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Celebrating Georgia Pecans

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Georgia is the nation’s leading pecan producing state and November celebrates National Georgia Pecan Month. Since the early 1800s, Georgia has led the nation in producing these buttery, crunchy nuts, producing an estimated 140 million pounds of pecans annually. October through December are peak harvesting months for Georgia pecans, with November being the perfect time to celebrate. Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Each year, the city hosts the National Pecan Festival, which includes a parade, pecan cooking contest and the crowning of the National Pecan Queen.

In 2011, the Georgia Pecan Commission launched the AntioxiNut campaign to focus on the many health benefits of eating pecans. They have the highest amount of antioxidants of any tree nut and are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium and B vitamins. Pecans are also naturally gluten free and an excellent source of protein and fiber while remaining low in cholesterol and sodium. The American Heart Association has added Georgia Pecans to its list of certified heart-healthy foods and research shows that eating a handful of pecans a day as part of a heart-healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.

During the month of November and year-round, we encourage customers to purchase more Georgia pecans. They’re a great all-season nut and a perfect fit for the upcoming holidays. Georgia pecans are a great healthy snack and recipe ingredient.

We currently have NEW CROP pecan halves and pieces available, which are the freshest and most robustly flavored pecans available as they have just been harvested.

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Peanut Butter Month

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It’s time to celebrate all of the glory that is peanut butter. November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month and Americans will be celebrating by enjoying more than 65 million pounds of peanut butter this month.

This holiday has been a month-long celebration since 1995 when the snack celebrated its 100th anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on November 4, 1895. Celebrate with some of our favorite peanut butter products, recipes and fun facts.

Some of the peanut butter products we offer include:

 

Some of our favorite peanut butter recipes:

 

Did you know?

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  • Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men opt for chunky.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • George Washington Carver was known as the “plant doctor” and the “grandfather of peanuts”. Though he did not invent peanut butter, he discovered many ways to use peanut and innovative farming methods, including crop diversification and soil conservation.
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Best-Selling Retail Snacks

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Below is a peek into which Tropical Foods retail products were selling the best this quarter. As you can see, our Grabeez line of snacks is a big winner. If you’re not currently carrying Grabeez, what are you waiting for?? CONTACT your rep now to add these products to your offerings.

Our current top 15 best selling retail products are:

1. Gummy Bears, Grabeez®
2. Sunburst™, Grabeez®
3. Roasted and Salted Pumpkin Seeds, Resealable Cube
4. Diet Delight®, Grabeez®
5. Sour Neon Worms, Grabeez®
6. Turkish Apricots, Resealable Cube
7. Sweet Caroline®, Grabeez®
8. Chocolate Mini Pretzels, Grabeez®
9. Roasted, No Salt Mixed Nuts with Peanuts, Mini Snack Bag
10. Diet Delight®, Resealable Cube
11. Banana Split®, Grabeez®
12. Sour Fruit Slices, Grabeez®
13. Hi Energy Mix™, Snack Bag
14. Chocolate Pretzels, SUR Bag
15. Yogurt Mini Pretzels, Grabeez®

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The Benefits of Chia Seeds {Infographic}

You’ve probably heard about chia seeds and wondered how to include them in your diet. You might have even read about them in our Top 9 Superfoods post.

Now, let’s explore chia seeds further with this great infographic from Positive HealthWellness that shares the health benefits and tips on how to make chia seeds part of your daily intake.

The Benefits Of Chia Seeds And How To Add Them To Your Diet

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National Nut Day

This Saturday is National Nut Day, a food holiday that celebrates the nut and all of its benefits. Nearly one out of every 10 people eats nuts, or a nut product, at least once a day.  Almonds, walnuts and pecans are the top three nuts consumed in the United States and the production of these nuts have more than doubled in the last decade. Some of the health benefits nuts provide include weight loss, heart friendly fats, disease prevention and the mineral folate which can help with brain development. Read and share the infographic below for more fun facts about nuts.

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