Overview of the US Peanut Industry

Peanut-Growing-and-HarvestingThe United States of America is one of many countries around the world that grow peanuts. Historically, the largest producing countries are India and China, but the majority of their production goes into the production of peanut oil.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in 2013, the top 20 producing countries were: China; India; Nigeria; USA; Sudan (former); Myanmar; Indonesia; Argentina; United Republic of Tanzania; Senegal; Cameroon; Ghana; Viet Nam; Chad; Malawi; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Brazil; Uganda; Niger; and Burkina Faso.

FAO world production map 2013

The USA is the fourth largest producer of peanuts, after China, India and Nigeria, and has historically been one of the leading peanut exporting countries.

Top groundnut producing countries 2013

The map and graph above are taken from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Statistics Division: http://faostat3.fao.org/faostat-gateway/go/to/browse/Q/QC/E

Unlike most other producing countries, where the end products are peanut oil, cake and meal, the prime market for U.S. peanut is in edible consumption, and the marketing and production focus is in that direction. Only 15% of U.S. production is normally crushed for oil. Peanuts are the 12th most valuable cash crop grown in the United States with a farm value of over one billion U.S. dollars.

Most of the U.S. peanut crop is used in domestic edible products each year. Peanuts, peanut butter and peanut candy are some of the most popular products in the United States. American consumers eat more than 6 pounds or 2.7 kilograms (kernel basis) of peanut products each year, worth more than $2 billion at the retail level.

Either on the right hand side or below you will find quick links to detailed information on the American Peanut Council, facts and figures on the industry, exports and technical information. For information on how peanuts are grown and harvested, as well as information on peanut ingredients, please go to the section headed ‘Overview'.

Links to other peanut industry organisations.