U.S. Peanut Growers Have Record Year

April 9, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude, who has experience in peanut farming, understands that the yields tend to be cyclical. Still, even industry veterans like Anthony Jean-Claude were surprised at the size of the 2012 peanut crop. While 2011 peanut yields were low due to the Texas drought, 2012 produced historically high yields. Industry experts credited an excellent new variety, the GA06, and nearly perfect growing conditions. Producers in Mississippi averaged 4,400 pounds of peanuts per acre, and Georgia growers averaged 4,550 pounds of peanuts per acre.

The good harvest may bring relief to struggling American consumers who face rising food prices. The end of the peanut shortage may lead to lower peanut butter prices. Peanut butter is a staple protein source for many American children. While farmers initially worried that the huge surplus would depress prices to unsustainable levels, a group of Chinese buyers purchased large amounts of peanuts. China usually buys the bulk of its peanuts from India, but poor growing conditions left the subcontinent without sufficient amounts of peanuts for export. American peanut farmers hope to retain a share of the growing Chinese market.


Napa Valley Wines by Anthony Jean-Claude

March 29, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude is an Odenton, Maryland, business executive and entrepreneur who has held senior management positions with companies such as Maryland Green BioFuel, UPC/GBMH Tobacco, and Supreme Team General Contracting. In his free time, Anthony Jean-Claude is a wine enthusiast who is particularly fond of the wines produced in California’s renowned Napa Valley.

Napa Valley wines have long been regarded as some of the finest in the United States, if not the world. Accounting for approximately 4 percent of California’s total wine production, Napa County supports 45,000 acres of vineyards and 300 individual wineries. Ranging from small family business to massive operations with international reputations, the wineries of the region are as diverse as the varietals they produce. Some of these wineries have operational histories that stretch back to the 1800s. Napa Valley wines did not gain widespread recognition, however, until the 1960s. Although the region initially garnered international attention for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley of today makes a wide array of quality wines including Merlots, Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs.


The oneworld Round-the-World Airline Ticket By Anthony Jean-Claude

March 22, 2013

A partnership among 11 of the world’s top airline carriers, the oneworld alliance flies to more than 150 countries around the globe. In addition to traditional one-way and round-trip tickets, the oneworld alliance also offers special round-the-world fares. These tickets allow travelers to book up to four flight segments on six different continents for a surprisingly affordable price. Valid for up to one year of travel, the tickets require only that customers travel in one continuous direction, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans only one time each. Travelers must choose their destinations in advance, but can alter their flight dates at any time. Prioritizing flexibility and ease of use, oneworld’s round-the-world tickets offer a starting point for the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author: Having traveled to such locales as Haiti and Ghana, Anthony Jean-Claude has also worked in the United States and Germany. Anthony Jean-Claude has held executive positions in the alternative energy, automobile, and contracting sectors.


Anthony Jean-Claude: Napa Valley Wines

May 10, 2012

A busy entrepreneur, Anthony Jean-Claude makes the most of his personal time. He enjoys many activities, including fine dining and good wines. Anthony Jean-Claude is particularly fond of wines from Napa Valley, a growing region located north of San Francisco.

The Napa Valley remains a prime growing region for wine grapes because of its diversity of microclimates. With temperate weather patterns, rainfall that yields concentrated and flavorful grapes, as well as varied soils ranging from silty clay to volcanic rock, Napa Valley grapes thrive and form the basis for world-class wines. In fact, wines produced in the region rival Old World favorites from France and Italy, with varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Syrah, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Noir.

Visitors to Napa Valley can tour the area’s 15 sub-appellations. Each appellation imparts its own unique flair to the wines, arising from terroir, climate, growing conditions, and the skill of the winemaker.