Picky Picky Peanuts launches Mitey Aussie nuts

In Queensland’s home of peanuts, Kingaroy, Picky Picky Peanuts has launched a series of nutty innovations.

Most notably, Mitey Aussie nuts, which is a collaboration with Vegemite.

In addition to Mitey Aussie nuts, Picky Picky Peanuts has launched two other products to meet the growing demand including the locally famous ‘In Shell Salted’ peanuts in 300g and a 4-pack of its number-one seller Sweet Chilli’n’Lime.

At first the range was launched exclusively in Queensland and across a selected number of Woolworths stores.

Now, they have been made available nation-wide as well as online.

Bega Foods general manager Adam McNamara said the recent purchase by Bega of the Peanut Company of Australia (PCA) – owner of Picky Picky Peanuts – has given the brand licence to grow through innovation.

“Bega is the proud owner of PCA and through that ownership, we believe we can help re- invigorate the Picky Picky Peanut brand by providing greater opportunity for innovation and brand collaborations.

“Last year, Bega also bought Vegemite and the original Peanut Butter – and we can’t wait to see what the future holds,” said McNamara.

PCA is based in Australia’s peanut capital, Kingaroy and works directly with Queensland peanut farmers.

It has been regarded as the nation’s leading supplier of locally grown peanuts for ninety-four years, established in 1924, and represents over 100 farming families.


Researchers close to developing non-allergenic peanuts

Researchers at the University of Western Australia say they have taken a significant step in developing ‘super’ peanuts that don’t cause allergic reactions.

Phys.org reports that the UWA scientists have joined a global research team which includes organisations such as the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

By decoding the DNA of peanuts they identified genes which, if altered, could prevent allergic reactions.

Professor Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director- Genetic Gains from ICRISAT and also Winthrop Research Professor with UWA’s Institute of Agriculture and School of Plant Biology was involved in the research.

“This discovery brings us that one step closer to creating peanuts that will have significant benefits globally,” Varshney said.

“We will also be able to produce peanuts that have more health benefits with improved nutritional value.”

About three per cent of Australians are allergic to peanuts.


Pic’s Peanut Butter

Product Name: Pic's Peanut Butter

Product Manufacturer: Pic's Really Good Peanut Butter

Launch date: 28 February 2016

Ingredients: 100% Runner Australian Peanuts, pinch of New Zealand sea salt

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: Jar

Country of origin: New Zealand

Brand Website: https://www.picspeanutbutter.com

Description: Pic’s Peanut Butter is more than a really good peanut butter company. Using 100% Australian nuts, the New Zealand family run business is internationally recognised for its premium, all natural products and strives to be the worlds most loved peanut butter. Pic’s Peanut Butter is made from freshly roasted Australian peanuts and a pinch of salt, and nothing else, and brags a Five Star Australian Health Rating for its incredible nutritional benefits.

Contact: Email    nastasia@straightuppr.com.au

Lucky Cashew Meal

Product Name: Lucky Cashew Meal

Product Manufacturer: Lucky Nuts

Launch date: 8/10/15


Shelf Life: 6-12 months

Packaging: Plastic Bag

Brand Website: https://www.luckynuts.com.au

Describe the product: Introducing Lucky Nuts Cashew Meal, the first cashew meal to hit supermarket shelves in Australia. 

Made from cashews (and nothing else) and packed full of essential nutrients including zinc, protein, iron and magnesium, Lucky's Cashew Meal is incredibly effective in reducing the risk of heart disease and reducing muscle soreness after a work-out, while the high level of zinc boosts your immune system – fighting off infection. 

Lucky Nuts Cashew Meal is a great alternative for wheat-free cooking and baking. It's also incredibly versatile – a nutrient rich addition to smoothies, curries and tasty power balls.

Contact Email: rhys@projectpr.com.au

Macfarms launches easy open Macadamias

 Inspired by the booming trend in China, those nutty geniuses over at MacFarms have launched Macadamias that can be consumed directly from the shell using a unique key in the pack. – Easy Open Macadamias (Roasted & Salted in the Shell).

Macadamias are rich in good monounsaturated fats and fibre, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals containing high levels of essential nutrients iron and magnesium, however unlike opening peanuts or pistachios, it takes some serious manpower to extract a Macadamia from its shell; 300 pounds of pressure per square inch to be exact, making it the hardest nut in the world to crack.

Available in a 350g stand-up resealable pouch, every Macadamia has a groove in its shell, which can be opened using a small metal key included in each pack. Simply insert the key into the slit and lever to crack open the shell to reveal the nutty treasure inside.

Grown and harvested on home soil, MacFarms Easy Open Macadamias are available for limited seasonal release in the fresh produce section of Coles supermarkets from October, while stocks last.

Food exec gets 28-year sentence for poisoning outbreak

According to the Washington Post, former peanut company owner Stewart Parnell has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds between 2008 and 2009 in the US.

The sentence said the Washington Post story, “marked the most severe punishment ever for a food-related crime.” 

Parnell’s now-bankrupt company, Peanut Corp. of America, found salmonella contamination six times in its peanuts between 2007 and 2008, according to investigators.

The investigators documented a long list of unsanitary conditions at the plant, including mould, cockroaches, dirty food processing equipment, rodent activity, along with the failure to separate raw and cooked products. 

They also unearthed e-mails that showed Parnell hastily approving shipments he knew might be contaminated, according to the Washington Post.

Company supervisor Michael Parnell and Stewart Parnell’s brother also received a prison sentence of 20 years. Another employee, a quality-control manager at the plant, who was convicted of obstruction of justice, received a 5-year sentence.

“We think the sentence itself is extremely high,” said Parnell’s attorney, who also added that, “He’s obviously disappointed, but we knew it was a likelihood something like this could happen.”

Parnell will appeal the verdict, said the Washington Post story.