Frequently Asked Questions - Peanut Butter

Ingredients, Allergies, and Food Preferences

Is your peanut butter non-GMO?

Nine varieties of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter have received non-GMO Project designation from the Non-GMO Project, North America’s sole provider of 3rd party verification and labeling for non-GMO products! Verification for The Bee’s Knees is in progress.

Is your peanut butter gluten-free?

Yes, our peanut butter is certified gluten-free by GFCO, the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Our labels are currently being updated from a generic gluten-free statement to GFCO’s certification logo.

Is your peanut butter certified kosher?

Yes! All of our peanut butter is certified kosher pareve by the Orthodox Union. We always list the kosher status in the item descriptions on our website.

Is your peanut butter Certified Halal?

Five of our peanut butter varieties are Certified Halal by The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. They are Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, White Chocolate Wonderful, and The Bee’s Knees.

Is your peanut butter suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

With the exception of The Bees Knees, all of our peanut butter is certified free of all animal products by Vegan Action.

Is your peanut butter made in a facility that also manufactures tree nuts, seeds and other potential allergens?

No. Our peanut butter is manufactured in a facility that only processes peanuts.

While many of our other products like jams, jellies, and peanut snacks may not contain tree nuts or seeds in the ingredient list, some are processed in facilities that also process tree nuts and seeds. Please check the label of the individual product you are inquiring about for more information.

Is your peanut butter dairy-free? Is it made it a dedicated dairy-free facility?

Yes all 10 varieties of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter are dairy-free. Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful contain cocoa butter which may sound like it contains dairy but is in fact solely produced from cocoa beans and is 100% dairy free.

While many of our other products like jams, jellies, and peanut snacks may not contain dairy in the ingredient, some are processed in facilities that also process dairy ingredients. Please check the label of the individual product you are inquiring about for more information.

Is your peanut butter soy free? Is it made it a dedicated soy-free facility?

Yes all 10 varieties of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter are soy free. Please check the label of the individual product you are inquiring about for more information.

While many of our other products like jams, jellies, and peanut snacks may not contain soy in the ingredient list, some are processed in facilities that also process soy. Please check the label of the individual product you are inquiring about for more information.

What is the source of the lecithin found in your White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate peanut butter?

The lecithin we use is certified kosher and is vegetarian. It is derived from sunflowers.

Vinegar is listed as one of the ingredients in The Heat Is On peanut butter, and that the product is also labeled as gluten-free. I have celiac disease and would like to check the ingredients in the vinegar, as some vinegars are made from wheat, which contains gluten.

The vinegar that we use is derived from corn, not wheat.

What kind of vanilla extract do you use? Is it corn based/ is there alcohol in it?

We use pure vanilla in our peanut butter and it does not contain corn or alcohol.

Is your peanut butter casein-free?

Yes, our peanut butter is casein-free.

Does your peanut butter have salt in it?

Yes. We add a small amount of salt to our peanut butter to bring out the natural sweetness of the peanuts. However, because we use just a small amount, many customers tell us that our peanut butter works with their low sodium diets.

Does the salt used in your peanut butter have iodine?

No, the flour salt used in our peanut butter is not supplemented with iodine.

Does your peanut butter have sugar in it?

Our Old Fashioned Smooth, Old Fashioned Crunchy, and The Heat Is On varieties contain no added sugar. The Bee’s Knees, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, Crunch Time, Dark Chocolate Dreams, Mighty Maple, Smooth Operator, and White Chocolate Wonderful are all sweetened with cane sugar, an unrefined sugar.

I see Palm Fruit Oil listed as an ingredient in 8 of your flavors of peanut butter – is it healthy?

We use a very small amount of palm fruit oil to stabilize 8 of our 10 varieties of peanut butter. Palm fruit oil keeps the peanut oil from separating in the jar. It is a healthier option than the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil that many mass market brands of peanut butter use to stabilize their products.

Palm Fruit Oil is often confused with Palm Kernel Oil. Palm kernel oil is derived from palm kernels and contains 82% saturated fat. Palm Fruit Oil comes from the fruit of the palm and has a nutritionally balanced profile of approximately 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fat.

When safely processed using traditional methods, palm oil promotes health by providing important lipid antioxidants and fatty acids. A high percentage of the saturated fats in palm oil are supple long-chain fats, excellent sources of energy. In contrast, hydrogenated fats result from converting supple long-chain fats into still "plastic-like" short-chain fats, producing desirable texture in foods but highly undesirable results from a health standpoint.

Palm fruit oil contains no trans-fats, which has come under scrutiny by the FDA as a link to major diseases including heart disease and cancer.

I see Palm Fruit Oil listed as an ingredient in 8 of your flavors of peanut butter – do you support responsible palm oil use?

We use a very small amount of palm fruit oil to stabilize 8 of our 10 varieties of peanut butter. Palm fruit oil keeps the peanut oil from separating in the jar. It is a healthier option than the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil that many mass market brands of peanut butter use to stabilize their products.

We are aware that a recent worldwide increase in demand for palm products has resulted in rainforest deforestation in Indonesia and loss of habitat for the native orangutan population.

The palm fruit oil that is used in Peanut Butter & Co. products comes from Malaysia. Sustainability is a primary concern for our supplier, who is in fact one of the founding members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is comprised of governments, palm growers, palm oil users, and non-governmental organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. Its goal is the preservation of the natural environment in a sustainable way that also permits reasonable growth of palm oil plantations that support local populations. For more information about the RSPO please visit their website www.rspo.org

We also take the additional step of ensuring that 100% of our purchases of palm fruit oil lead to more sustainable production through the Green Palm program. For more information about Green Palm please visit their website www.greenpalm.org

What is Marshmallow Fluff made of?

Marshmallow Fluff is made by the Durkee Mower Company. The ingredients are: corn syrup, vanilla flavor, and egg whites. It is Kosher and gluten-free. This information comes from the Marshmallow Fluff Web site. For more information, check out their site at: www.marshmallowfluff.com/faq/html

Manufacturing and Storage

What kind of peanuts do you use to make your peanut butter?

There are four different kinds of peanuts grown in the United States – Virginias, Runners, Spanish, and Valencias. We use a special blend of peanuts that have been selected based on taste, texture, and natural sweetness.

How do you make peanut butter?

We start with fresh peanuts that we blanch and roast to perfection. Then we turn the peanuts into a thick paste using a special grinder. Our Old Fashioned Smooth and Crunchy varieties contain just peanuts and a little bit of salt. Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, and our flavored peanut butters are made with premium ingredients. They are sweetened with cane sugar and stabilized with sustainable palm fruit oil.

Are your peanut butters regularly tested for harmful bacteria and aflatoxin (a harmful substance made by certain types of mold that is often found on poorly stored grains and nuts)?

Product safety is very important to us at Peanut Butter & Co. We are, in fact, held to the same standards as larger peanut butter manufacturers. Our raw ingredients as well as our finished products go through a vigorous battery of tests before they are permitted to leave our factory. A few of the things we test for include aflatoxin, salmonella, and E.coli.

What's the shelf life of your peanut butter? How long will it last?

Each jar of peanut butter has an “Eat By” or “Best By” date printed on the jar – you can find it stamped on the collar close to the blue lid. For optimal taste, please enjoy your peanut butter before this date.

Once you open the jar, peanut butter should be consumed within 6 months. Peanut butter is best stored in a cool, dry place, like a cupboard, but not one close to the stove. You can store your peanut butter in the refrigerator if you like.

How should I store it? Do I need to refrigerate it?

You can store the peanut butter in the refrigerator if you like, but it’s not necessary. Most people store peanut butter in a cupboard or cabinet as it is easier to spread when at room temperature. Warmer temperatures may cause the peanut’s natural oils to come to the top of the jar. If this happens, just stir it back in.

There's oil on top of the peanut butter. Has it gone bad?

Oil separation can occur over time. The peanut butter has not spoiled, just stir the oil back in.

Can I recycle your peanut butter jar?

Since our jars are made of plastic (PET), they are 100% recyclable.

Do your plastic peanut butter jars contain BPA?

No our peanut butter jars do not contain BPA. They are BPA-free.

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