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Our Story

Our Story


In 1986, with only one small batch roaster and three employees cooking peanuts, Marion Smith and his son Craig opened the doors to Whitley's Peanut Factory, which still stands as a retail store off Route 17 in Gloucester, VA. Due to high demand, they soon opened a second location in Williamsburg, VA, and a new production facility in Hayes, VA. Thirty years and millions of peanuts later, Whitley's Peanut Factory has become a local staple for "Home-Cooked" roasted Virginia peanuts and peanut confections. Todd Smith, now president, continues his family's legacy of roasting Virginia peanuts to golden perfection.

The Whitley Difference

Whitley's "Home-Cooked" peanuts have a wonderful, crunchy freshness and distinctive flavor
because our peanuts are still made the old-fashioned way-hand cooked, slowly roasted to perfection.
We choose only the highest quality, super extra-large Virginia peanuts which are hand selected for their size and freshness. Each batch is individually cooked with proven, traditional recipes to ensure the crisp, fresh flavor and unique taste for which our peanuts are famous. We are very proud to have been selected by the National Association for Specialty Food Trade as a Finalist in the Outstanding Hors D'oeuvres or Snack Food category. We offer you only the finest products available and we combine our fine quality with good, quick service.

For over 30 years, Whitley's Peanut Factory has been producing the finest quality gourmet Virginia peanuts on the market. Our delicious "Home-Cooked" peanuts are still hand cooked and slowly roasted to perfection the old-fashioned way. Hand selected for their size (super extra large) and packaged at the peak of their flavor will assure your customer of always receiving a fine quality product from Whitley's.

In our first year as a member of the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade (1993) we were selected as a finalist in the Outstanding Hors d'oeuvres or Snack Food Category. We are proud to have been selected as a member of the Virginia's Finest program, which supports
and promotes Virginia manufactured products. The display of the Virginia's Finest logo on our
packaging confirms our status as producers of some of the finest quality products Virginia has to offer.