Kingaroy peanuts in the national spotlight
DEMAND for the South Burnett's peanuts is set to spike following a deal between the Peanut Van and IGA to stock their flavoured peanuts in all their Queensland stores.
As for Tuesday, October 25 the Peanut Van will sell their new range of Kingaroy Flavoured Peanuts.
The Peanut Van owner Rob Patch said the deal had been in the works for quite a while.
"We've been sending peanuts to them over the past few years and it's just built up,” Mr Patch said.
"They came to us in about April or May this year and asked if we wanted to supply all their stores and we said, 'yeah righto.'”
The new product has different packaging and new flavours to those currently available at their Kingaroy St store.
About 16.7 tonnes of Kingaroy Flavoured Peanuts have already been shipped to IGA.
"We've been given a national vendors licence which means we can supply any IGA in Australia,” Mr Patch said.
The new brand of peanuts come in a range of flavours including salted carmel, ginger and honey,. honey coated, tangy lime, BBQ, sea salt, Mexican, curry, salt and vinegar and hickory smoked
For most of the Peanut Van's history it has maintained few distribution points, allowing tight control on quality, and Mr Patch said this helped build the brand.
"People knew whenever they bought Peanut Van peanuts they would taste the same, no matter where they bought them,” he said.
This move marks a departure from that strategy.
"It's been just absolutely mind blowing for us, we can handle it , we've got the capacity, we can package and cook and do nearly five tone a day.”
To mark the occasion Channel 10's The Living Room is running a segment on the operation tonight.
Tune in at 7.30pm to see Mr Patch and his team in action.