Food solutions company Delta Peanut recently broke ground on a new peanut processing plant in Kennett, Missouri. The facility represents more than $50 million in capital investment and is expected to create nearly 50 new jobs in the region.
“We’re excited that Delta Peanut is expanding into Southeast Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “This new facility will not only support Missouri agriculture, our state’s number one industry, but also provide new, good-paying jobs for Missourians in the region.”
Delta Peanut is a farmer-owned company that serves peanut farmers in Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The Kennett facility will be the company’s second processing plant and the first located in Missouri.
“Delta Peanut is extremely excited to expand its operations into Kennett, Missouri. Our investments in Kennett will complement our existing capacities to shell and sell edible peanuts while also expanding our footprint for production and capabilities to service new segments and additional markets,” said Delta Peanut CEO Tommy Jumper. “Several specific opportunities fit us perfectly and supported our efforts to grow in such a challenging time. I’ve been amazed at what can be accomplished when 75 farm families partner with authorities who all want the same thing. I’m certain we’ll add to job creation and prosperity by partnering toward the same objectives.”
“We are thrilled to see peanuts return to Missouri,” said Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Our team was just in southeast Missouri to capture the progress our farmers made this planting season. It’s exciting to see our farmers’ dreams of a peanut shelling facility come true just a year after Missouri was deemed a primary peanut producing state by USDA.”
“We appreciate the confidence that Delta Peanut has shown in the City of Kennett and that they were able to utilize a portion of the Compress site for their project to create quality full-time jobs and an investment of more than $50 million,” said Kennett Mayor Dr. Chancellor Wayne. “This took a lot of work from many people, and it was exciting to see this all come together with the help of partners at the local, state and federal levels. This is a big deal for Kennett, that will have a lasting economic impact. We look forward to maintaining these partnerships to attract more jobs in the future.”
Missouri’s food solutions industry has seen tremendous growth since the year began. From Missouri Prime Beef Packers investing in Pleasant Hope, to Cereal Ingredients Inc. investing in a new facility in St. Joseph, to Swift Prepared Foods cutting the ribbon on a new $68 million facility in Moberly and announcing a new $200 million facility in Columbia – Missouri’s food industry is thriving. Delta Peanut is joining more than 400 food solutions companies operating in Missouri.