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News In a Nutshell | June 29, 2021

New Resource for Managing Peanut Ingredients in Food Processing Facilities

Controlling food allergens in processing environments can be a challenging but not impossible task. Brands and manufacturers from small to large often have questions or concerns about managing allergens, specifically peanut, in their facilities.

 

The National Peanut Board has partnered with the renowned Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) to create “Controlling Peanut Ingredients in Food Processing Facilities,” a free, downloadable roadmap for processors to develop and implement allergen control plans, with a specific focus on controlling peanut ingredients.

 

While this guide is not designed to replace detailed operations protocols or the protocols required for food safety standards or certifications or specialized marketplace certifications, it does provide information on key aspects of allergen management including:

  • Hazard Analysis
  • Supply Chain Controls
  • Ingredient Receiving, Storage and Handling
  • Preventing Cross-Contact during Processing
  • Labeling and Packaging Controls
  • Allergen Change-Overs
  • Precautionary Allergen Labeling

Controlling Peanut Ingredients in Food Processing Facilities” also features real-world case studies from small, medium and large brands who are thriving and successfully managing peanut, including Mission Mighty Me peanut puffs, Crazy Richard’s frozen snack bites and Hershey’s chocolate.

 

“The good news is that if processors are currently working with any of the other major allergens—milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, soy, wheat and now sesame,” said Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, and NPB consultant, “then the stage should already be set to properly manage peanut ingredients.

 

“There are many reasons to manage food allergens appropriately to include peanut ingredients in processed foods,” said Collins. “Peanuts have the most protein of any nut—7 grams per one-ounce serving. Granulated, chopped, peanut flour, peanut butter, peanut paste, refined and unrefined peanut oil—the options for peanut ingredients are nearly limitless. Peanuts are also popular and Americans consume an average of 7.6 pounds each year (Source 1). Many of the top-selling candy brands include peanut ingredients and they are the preferred nut of the sought-after millennial market (Source 2, Source 3). Peanuts also fit the bill for sustainability, requiring less than five gallons of water to produce one ounce (Source 4).”

 

Download the free resource “Controlling Peanut Ingredients in Food Processing Facilities.”

     

National Peanut Board to Set FY-22 Plan at 

July Board Meeting

The National Peanut Board will set strategic direction for the FY-22 program of work and budget at its quarterly board meeting July 14-15, 2021. The meeting will be available for online or for in-person attendance. In-person meetings will take place at the Majestic Beach & Golf Resort – 10901 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. For online attendance use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85255346038.

 

The Board begins the planning process each year by assessing consumer attitudes and market conditions and setting the program of work to align with strategic objectives to advance its mission of improving the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.

 

The National Peanut Board’s FY-22 begins Nov. 1, 2021 and ends Oct. 31, 2022.

 

To see the schedule and find out more information, click here.

     

Tell Us What You Want to Hear!

The National Peanut Board will be launching a brand-new podcast later this fall called “The Peanut Podcast.” The monthly podcast episodes will feature topics including farming, agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, peanut allergies and more.

 

Please fill out the brief survey below so you can tell us what you want to hear. Thank you!

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As a leader of his family’s business, the Hubbard Peanut Company (also known as Hubs), Marshall Rabil recently introduced a new product that not only supports a small farmer but delivers a unique product to the consumer. Hubs Single Origin Redskin Peanuts were sold exclusively on the Hubs website and quickly sold out.

 

As a third-generation food business entrepreneur, Marshall, who serves as the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing thrives on trying new things to keep his business and products relevant for the future. Ryan Lepicier, the National Peanut Board’s Chief Marketing Officer, talks with Marshall about entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

To see what Marshall said, click here.

     

How to Grow Delicious Peanuts at Home

As part of this year’s consumer campaign, Grow It Yourself, NPB is encouraging millennials and Gen Z to get their hands dirty and try growing their own peanuts.

 

You don’t have to be a farmer to grow peanuts at home, in fact, you don’t even need a big garden! Peanuts can easily be grown in a container on a deck, patio, windowsill or countertop. All you need is a raw peanut, an 18–20-inch container with well-drained soil, 8 hours of direct sunlight, and a little patience while your peanuts grow. A single peanut plant can reward you with 30-40 delicious nuts.

 

Let’s get started! Click here to watch the video and share with #GrowPeanuts #GrowitYourself #GIY so we can see your progress.

     

How to Compost Peanut Shells

With summer in full swing, you might be thinking about showing off your green thumb by starting a garden. One valuable addition to any home garden is compost, which is a mixture of “browns” (branches, twigs, leaves, etc.), “greens” (grass clippings, vegetable and fruit trimmings, etc.), and water. Adding compost to your garden adds moisture to your soil, promotes the growth of helpful bacteria and fungi in your soil, helps fight plant diseases and pests, and promotes overall sustainability. The ever-versatile peanut can be a valuable addition to your compost as a “brown” ingredient. The carbon that peanuts contain acts as a valuable energy source for the microorganisms that help break down your compost. If you’ve ever wondered about how to compost peanut shells, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Read how to compost peanut shells here.

     

Recipe: Peanut Butter Bomb Cookies

Recipe Created by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD


Peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies make most people's top 20 list of comfort foods. Since June 12 was National Peanut Butter Cookie Day the folks at NPB thought we should share one of our favorite recipes for them. Dr. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, joined those two favorite cookies together in this scrumptious and satisfying recipe for Peanut Butter Bomb Cookies.

 

Get the recipe here.

     

National Peanut Board Calendar for  

June 28 -July 31, 2021

USA Peanut Congress (New Orleans, LA) 

June 28-July 1

School Nutrition Association Conference, ANC (Virtual) 

July 12-15

American Peanut Research & Education Society (Virtual)

July 12-16

National Peanut Board Meeting (Panama City Beach, FL)

July 14-15

 Southern Peanut Growers Conference (Panama City Beach, FL) July 15-17
     

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