Picky Picky is produced by the Peanut Company of Australia (PCA), processors and marketers of high quality, Australian grown, Hi Oleic peanuts and peanut products. Based in Australia’s peanut capital, Kingaroy and working directly with peanut farmers, PCA have been Australia’s leading supplier of locally grown peanuts to domestic and overseas customers for over 90 years.

At PCA, we’re THE pickiest peanut perfectionists and that is why we are involved with all aspects of the peanut journey from developing new peanut varieties to shelling, grading, blanching, sorting, roasting and flavouring our Picky Picky peanuts. You can read more about PCA, including our world class peanut research and development program at www.pca.com.au.

Learn more about PCA and the Australian Peanut Industry story in the timeline below.

Nutty history

Peanuts first grown in Australia


Peanuts first grown in the South Burnett area of Queensland


Brothers Harry and Ben Young plant their first peanut crop at Memerambi


Fledgling industry receives a boost

NSW company Marrickville Margarine (later known as ETA) installs machinery to extract peanut oil for use in margarine manufacture


Marrickville Margarine purchases entire Burnett area peanut crop


Peanut Marketing Board (PMB) forms

with W.M. Wheatley as chairman, at the request of Queensland growers to acquire the crop and market it on their behalf. First Crop of 231MT received with a selling value of approximately $21,000.


An affiliated body, Queensland Peanut Growers Co-operative Association Ltd,

forms to assist with the handling, storage and marketing of the crop


3000 ton peanut silo opens in Kingaroy

started 1928 and built at a cost of £55,000


PMB establishes depot on Atherton Tableland


Additional 4600 ton silo & plant built in Kingaroy (£62,000)


Original wooden silo destroyed by a fire

which started accidentally in the lunchroom!


Annual production of peanuts reaches in excess of 21,000 tonnes


Commencement of deliveries in bulk, replacing the storage of bagged Farmers' Stock peanuts


In the early 70's PMB production reached 47,000 tonnes,

however it was in 1979 the Australian peanut industry produced a mammoth 61,464 tonnes of peanuts!


For the first time, the entire PMB production was quality sorted using electronic sorting machines.


Aflatoxin standards applied world wide at 15ppb.

PMB laboratory achieves NATA accreditation for the testing of Aflatoxin. Peanut Marketing Board and the Department of Primary industries commenced seed breeding scheme with Dr Ray Shorter.


PMB completed construction of a Blanching Plant

to process the aflatoxin affected portion of the 1980 season crop at a cost of $2,396,985.


Peanut Marketing Board restructures into a public unlisted company, PMB Australia Ltd


PMB introduces 'Laser sorters' to maintain the highest peanut production standards


PMB Australia Ltd changes its name to the Peanut Company of Australia Ltd (PCA)


Introduction of Hi Oleic peanut line

from University of Florida by the Queensland DPI, and breeding activity commences with locally bred peanuts by Alan Cruickshank.


The first commercial sale of Hi Oleic peanuts (SO95R) by PCA


PCA open a $1.76m Innovation and Technical Centre opens in Kingaroy

PCA purchases property in the Northern Territory to produce a winter peanut crop


Transport by rail to Kingaroy stopped

and was replaced by road transport.


Irrigated production of the 'Runner' type

increases through the adoption of a comprehensive Water Management Strategy by PCA


PCA purchases a second property

in the Northern Territory for additional winter peanut production


Major peanut growing areas expanded

to now include the Atherton Tableland near Cairns, Emerald in Central Queensland, Bundaberg and Childers, and in the South and Central Burnett regions west of Brisbane.


PCA launches Picky Picky Peanuts to share with fellow peanut perfectionists!


Acquired by Bega Cheese

PCA (the creators of Picky Picky) is acquired by legendary Australian company Bega Cheese, with an immediate focus on supporting increased peanut production.


Mitey Aussie Nuts

Picky Picky launches Mitey Aussie Nuts, a collaboration with iconic Australian brand Vegemite.