The Peanut Podcast

The Peanut Podcast

The Peanut Podcast, created by the National Peanut Board, delves into issues that are important to peanut growers and the industry. Join NPB staff hosts Lauren Highfill Williams and Lindsay Stevens once a month as they explore hot topics and future trends impacting the industry, including agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, allergies, culture, consumers and more.


November 29, 2022 44 min

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For resources mentioned in the show: 

·       AgriSafe Resource Page 

·       National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


For more resources on mental health:


·       Suicide Prevention Resource Center

·       National Alliance on Mental Illness



·       Maintaining Mental Health During the Holiday Season (And A Pandemic)

·       The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on Ag...

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To learn more about Virginia Carolinas Peanut Promotions, click here

 For more info on peanuts during the holidays:  

  • The Ultimate Halloween Guide for Peanut & PB Lovers 
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Guide to the Holidays 
  • 5 Gifts for Peanut Butter Lovers 
  • 9 Gifts for the Peanut/Peanut Butter Lover in Your Life 
  • 3 DIY Holiday Décor Ideas with Peanuts  
  • Budget Friendly, DIY Holiday Décor with Peanuts  

    For some delicious holid...

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    September 27, 2022 47 min

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    To learn more about the organizations mentioned on today’s podcast: 

    ·       Project Peanut Butter

    ·       Peanut Butter for the Hungry

    ·       Peanut Proud 

    ·       Edesia 


    To learn more about peanuts humanitarian relief and aid: 

    ·       Stock the Shelves with Peanut Butter at Your Local Food Bank this Summer

    ·       Here's a Unique and Fun Way to Help Your Local Food Bank

    ·       Journey of a Peanut Butter Jar: Fighting...

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    Most of us know the basics of how peanuts grow—and that there’s no such thing as a peanut tree! But unless you’ve been able to spend a good amount of time with peanut growers across the U.S., you may not know much about the different challenges and practices growers face throughout the Peanut Belt. Diverse soil types, equipment, diseases, weather and more can impact peanut production. 

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    To learn more about production acr...

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    July 26, 2022 50 min

    Innovation lights the fire for change and growth, and the peanut industry is ablaze! Today we highlight a few movers and shakers in the industry including a young farmer who’s growing organic peanuts and trying his hand at hemp; a Southwestern grower whose diversified operation won her family a peanut efficiency award; a third-generation family peanut business that’s exploring avenues like single-origin peanuts; a researcher who pu...

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    May 31, 2022 51 min

    Everyone has their favorite food they like to pick up at the grocery store or order at a restaurant. There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of “the usual.” But for the food industry to stay primed for growth, it pays to keep a pulse on trends in dining out and eating at home. We’re talking about innovation in Mexican comfort foods like quesadillas, more hands-on experimentation in college dining, healthy eating in grocery stores...

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    Nutritionalist. Food police. Dietician. Registered dietitian nutritionists endure a lot of misunderstandings about their job title and what they do. In this episode, we make it easy to understand the roles RDNs play in our daily lives, including working with patients in hospitals, engaging shoppers at the grocery store level, building the school lunch menu, influencing menus at chain restaurants and more. We discuss how the Nationa...

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    Spring is in the air and opening day of baseball is just around the corner. Peanuts and baseball became a pair as early as the 1890s and is still a classic ballpark snack. We’ll highlight the history of peanuts and baseball, how in-shells are rebounding from the pandemic and how other sports are making new connections with peanuts and peanut butter. Our episode features Jeanne Cashman from Hampton Farms, Virginia peanut farmer West...

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    February 22, 2022 40 min

    Just when we were getting settled in with the target of millennials, a new generation has entered the scene—Gen Z! Young people born between 1997-2012 are included in this latest demographic. They are entering the workforce, increasing their buying power and have behaviors and values that both complement and conflict with their millennial elders. We'll explore the key attributes of Gen Z, why they’re important to marketers and ...

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    January 4, 2022 34 min

    Since its inception, NPB has continued to stay on top of up-to-date trends in marketing to put farmer’s money to work. This week, we explore marketing trends for 2022 by talking to NPB senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Ryan Lepicier; Nichole Bigley from Golin; Les Crall, 2022 chairman of the National Peanut Board; and Kimmi Wernli, president and owner of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Company. 

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    November 30, 2021 29 min

    New data shows per capita peanut consumption continued to reach new heights in 2021. What’s behind this growth and what’s on the horizon? We explore how changes in marketing, product innovation and on the farm have driven peanut consumption to record levels by talking with National Peanut Board’s Bob Parker, Peanut Butter & Company’s Lee Zalben and Texas peanut farmer Peter Froese, Jr.

    Show Notes:

    National Peanut Board Website


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    October 25, 2021 40 min

    Sustainability has been in industry conversation for years, and it’s starting to grow as a driving force in consumer behavior. In this episode, we talk with an industry leader, researcher, farmer and corporate executive about what sustainability means today and for the future of the peanut industry.


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    Song attribution: "Solo Acoustic Guitar" by Jason Shaw

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    September 21, 2021 23 min

    In the inaugural episode of The Peanut Podcast, hosts Lauren and Lindsay dive into the National Peanut Board’s peanut allergy journey. Interviews with NPB CEO Bob Parker, NPB consultant and registered dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins, NPB Chairman Andy Bell and NPB inaugural Virginia Board Member Dee Dee Darden shed light on the early dark days of peanut allergies, challenges with diagnosing peanut allergies and our commitment to p...

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    September 21, 2021 27 min

    In part 2 of our peanut allergy journey, Lindsay and Lauren do a deep dive into peanut allergy treatment and early introduction of peanut foods to infants, as well as the study that changed what we know about peanut allergy prevention. Join us as we speak with NPB CEO Bob Parker, NPB consultant and registered dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins, and NPB agency partner marketing expert Mark Dvorak.

    For more information on early introdu...

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    August 11, 2021 6 min

    In this introductory episode, we discuss why NPB decided to start a podcast and what you can expect coming up. Make sure to subscribe to our channel so you’ll stay up to date on episodes to come.

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