WAKEFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Diner is set to invest over $4.5 million to nearly double the production of its iconic gourmet peanuts.
SInce 1929, the iconic landmark is known for its restaurant on Route 460 in Wakefield and its line of gourmet seasoned peanuts, snack mixes, peanut brittles, and other candies.
Virginia Gov. Northam approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund and Sussex County is expected to match the grant through a rebate of taxes and infrastructure improvements.
Virginia Diner roasts an average of 4,200 pounds of peanuts per day and more than 7,000 pounds per day during peak holiday season.
As part of this expansion, the company will create 16 new jobs and commit to sourcing 100 percent of its peanut purchases from Virginia. This means nearly four million pounds of peanuts will be sold from Virginia shellers over the next four years.
The expansion is expected to occur in two phases over the next four years. The first phase includes the construction of a 22,000 square-foot addition to the Virginia Diner’s existing building for warehousing, distribution, and office space.
The second phase of the project is an expansion of Virginia Diner’s manufacturing facility, which will increase the company’s production capacity, improve operational efficiencies, and decrease costs, thereby improving product margins.