We were attending an International Showman's Convention in Gibbtown, FL in
1996 and had just entered a big exhibition building to check out tents,
lighting, and other equipment used for the concession and catering business.
We all suddenly stopped and said almost in unison "what is that wonderful
smell?" As we continued to follow our noses we finally found the source in a
small booth in the opposite end of the building. A German was giving
samples of German roasted almonds and selling the machines and packaging to
make this wonderfully delicious product. Needless to say we continued to
return to the booth for more sample everyday of the show.
Our single goal at the show was to purchase a 20' concession trailer to go
into the catering and consession business. All the while, we were
continually under the influence of those German roasted almonds. My wife Connie was along and at
one point said, "Fellas, why don't we think about the roasted nut business
instead of the consession and catering business. It sure looks simpler, and
it tastes wonderful." Without so much as a blink, we all voted her
down, and purchased the trailer.
Two years later, after going bust in catering business, we still couldn't forget the
smell and taste of those German roasted almonds from the show. We finally caved
in to my wife's initial suggestion.
As Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story is history. Today we
are not only making wonderfully delicious almonds; we've added pecans,
hazelnuts, and most recently, jumbo cashews, so even more people can experience
the unforgettable taste of German Roasted Nuts.