Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts history. A legacy of leadership


Golden’s global leadership in peanuts dates back to the 1950s. Our deep commitment to the industry has helped us develop world-renowned expertise that we share with growers, manufacturers and others in the global peanut and tree nut industry.

What follows is a summary of Golden’s growth through the decades, including the days when the Cotton Producers Association bought peanut-shelling operations in the southern U.S.

1950s Cotton Producers form Gold Kist Peanuts
1964 Gold Kist buys peanut plants in Texas and Virginia
1980 ADM buys Southern Cotton Oil and Carter Warehouse
1981 ADM buys Columbian Peanut Company
1986 Golden Peanut Company forms through ADM and Gold Kist joint venture
1989 Alimenta joins Golden Peanut partnership
1992 Golden Peanut buys Dothan Oil Mill
2000 Cargill joins Golden Peanut partnership, including operations in Argentina
2001 Ownership of Golden Peanut is consolidated among Cargill, ADM and Alimenta
2002 Golden Peanut ownership is consolidated among ADM and Alimenta. Golden acquires Dawson, Georgia, oil mill
2004 Golden builds specialty products plant in Blakely, Georgia for peanut flour, aromatic peanut oil and peanut extract
2007 Golden oil refinery opens in Dawson
2010 ADM acquires Alimenta interest
2013 Golden Peanut acquires 80 percent ownership in the assets of P- Farm Agente, one of South Africa’s leading peanut processors, and 50 percent ownership in the assets of South Africa Pecans, its affiliated pecan business
2014 Golden Peanut acquires assets of SA Groundnut Marketing in South Africa
2014 Golden Peanut becomes Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts
2014 Golden acquires Harrell Nut Company, a leading processor and sheller of pecans.
2017 Golden acquires tree nut processing plants in California and forms the Processing and Distribution division.