Premium Peanut in Douglas, Georgia, hosted an open house for their new peanut oil mill on April 30, 2018. The facility is located adjacent to the already up and running shelling plant. This new operation has the capacity to produce more than 3 million gallons of peanut oil per year. The event brought in more than 250 guests from the local community, state and Southeast.
“We are proud of what we’ve been able to do,” says Karl Zimmer, president and CEO of Premium Peanut.
He went on to express his thanks and gratitude to the growers and shareholders stating how Premium Peanut would not have been able to do it without them.
“We are committed to them every day,” Zimmer says. “To create more value for the product that their harvesting.”
Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Pat Wilson and Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Gary Black along with U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Georgia, also spoke during the open house where they each recognized the importance of agriculture to the state and country.
“This is an exciting event in the history of our young company,” says Lee Taylor, vice president of Premium Peanut. “We are working through the normal startup processes and will ramp up production at a steady pace.”
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, open house attendees were able to tour the shelling plant and oil mill. The oil mill is able to process 12,000 gallons of oil a day on three presses. The new oil mill started up on March 1, 2018, right as Premium Peanut planned and has already started shipping oil to their buyers.
By Whitney Brannen