Virginia Diner in Wakefield will invest more than $4.5 million to roughly double production of its gourmet peanuts.
Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement in July.
Virginia Diner, founded in 1929, is known for its restaurant on Route 460 in Wakefield as well as its gourmet peanuts and snacks. The company currently sources Virginia-variety peanuts exclusively from Florida. As part of its expansion, Virginia Diner has committed to sourcing 100 percent of its peanut purchases from Virginia, which will lead to the purchase of nearly four million pounds of peanuts from Virginia shellers over the next four years.
“Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, and that means it is vital to our economy and the well-being of our residents,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia Diner celebrates all of the culinary traditions of the Southeastern corner of our commonwealth, most notably, Virginia peanuts. This expansion will not only bring new jobs and investment to Sussex County, but will create important new markets for Virginia peanuts and help secure the future of one of our most iconic businesses.”