What industry leaders are saying
The Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative has already gained support from across the peanut supply chain. Here’s what industry leaders are saying.
"As peanut farmers, we are always concerned with producing a sustainable, nutritious and affordable crop. It is becoming ever more important to our peanut manufacturers and ultimately to consumers that we share with them how we achieve these goals. I believe the Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative is an efficient tool for us to use to demonstrate this. It allows us to share our data easily while maintaining data privacy, and gives growers feedback on how they can bring efficiencies to their own operations."Donald Chase Georgia Peanut Grower
“The buzz word seems to be sustainability. All it takes is one manufacturer or retailer to want to know we are doing things right before they buy U.S. peanuts to affect the market and demand for our peanuts. I think getting our sustainable story out is going to be more and more important in the future. Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative is the best tool we have to get that story told now. And with the available funding and help from the industry, this is the perfect time to move forward.”Otis Lee JohnsonTexas Peanut Grower
“It has been my observation that when a train is coming it is better to be the ones laying the track. Otherwise, the train might run you over. We need to control our own destiny in the effort to defend our sustainability.”Don KoehlerGeorgia Peanut Commission
"Consumers’ purchasing decisions are increasingly dependent upon the trust they have in brands. In addition to quality and safety expectations, this confidence is influenced by the ability to ensure ingredients are sourced responsibly, with key considerations given to environmental and social impacts. The Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative supports this necessary transparency, leveraging reliable aggregated data, while empowering those in the industry to strive for continuous improvement. As the largest purchaser of peanuts in the United States, we support development of the Sustainable U.S. Peanuts Initiative and are proud of the industry’s continued progress.”- Brian ReedJM Smuckers