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[ Georgia’s Global Impact ]

            Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts
             engages in the entire cycle of
                      peanut production

          Fountain also sits on the
        board of Premium Peanut,
        SGP’s technologically
        advanced peanut shelling
        facility. “Premium Peanut is
        the only certified Georgia
        Grown sheller in existence,”
        Fountain says. “Our company
        was built around the idea of                                                                         Photo Courtesy Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts
        providing Georgia peanut
        farmers a place to sell their
        products that is grower-owned.
        All revenues from the
        company are reinvested in
        Georgia.”                         product, which includes both       President R.G. Lamar. “Georgia
          Georgia farmers typically       wholesale in-shell and shelled     grows a third of total U.S.
        grow runner peanuts, Fountain     pecans, internationally.           pecan product every year and a
        explains. These are uniform in       The company, which grew         lot of people prefer their
        kernel size, which, says          from humble beginnings as          buttery, sweet flavor, a result
        Fountain, makes them the          John Lamar, his wife Carol, and    of our unique climate and
        optimum peanut for obtaining      their son Bob hand harvested       plentiful rainfall.”
        an even roast. He says            pecans during the late 1970s,        He adds that while in the
        shareholders who grow the         today averages over 2.5 million    past the Chinese mainly
        company’s peanuts appreciate      pounds per year on about           purchased in-shell pecans for
        the stable buying of Premium      2,300 acres.                       roasting, the younger
        Peanut; in turn, the company         Their Hawkinsville farm is      generation has shown a
        can assure a consistently high    part of a Georgia farming          preference for the pre-shelled
        quality product to consumers.     business that produces more        meats or kernels.
                                          pecans than any other state, at      “China has increased their
        Asian Market Growth               about 100 million pounds           imports 600 percent this past
        Pecan grower and Georgia          annually – a high percentage       year,” explains R.G., who also
        Grown member Lamar Pecan          of the world’s supply. And,        serves on the board of the
        Company also ventures beyond      similar to French wine and         Georgia Pecan Growers
        national borders, with China as   California almonds, there is a     Association. “In Asia they use
        its largest customer. Lamar       caché associated with those        it as a snack more than
        exports 50 percent of its         Georgia-grown pecans, says         anything.”

                                              [ Contact Information ]
            Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts             Lamar Pecans               Southeastern Gin and Peanut
                   Grant Belden                      R.G. Lamar                      Kent Fountain
                  (770) 752­8160                    (478) 783­3182                   (912) 366­0808

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