John B Sanfilippo & Son Inc was formed as a corporation under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1979 as the successor by merger to an Illinois corporation that was incorporated in 1959. The Company is a processor and distributor of tree nuts and peanuts in the United States. These nuts Orchard Valley Harvest and Sunshine Country are sold under a variety of private labels and under the Fisher, brand names. It also markets and distributes, and in most cases manufactures or processes, a diverse product line of food and snack products, including peanut butter, natural snacks and trail mixes, sunflower seeds, sesame sticks and other sesame snack products. The Company's principal products are raw and processed nuts. The nut product line includes peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios, filberts, cashews, English walnuts, black walnuts, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. The Company's nut products are sold in numerous package styles and sizes, from poly-cellophane packages, environmentally friendly packages, composite cans, vacuum packed tins, plastic tubs and plastic jars for retail sales, to large cases and sacks for bulk sales to industrial and food service customers. In addition, it offers its nut products in a variety of different styles and seasonings, including natural, blanched, oil roasted; dry roasted, unsalted, honey roasted, flavored, spicy, butter toffee, praline and cinnamon toasted. It sells its products domestically to retailers and wholesalers as well as to industrial, food service and contract packaging customers. It also sells certain of its products to foreign customers in the retail, food service and industrial markets. It sells its products to approximately 950 customers through the consumer, industrial, food service, contract packaging and export distribution channels. The Company's nuts and other snack food products compete against products manufactured and sold by numerous other companies in the snack food industry, some of whom are substantially larger and have greater resources than it. In the nut industry, it competes with, among others, Planters, Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., Diamond Foods, Inc. and numerous regional snack food processors. It markets its products primarily under private labels and the Fisher, Orchard Valley Harvest and Sunshine Country brand names. The Company is subject to extensive regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the USDA, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other state, local and foreign authorities in jurisdictions where its products are manufactured, processed or sold.