Our History

Our History

In April 1966, Wellington McDonald and Helen Bean founded the Western Nut Company. Their hallmark of success - acquiring the highest quality of raw nuts in the industry then roasting them to perfection - has continued to this very day.
Jerry M Place, David Gillette and Francis Bay - brothers-in-law - acquired Western Nut Company in 1983 and brought the manufacturing and storefront to downtown Salt Lake City.
After many years of selling nuts to Paul’s Candy Company and knowing the great reputation of Paul’s World Famous Brittles, in 2004 Western Nut Company acquired Paul’s Candy Company and brought both companies together under one roof. Now we know we have the greatest salty and sweet flavors for even the most discriminating customers!
Continuing the family-owned tradition -- Loren, Darin & Lee Mercer - brothers - took over the business in 2018 with the commitment to providing the best nuts and chocolates to our customers. As owners of Western Nut, we will always buy only the finest ingredients, roasting the old-fashioned way – one batch at a time.
Western Nut has continued to grow and reach out to more customers by placing Holiday Gift Centers in regional malls and smaller fixtures in local grocery stores during the Holiday Season. More recently, we have a select handful of grocery stores that carry our products year round. Mail order has always been a long-standing tradition for many of our customers. This website is the latest addition to aide our customers in enjoying our great products. Our customers may also find our most popular products to purchase on facebook.com and amazon.com.  

We pride ourselves in our freshness and taste that is unsurpassed.

Our values

We pride ourselves in our freshness and taste that is unsurpassed. The fact that the healthy benefits of nuts go along with this savory and satiating experience makes your choice to join us that much better!

This all makes for a delicious experience without compare. We invite you to share in this experience.


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