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Our Leadership Team

We, the employees of King Nut, pledge to ourselves, co-workers, customers and company that we will do all that we can to maintain the highest level of quality in every aspect of our job. This will be done to the best of our abilities—making every day a new day to achieve higher quality standards for the products that we make at King Nut.

Michael Kanan

Chairman, Board of Directors

Mr. Kanan has been chairman since he bought King Nut Company in 1989. He also was President and Chief Executive Officer through 2003. He has been a food industry executive his entire professional career.

Martin Kanan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kanan has been President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2003. Mr. Kanan joined King Nut in 1991 as its National Sales Manager and has also been Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Matthew R. Kanan

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Kanan has been Executive Vice President in charge of Sales and Marketing since 2003. Mr. Kanan joined King Nut in 1991 as a Regional Manager of Sales and Marketing.

Joseph A. Valenza

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Valenza has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Before that he was Vice President and Corporate Controller.

Debra A. Smith

Vice President, Quality Assurance and Product Development

Ms. Smith has been Vice President of Quality Assurance and Product Development since December of 2006. Before that she was the department’s director since 2003.

Michael Smith

Managing Director, Manufacturing and Plant Operations

Mr. Smith is our managing director of manufacturing and plant operations. Mike joined King Nut as a machine operator while in college in 2001.

Justin Rosenberg

Director and Corporate Controller

Mr. Rosenberg is our Director and Corporate Controller. He started with King Nut in November 2005 as our Accounting Manager. He moved up quickly to Assistant Controller and then Controller.

King Nut leadership team

Welcome to King Nut

Ownership: 100% owned by Kanan Enterprises; Chairman Michael Kanan, President and CEO Martin Kanan and Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer Matthew Kanan.

Employees: Approximately 350

Annual Sales/Revenues: Kanan Enterprises is a privately held company and does not disclose sales figures.

Production: 3 shifts; approximately 500 million annual packages produced.

Union: Plant Employees are all members of the Teamsters Union.

Headquarters: Solon, OH. Headquarters, manufacturing and main warehousing 300,000 square feet spread throughout 6 adjacent buildings. Factory outlet stores in Cleveland and Solon.

Products: Peanuts, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Soy, Snack Mixes, Granola, Pretzels, and Candies.

Brands: King’s Delicious, Peterson’s and Summer Harvest Brands and numerous private label products.

Supplies for: Airlines, Supermarkets, Warehouse Clubs, Sports Stadiums, Corporate Gifts, Convenience Stores, Ice Cream Toppings, Food Ingredients, Vending, Food Service, Private Label, Co-Packing and various other Retailers.

Airlines Customers: Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska, Asiana, Hawaiian, Spirit plus many other regional and international carriers.

Our Green Mission

At King Nut Companies maintaining the highest level of quality in every aspect of our job also includes striving for environmental sustainability. In April 2008 we began an aggressive reduction of energy usage as well as recycling as much of our waste as possible. We believe it is the duty and responsibility of ALL American corporations to help ease the strain on our environment. We hope our actions will serve as a model for other companies, both domestic and foreign, to take the initiative to reduce waste and energy consumption and leave a little bit smaller environmental footprint. Here’s what we’ve been able to do at the administrative & plant levels since the program’s inception:

  • Reduced weight in our packaging by almost 38% in the past two years to save over 237,000 pounds annually of polyethylene plastic packaging.
  • Recycling all paper, plastic and aluminum products used by employees in the course of business.
  • Eliminating the purchase of Styrofoam coffee cups and switching to recyclable utensils.
  • Encouraging employees to only print when necessary and utilizing the two-sided print option.
  • Regularly replacing high cost lighting with energy efficient T5 lighting.
  • Recycle all corrugated materials as well as plastic film cores, tote liners & peanut super sacks.
  • Power down all electrical devices and machines in all plants that are not in use. This greatly increases energy efficiency


Recycled Materials Breakdown:

Below is a breakdown of goods recycled from May 2014 through April 2015:

  • Paper, plastic and aluminum – 2,230 lbs.
  • PET bottles – 4,175 lbs.
  • Film cores – 16,670 lbs.
  • Super sacks – 24,375 lbs.
  • Corrugated materials – 745,420 lbs.
  • Miscellaneous – 186 lbs.
  • Total = 793,056 lbs.


Earth Day

King Nut Companies annually celebrates Earth Day where employees plant trees and other plants. Several employees also volunteer to clean up trash and waste along our properties here in Ohio.

Future Projects

King Nut Companies is currently in the early stages of reviewing a complete lighting upgrade in our main processing facility that could increase energy efficiency by 52%.

These are simply a few actions we take to help improve our community and use less of the earth’s precious resources. King Nut Companies will continually search for ways to improve source reduction and increase energy efficiency that will enhance our environmental sustainability.

Rev. April 2015