Local company has customers going "nuts" over their products

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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Walnuts, almonds, pecans, you name it, they got it!

Watanut in Augusta opened their doors in 2013. In five short years, their products have customers going nuts! Especially their Pecan Sandies.

Brian Kyzer and his wife started the company. "The pecan industry is big and its something people in the South love to buy and to give," he says.

Kyzer says they focus on making sure what their selling makes a great gift. They're really popular during Christmastime.

He says they also wanted to take a crack at doing something different with Watanut. "We didn't want to be like all the other companies we make mixes. Something sweet, something savory."

Before starting Watanut, Kyzer was in the bottled water industry for a decade. He says that helped prepare him for this type of business.

"Just like the people aspect, the making something from scratch and being able to brand it," Kyzer says.

Kyzer says he wouldn't be surprised to see more small food companies to come out of Augusta soon. Our area is set up for growth and the demand will be there he says.

"I think the way Augusta is growing now with the influx of more companies and more jobs, more housing and people looking for things to do whether it's dining or retail," he says.

Watanut is also gaining some buzz for their Pecan Sandies. They were named finalists in the 2018 Flavor of Georgia competition.

The University of Georgia scours every corner of the state for the best craft foods.

Watanut's Pecan Sandies have been named finalists for the Confections category.