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News In a Nutshell | September 5, 2023

Going Back to School with Peanuts

The new school year has begun across the country and the National Peanut Board has fresh new resources to help school nutrition professionals start the year off right when serving peanut foods and managing allergens.


The free digital toolkit, Peanut Power for Schools: Guide for Serving Peanuts in School Foodservice, has five unique recipes that were thoughtfully developed and properly scaled for school foodservice, peanut nutrition information, resources for handling allergies and guidance for conducting recipe taste tests with students. The full guide is available online and as a downloadable PDF.


NPB also presented a School Nutrition Association webinar in August, which had nearly 300 registrants and is now available for on-demand viewing. The webinar, Back to School: Keys to a Food-Safety Start to the School Year, featured speakers Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, and SNA Vice President Shannon Gleave, RDN, SNS, and covered topics of food safety and food all that should be included in annual foodservice staff training, dispelled myths about food safety and food allergy and how to use technology to help with safety and allergy management practices.


For more on managing peanut allergies in K-12, visit and listen to NPB’s podcast episode on the topic.


NPB Strengthens Partnership with National Medical Association

The National Peanut Board (NPB) attended the National Medical Association’s Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA from July 29-August 2, 2023.


The National Medical Association is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and is dedicated to improving the quality of health among minorities and medically underserved populations. This conference brought together hundreds of physicians from all specialties of medicine including family medicine, allergy, asthma and immunology, dermatology and pediatrics.


In attendance to this event were Markita Lewis, marketing communications associate for NPB and Mark Dvorak from Golin. During the conference, NPB hosted a dinner at Restaurant R’evolution with physician leaders within the National Medical Association, with additional representation from past and current presidents of organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).


This dinner was held to strengthen partnerships between NPB and NMA to promote early introduction as an effective peanut allergy prevention tool. Conversations at the dinner were facilitated by NPB representatives and Dr. Warren A. Jones of NMA, focusing on how early introduction is an issue of health equity and supporting quality of life and wellness in patients throughout their lifespan.


During the dinner, NPB shared with the leaders details about the work that is already ongoing to support physicians in integrating early introduction within their medical practice. This inspired further conversations about potential areas of opportunities to reach physicians, including continuing education webinars, research opportunities and reaching residents and medical students.


At the end of the night, NPB and NMA were aligned in their goals to support early introduction and will find ways to effectively partner in the upcoming years.


Share a Peanut Buttery Treat with Your Dog and More Upcoming Consumer Activations

Few family members can understand one’s love for peanut butter as much as our canine companions. It’s the perfect snack for both humans and dogs alike, which is why in celebration of National Dog Day on August 26, the National Peanut Board (NPB) created the first-ever peanut butter recipes that are human delicious and dog-safe!  Given 94 percent of Americans have at least one jar of peanut butter in their pantry, chances are pet parents already have the star ingredient for these recipes at home.

The National Peanut Board developed six delicious recipes with fun pup-themed names for pet parents and their pooch to enjoy together including:

  • Peanut Butter Pup-tarts: An oat dough pastry to be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.
  • Pumpkin Peanut Butter Woofles: A protein-packed waffle recipe to start to your day featuring peanut butter and pumpkin.
  • Green Pooch Smoothie: A plant-based protein and greens smoothie to help you cool off.
  • Pawfect Peanut & Salmon Bowl: An entree perfect for lunch or dinner featuring a homemade curry, coconut peanut sauce for added flavor.
  • Pup’s Lazy Sundae: A peanut butter and banana nice-cream dessert.
  • Barkuterie Board: Our take on a charcuterie board starring a lightly whipped peanut butter dip paired with fresh fruits and veggies.

Enjoy these recipes with your furry friend by visiting


Later this fall, the National Peanut Board will launch a restaurant pop-up collaboration with a celebrity chef in Atlanta on October 9th. This will be the final activation in the We Grow Comfort campaign program. Featuring a peanut-inspired, limited-edition menu, this partnership and restaurant pop-up will highlight the nostalgia and comfort that comes with eating peanuts and peanut butter in an elevated and exciting new way.


NPB Supports the Next Generation of Dietitians

By Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD

According to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), 80% of registered dietitians are white and 92% are female. A more diverse healthcare system with practitioners that better reflect the communities they serve may have better outcomes and help to improve health equity.


Diversify Dietetics has been at the forefront of changing the face of dietetics by providing “a community for students, professionals, and educators dedicated to increasing ethnic and racial diversity in the nutrition and dietetics profession.” Along the way, Diversify Dietetics has created so much support to help create a more diverse profession. They’ve done this through a variety of programming, including in-person and virtual networking events, training resources and mentoring programs, and this year they have their first dietetic intern cohort.


National Peanut Board (NPB) has been happy to provide support for the incredible work of Diversify Dietetics, supporting their work through sponsored webinars for members and by hosting its outstanding group of dietetic interns during their orientation in Atlanta in August.


“NPB's support of Diversify Dietetics helps us in the delivery of our mission of creating a more diverse and inclusive nutrition workforce by not only being a donor, but also by providing guest experts, speakers, and mentors from the NPB team,” said Tamara Melton, founder and executive director of Diversify Dietetics. “This partnership has enriched many of our programs and allowed us to expand our mission.”


The NPB team is excited to continue supporting work to create a nutrition and dietetics workforce that reflects the diverse and rich communities of the U.S. For more information about Diversify Dietetics, visit their website at


The Peanut Podcast Episode 20 How I Got Here: Stories from the Farm

Whether today’s farmers come from a multi-generational line of growers or they’re the first generation to be called to agriculture, those paths are filled with twists and turns, challenges, redemption and kindness. In this episode, we’re sharing compelling stories from the peanut grower community that open up new opportunities, possibilities and appreciation in agriculture. Featured peanut farmer guests on this episode are Karla Thompson of Georgia, Jan Jones of Georgia and Lonnie Fortner of Mississippi. Read the full recap here, and listen to the full episode here.


Recipe: Pup’s Lazy Sundae

It's no secret that pups and people share a common love of peanut butter. Peanut butter is delicious, nutritious and comforting! NPB created the first-ever peanut butter snacks that are dog-safe and tasty for people and pups. Check out the Pup’s Lazy Sundae recipe here and see all of our fun dog-friendly recipes here.


National Peanut Board Calendar for  

September 5, 2023 -  September 30, 2023

High-Oleic Oils Congress

(Florence, Italy)

September 7- September 8 

 North Carolina Peanut Growers Meeting (Lewiston Woodville, NC)September 7
 National Black Growers Council Model Farm Tour 
(Rowesville, SC)
 September 8
FAACT Food Industry Summit
(Oak Brook, IL)
 September 10 - September 12
 The Peanut Institute Health & Wellness Committee Meeting 
(Atlanta, GA)
September 13 
 China International Peanut Conference 
(Jinzhou, China)
 September 17 - September 23
Commodity Roundtable CEO Meeting 
(Washington, DC)
 September 19 - September 20
Plains Peanut Festival 
(Plains, GA)
 September 22 - September 23
 Alabama Harvest Tour September 24 - September 25
 The Peanut Podcast Episode 21 September 26
 MANRRS Regional Meeting 
(Atlanta, GA)
 September 29 - September 30

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News in a Nutshell is a monthly e-newsletter from the National Peanut Board with the latest on USA-grown peanuts in the media, marketing and promotions, food allergy news, grower resources and much more.


Marketing & Communications Editorial Team

Ryan Lepicier

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Lauren Highfill Williams


Lindsay Stevens


Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD


Catherine Karanja


Markita Lewis, MS, RD


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