Tyron Spearman tells us about the new officers elected at the American Peanut Council winter conference recently held in Atlanta, Georgia. Otis Lee Johnson was elected as Chairman of the Board. Tyron also gives us news their updated budget approval for the upcoming year and upcoming USA Peanut Congress dates and locations for 2016 and 2017.
The American Peanut Council (APC) is the trade association which represents all segments of the peanut industry. Members include peanut growers, peanut shellers, brokers, peanut product manufacturers, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry.
Headquartered in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, the APC monitors developments in the domestic and international markets and responds with a diverse array of domestic and international marketing, trade servicing, food safety, research and issues management programs. The APC maintains close working relationships with government agencies, research institutions and related peanut and agricultural trade associations.
APC produces several publications for its members. Periodically, the APC conducts market research to monitor consumer awareness of peanuts and peanut products in foreign markets. The APC also holds seminars and workshops on a wide range of technical, food safety and issues management topics. Through industry task force teams, the APC has developed standardized regulations for the use of tote bags and bar codes. In addition, a Winter Conference and the Annual USA Peanut Congress bring together all industry segments to discuss issues of of mutual concern and strategies for the future.
APC leads the industry in developing best practices and training on food safety and represents the industry in crisis management – providing industry, government, media and consumers with answers to their questions on food safety issues.