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Grilling pellet trend expands into nuts

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One of the biggest trends in smoking and grilling over the past several years is the use of wood pellets instead of charcoal. Our next guest’s company is seeking to capitalize on that trend but with a twist: theirs are made from peanut and pecan shells. Mike Switzer interviews Jared Jester, president of Hull and Husk in Bluffton, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.