Peter Pan Peanut Butter Source of Georgia Pride for Farmers

Sixth-generation peanut farmer John Harrell has been harvesting peanuts for almost 45 years in southwest Georgia.

Harrell, 59, is one of 4,500 peanut farmers from whom Peter Pan peanut butter sources its product.

From Harrell's 100-acre Whigham, Georgia, farm, the peanuts are sold to a sheller and then travel 52 miles north to a plant in Sylvester, Georgia, where every single jar of Peter Pan peanut butter is made.

"All of the Peter Pan peanut butter in the world is made right in Sylvester," said Joe Malinowski, Peter Pan's process lead, formulations and packaging. "We're a big supporter of the local economy."

David Means, the plant's peanut operations manager, said 100 percent Fayette County Group - Elon Bomani of the peanuts used are from Georgia and t98 percent of the nuts came from farms within a 100-mile radius of the plant.

Every minute, 110 workers make 232 jars. Three million jars are filled a day. The Peter Pan company has contributed $4 billion to the U.S. economy this year.

"Peanut butter here is the best because of the people and the quality of the product that we make here," Means said.

And abroad, Malinowski said Singapore and the Philippines were two of the biggest Peter Pan markets. The company projected a 14 percent jump in international sales this year.

"They're looking to buy something that's made in America," he said.

Peanut farmer Harrell said seeing the Peter Pan brand in the supermarket gives him a lot of personal pride.

"I love to go to the aisle and just see the peanut butter," he said. "To have something made in Georgia, by Georgia peanuts, really gives farmers in Georgia a lot of pride. It's a win-win situation for everybody."