In 2006, the goal became a reality and Pioneer Nut Company, LLC (P.N.C.) opened its doors. Located just outside of Reno, NV, Pioneer Nut is the only walnut processing plant in Nevada. Economic factors drove the decision to build the processing plant in this location. Nevada offers attractive tax packages, lower business costs and less expensive permitting fees. However, the Stephen's felt sure the move to Nevada would allow better grower returns. They made the right move. Pioneer Nut's operation is going full bore offering growers fair/competitive returns and consumers fresh walnuts below retail pricing.
Using state of the art equipment, we produce walnut halves, large pieces, medium pieces and small pieces.
Pioneer Nut follows the strict guidelines of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) procedures. We are also certified by the Nevada Department of Health as a food processor. When using the CCOF trademark, Pioneer Nut diligently meets the standards of CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) as handlers of organic walnuts shipped domestically, or accessed through the Global Market. Our products have also been certified by Kosher Supervision of America and are under strict rabbinical supervision for Kosher and Pareve certification when bearing the KSA logo. Pioneer Nut is continually updating and adding to our certification processes.
In 1943, Vera Stephens, a widow, brought her family to Yuba City, California from Slick Rock, Kentucky. She pioneered a new life in farming - what she knew- and would pass it on to her sons. In turn, her sons passed it on to their children.
In 2005, Jeff and Cherie Stephens, and Brother Dan Stephens, started laying groundwork to build a nut processing facility. Third generation California farmers, the Stephens abilities to commercially grow, harvest, hull, and dry walnuts are extensive. The next logical step was to become a processor.