EASTMAN, Ga. — Snack maker Stuckey’s Corp. has expanded its management team with the merger and acquisition of Front Porch Pecans. While Stephanie Stuckey will maintain her position of CEO of Stuckey's, Robert Gainer “R.G.” Lamar Jr., founder of Front Porch Pecans, will assume the role of president of Stuckey’s.
“I’m thrilled that R.G. will be jointly running Stuckey’s with me,” Stuckey said. “He brings a wealth of expertise about pecan markets plus a fresh perspective on how we can introduce our brand to a younger demographic. This merger aligns well with our strategic growth plan to add healthier nut options and adapt to changing consumer tastes.”
Stuckey’s, Eastman, Ga., has almost 20 standalone brick-and-mortar pecan-stand locations and more than 50 Stuckey’s express, or store-within-a-store, locations primarily in the Southeast and Texas. The company is wholesale distributor for these outlets and the exclusive provider of Stuckey’s-branded products, including t-shirts, mugs, hats and the iconic pecan log roll.
Front Porch Pecans, based in Hawkinsville, Ga., was founded in 2015 and sells a variety of pecan snack flavors, including BBQ, maple and sea salt. These products are available for sale in numerous retailers including Publix, Wegman’s, Food City and others.
Lamar is a leader in the pecan industry. He serves as vice chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission and was formerly vice president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association. “I look forward to introducing Stuckey’s to a new generation of customers," he said. "We have aggressive plans to expand our store locations, enhance our production capacity and build our customer base, including domestic and foreign markets.”