Golden Peanut acquires Harrell Nut

by Eric Schroeder
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CHICAGO — Golden Peanut Company L.L.C., a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Co., has acquired the processing facilities and certain assets of the Harrell Nut Co., a processor and sheller of pecans. With the acquisition, Golden Peanut said it is changing its name to Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts.

“By expanding our product portfolio, we are improving our ability to serve our customers while taking another step in our efforts to reduce earnings volatility,” said Kris Lutt, president of Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts. “Our diversification into tree nuts began earlier this year, when we acquired 50% ownership of South African Pecans. We’re taking another step today. The acquisition of Harrell Nut Co. moves us into the U.S. pecan market, a market that we expect will see increasing consumer interest in the coming years.”

Harrell Nut Co. is a domestic pecan processor, with facilities in Camilla, Ga.; El Paso, Texas; and Monticello, Fla. It serves both domestic and international markets.

“In recent years, we’ve seen the demand for healthier, more convenient foods drive up nut consumption,” Mr. Lutt added. “U.S. pecan demand has grown almost 40% over the last decade. Now, we are moving to take advantage of continuing growth. The Harrell family has built a great business, and we look forward to working with them and their team to make it even stronger as part of Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts.”

In addition to the name change, Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts is introducing a new logo that the company said reflects its expanded product offerings.

“Our new name and logo reflect our commitment to growing and diversifying our business,” Mr. Lutt said. “Peanuts will remain a core part of our business. We are building on that core, enhancing the range of products and solutions we can provide to our customers.”
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