Airlines don’t have as many passengers, and aren’t offering as much service to the passengers they do have. So what happened to all the first class nuts? It turns out to be a double whammy thanks to tariffs up to 75% on sales to China.
“I have 50,000 pounds of nuts American Airlines and United didn’t want!” said Kim Peacock of GNS Foods and GreatNuts.com, the airline’s roaster for 30 years.
“We’re feeling sad. We’re sitting on a lot of nuts.”
Business is off 90%, Peacock said. The GNS GreatNuts factory store has marked deluxe mixed nuts down to less than $5 a pound.
…“We’ve been asking American Airlines to help us get rid of these,” she said, waving toward a warehouse with rows of boxes stamped “American” or “United.”
Initially American told them to ‘wait three weeks’ after the decision to remove nuts from flights, then came back and let them know that “the nuts were gone for good.”
The store offered to individually bag the nuts, so flight attendants wouldn’t be handling them, but American didn’t want to serve nuts in first class anymore. They offered the nuts as a package the airline could send to AAdvantage elite members, but American didn’t want to spend that money either (AAdvantage has eliminated baggage tags, too).
You can now buy American Airlines first class nut mix directly, and they even offer the Aloha mix from Hawaii flights with the candied pineapple pieces…