Peanut product manufacturer American Peanut Growers Group (APGG) is launching an $85 million project to expand its existing shelling plant and open a new peanut processing plant at its 45-acre campus in Donalsonville, GA, according to a release issued this week by Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp.
The new 135,000-sq-ft processing plant will produce peanut paste, granules, peanut butter, and roasted peanuts. APGG also intends to install new shelling equipment at the location.
“We’re 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,” Jeremy Mayes, general manager for APGG, said in a statement. “We are thankful for our farmer-owners demonstrating their willingness to invest in the project and community.”
About 90 new jobs will be created through the investment.
APGG supplies 200,000 tn/yr of peanuts to major confectionary firms, peanut butter producers, and snack nut roasters.