four varieties of high-quality Texas peanuts being harvested, as well as organic peanuts. The tour gave manufacturers an opportunity to learn what makes Texas peanuts stand out other than the convenience of location. While the majority of the peanuts in the U.S. are produced in the Southeast, peanuts grown in Texas are the nearest resource for each company that attended the tour. Almost all companies represented have headquarters west of West Texas.
Companies represented at the tour included Lord Nut Levington from Dallas ; Azar from El Paso, TX; Good Spread from Boulder, CO; CB’s Nuts in Kingston, WA; AustiNuts from Manor, TX; Royalty Pecans in Caldwell, TX; and Pecan Grove Farms from Dallas. TPPB and Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Assoc. were also represented on the tour.