Douglas Peanut Company Named Peanut Buying Point of the Year
The National Peanut Buying Points Association has recognized Douglas Peanut and Grain of Douglas as the Peanut Buying Point of the Year. The manager is Peter Brown. Douglas Peanut Company is one of the new members of Premium Peanut.
According to Tyron Spearman, Executive Director, "It has been a tradition to honor one buying point of the year that does a good job buying peanuts and serving their farmers, but also involved as a family in the local community and the industry and association." Spearman says there are 130 peanut buying points in Georgia and 400 nationwide from New Mexico to Virginia across the peanut belt.
Douglas Peanut Company is owned by Ralph Evans and in 1984 started with Golden Peanut Company. They joined the Premium Peanut Coop in 2016. While with Golden, the buying point bought 10,000 to 12,000 tons per year. After working with farmers and them trusting this team, Douglas Peanut Company in 2017 bought 58,000 farmer stock tons and was said to be the biggest buying point in Georgia. In 2018, after two Hurricanes, the buying point bought 46,500 tons.
When Peter Brown was notified, he said “I want to pay tribute to my staff on the yard and in the office. We could not have made this possible without them.” _
Peter is a board member of the National Peanut Buying Points Association and active on the Political Action Committee, selling raffle tickets each year. He is active in the community with the Boys and Girls Club, his church and very active in the Recreation Program, as his girls are involved in the sport of softball.
He and wife Jan have 3 girls, Sheala, Laykin and Tori. Sheala is on a softball scholarship at Georgia Gwinnett. Laykin and Tori are scholarship players at Thomas University.