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Peanuts come in all flavors

National Peanut Board Chair discusses peanut products found this spring at food shows.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

May 2, 2022

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Chairman Les Crall, National Peanut Board and Oklahoma Peanut CommissionShelley E. Huguley

After attending the Fancy Food Show and Natural Products Show, National Peanut Board Chairman Les Crall is even more convinced that peanut possibilities are endless.

"It was amazing how many uses they have for peanuts," said Crall who is also chairman of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission. Product distributors from the East Coast to the West Coast and from other countries including Israel and Brazil, marketed peanut products, along with other foods from all over the world.

"My wife (Laurie) and I were specifically looking for products that had peanuts in them," Crall said. "The National Peanut Board also has a booth. We have companies just starting out and promoting peanuts, so we make booth space available for them to promote their products."

Crall shared several of the show items he had gathered with producers at the recent 2022 Oklahoma Peanut Expo. They included peanut puffs for infants and flavored peanuts such as dill, garlic parmesan, and sea salt and vinegar.

Crall, who also produces peanuts, said there are food trends that as a farmer he's not aware of. "As farmers, we know many people are removed from their food, they don't know how their food is grown and raised. But there are so many people that have come up with such wonderful ways to use our food. The Millennial generation [born between 1981-1996] and the Gen Z [born between 1997-2012], are all about food, healthy food and eating habits, and that's what some of this is geared towards."

Watch the following video to hear Crall's interview and to learn more about some of the peanut products he brought home.


About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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