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Indianola Pecan House

Mississippi is known for many things, the blues, historic and beautiful antebellum homes, Elvis, and pecans, with almost 30 growers in the state and the best specialty pecans anywhere. The Indianola Pecan House, based out of Indianola, Miss. in the Mississippi Delta, was founded in 1979 by the Timbs Family who still own and manage the company. Wheeler Timbs, Jr., learned that the pecan company he had worked for since the 1960’s was being put up for sale and decided it would be a great business challenge.

Indianola Pecan House is not a farming company, but instead acts as a year-round distributer of raw pecans and specialty goods. It buys the raw pecans from farms across the Southeastern and Southwestern United States, including here in Mississippi, to produce a variety of pecan products including in-shell pecans, pecan halves and pieces, and spiced pecans that are available in an assortment of flavors. Even though the raw goods are purchased from across the country, all of its specialty products are all produced and packaged in the heart of the Mississippi Delta by Mississippi workers. Wheeler “Tim” Timbs, III, who is the current President of Indianola Pecan House says, “Mississippi is the heart and soul of our company. We stay in Mississippi because the people here are what make our business, with good people and hard work.” He attributes Mississippians to the on-going expansion and success of the company, with increased demand as a result of word-of-mouth recommendations from his Mississippi clients. “It all started here but we now ship all over the country and also internationally, and we have had retail stores expand into Louisiana and Tennessee in past years,” he added.

The business has grown to include more than the traditional gourmet pecan products for which Indianola Pecan House has become well known. Businesses looking to develop new branded products, for personal distribution or through Indianola Pecan House are offered assistance through “Flavor Teams” that develop customized pecan and snack products for inquiring clients. The pecan house has to make a variety of coated and roasted pecans including a panning machine. This provides current and future customers with a variety of flavor opportunities.

One example is the Jack Daniel’s distillery based in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In 2004, the Jack Daniel’s company approached Indianola Pecan House with an interesting business proposition, incorporating Jack Daniel’s products in with pecans and developing a customized flavor. The end result Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Praline Pecans. Indianola Pecan House is now one of only 30 Jack Daniel’s licensees worldwide. Other companies have also teamed up with Indianola Pecan House to create readily available name brand treats.

For the individual customer seeking the secret family recipe gourmet pecans and other delicious products, Indianola Pecan House makes its products available through retail stores, internet and mail-order sales, and by phone. It also prides itself on great southern hospitality, customer service, and quality products at a fair and reasonable price.

Indianola Pecan House does more than make your holidays and special occasions a little tastier, but also gives back to their community and to organizations that represent Mississippi culture such as the B. B. King Museum and helping to build activity facilities for children in the state.

For more information on the Indianola Pecan House, please visit their website: www.pecanhouse.com

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