Mercer student launches peanut business, inspired by family

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A student at Mercer University is trading in his basketball jersey for a shot at owning his own business. Mac Brydon is the owner of Bear Food, a gourmet peanut business inside the University’s Innovation Center.

“It is something I feel like is blowing up right now, and its a passion that can help me do a lot more than just make money,” says Brydon.

He is looking to not only sell peanuts, but help special needs adults.

“Empowering them to be a part of society, to do something that they want to do this could be a busines to help do that,” says Brydon.

His brother, Miller, has been helping get the gourmet peanuts out to customers.

“Helping them do labeling, packing, and shipping, and empowering them to do something with a real business,” says Brydon.

Bear Foods officially opened for business Friday, bringing peanuts from Virginia to Georgia. Brydon says the product can be used as gifts.

“You have double dipped chocolate, that’s the biggest one, the winner, butter toasted, cajun spice, and the regular ones, they’re just great,” says Brydon.

For his mom, its a chance to celebrate both sons.

“We have been able to see how miller is able to exceed beyond anything that we thought he could do job wise, and we want to be able offer that same opportunity to other young adults,” says Paige Brydon.

Brydon got the idea to sell peanuts from his mom.

“Its been very gratifying for our whole family, to be involved with this, and we’re looking forward to even see where this is going to expand in the future,” says Paige Brydon.

A future that’s even brighter for two brothers who are looking to make their mark in the world of business.

For more information about the business, click here.