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Hampton Farms Announces $5.735 Million Plant Expansion
October 16, 2018

Hampton Farms, a division of Severn Peanut Company, Inc., has announced that the firm will invest $5.735 million to install a bulk peanut butter production line at its peanut processing operation in Southampton County. As a result of this expansion, the company will increase its purchases of Virginia-grown peanuts by an additional $6 million, or 12 million pounds over the next three years.

Hampton Farms is well known for its extensive line of in-shell peanuts, gourmet peanuts, and nut butters sold under its own Hampton Farms label, as well as under private labels, and most notably, all in-shell peanuts for Major League Baseball. This expansion allows the company to increase sales to food manufacturers and institutional customers filling large format orders ranging from five-pound pails to 1,700-pound totes.

According to a statement released by Governor Ralph Northam, “Investments like these spread new jobs and economic vitality to our rural communities, while also creating important market opportunities for our farmers. This is another great win for the Commonwealth’s thriving food and beverage industry, for this region, and for the Virginia economy. I congratulate Hampton Farms on this important expansion and thank them for their continued growth and investment in the Commonwealth.”

“Hampton Farms is appreciative of the support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Southampton County,” said President and CEO of Hampton Farms Dallas Barnes. “We are pleased to announce we will be moving additional production to the Franklin, Virginia facility and as a result we will be creating 14 new jobs. The new machinery and equipment, and additional production capacity will allow us to better service our customers and consumers. Our sincere thanks to Amanda Jarratt and Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., the Commonwealth, Southampton County and the City of Franklin.”

The Commonwealth partnered with Southampton County and Hampton Farms on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and made to businesses that add value to Virginia-grown agricultural and forestall products.

Governor Northam approved a $100,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which Southampton County will match with local funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

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