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Priester’s Pecans, landmark Alabama brand, plans to harvest future growth

FORT DEPOSIT, Alabama – For more than 85 years, Priester’s Pecans has helped families across Alabama and beyond celebrate the holidays, and the Lowndes County company continues to write new chapters in its storied history.

The pecan processor and handmade candy operation is in the middle of its busiest time of the year, as more than 50 percent of its annual sales volume happens from October to December, said owner Thomas Ellis.

The pecan harvest happens in late fall as well, so the company is also busy cracking and shelling the pecans its buys from growers around the Southeast, for a total of about 2 million pounds per year.

Annual sales top $10 million, with a workforce of about 175 people during the holidays and 100 in the off season.

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