May 27, 2004
Sylvester-- Americans eat about 2 million pounds of it every day, so it's no surprise that about 75 percent of Georgia's peanuts are used to make peanut butter.
And that Peter Pan peanut butter in your cupboard is made right here in Sylvester, Georgia.
Since 1986, Peter Pan peanut butter has rolled off the assembly line here in Sylvester. 2:07:23 - 2:14:00 "We're the major employer in Sylvester. We're pushing upwards of 140 employees," says Production Manager Lavon Ackley.
Conagra employees who are responsible for making ALL the Peter Pan peanut butter. "We're the only Peter Pan plant in the world." And the only place in the world you can find all these varieties. "We've got, of course, the regular Peter Pan creamy, the crunchy, Honey Roast, which is my favorite," Ackley said.
And new favorites on the horizon. "We've got a new product coming out, no sugar added. That'll be coming out pretty soon. We've got whipped, we've got just about anything you can ask for."
Anything you can ask for inside this 85,000 square foot Conagra plant where millions of tons of Georgia peanuts get new life.
By the way, Peanut butter is not a Georgia invention, even though so much of its primary ingredient is produced here. It was introduced to the world at the St. Louis Fair, way back in 1904.
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