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sunflower seed butter at Trader Joes

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I just got back from Trader Joes, and while I was there, I noticed a new product on the shelves. They've started selling a sunflower seed butter with no hydrogenated oils (ingredients are sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice and salt), labeled as made in a facility that processes soy. It looks suspiciously like the 1 lb jars of Sunbutter Natural, and I speculate that it's probably made by Sungold (makers of sunbutter). I'm going to ask Trader Joe's corporate if the product is peanut free like SunButter is...

I was thinking if it is just sunbutter natural labeled as Trader Joe's private label, that it would make getting the product easier for those of us who don't want to buy the stuff 4 lbs at a time.

I'll let everyone know what I hear.

------------------ Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TnA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (1 suspected milk allergy)

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On Feb 4, 2004

Solarflare,

I sure hope you're right. Love the Sunbutter! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Would be great to be able to buy essentially the same product at TJ's...

Keep us posted.

On Feb 5, 2004

Trader Joe's corporate says it's peanut and tree nut free.

On Feb 9, 2004

I sent an email to the makers of Sunbutter point blank asking them if they are making the sunbutter for Trader Joe's and labeling it as being Trader Joe's product. This is the response I got from them:

"Dear ____________, We are not able to disclose if we are making sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe's because we have signed an agreement with Trader Joe's that says we will not say we are making sunflower seed butter for them. I am sure you understand why I need to be so unclear."

Hmmmm......

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On Feb 9, 2004

I just bought that product at Trader Joe's...says it's peanut/tree nut free...but I'm still so scared to give it to my pa child! I tasted it myself -it's pretty good.

Anyone given it to their child yet???

Stacey

On Feb 9, 2004

Thanks for posting this Cheryl! I picked some up for myself. I haven't tried it yet as I want to wait until my son is at school. He is very allergic to sunflower seeds and I don't want to eat it around him. I am hoping it will be a product I can indulge in w/o him having any reactions if I clean up really well. Boy, that response from Sunbutter sure sounds like it is their product.

On Feb 15, 2004

Cheryl,

Great find! Bought some at TJ's and it's delicious!

So glad we have this option [i]locally[/i] now...

On Feb 16, 2004

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Originally posted by Mama S: [b]I sent an email to the makers of Sunbutter point blank asking them if they are making the sunbutter for Trader Joe's and labeling it as being Trader Joe's product. This is the response I got from them:

"Dear ____________, We are not able to disclose if we are making sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe's because we have signed an agreement with Trader Joe's that says we will not say we are making sunflower seed butter for them. I am sure you understand why I need to be so unclear."

Hmmmm......

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If they werent making it, why would they have any signed agreement with Trader Joes??? I think they answered that question!

On Feb 27, 2004

Do you mind sharing what part of the country you live in? I went to my local Trader Joe's to ask for the product and they said they don't sell anything like it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

They looked it up in the computer and then told me that if one store has it they all have it, which obviously isn't true if people here are buying it. I live in the Boston area. Thanks

On Feb 27, 2004

I also went to my local Trader Joe's and they didn't have any Sunbutter. She said she hadn't heard of it before. I live in the Cincinnati area.

On Feb 27, 2004

I bought it at a Trader Joes in Southern California. I think many of us who bought it at T.J.'s live on the West Coast.

On Mar 8, 2004

I haven't seen the sunbutter at my Trader Joe's in Orland Park, Illinois. I did buy my son the soy nut butter, though. It states that it is made in a peanut free facility. He has eaten it several times and loves it. Were there issues with another type of soybutter from Trader Joe's?

On Mar 8, 2004

I've found it in the stores in the SF Bay area and Orange County.

If you're asking for sunbutter, don't expect an answer. It's labelled as Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter.

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On Mar 8, 2004

I couldn't find the sunflower seed butter at the Trader Joes near me in the Boston area either. Probably should have asked about it while I was there. I've only been able to order it on-line so far.

On Mar 10, 2004

I just got my case of Sunbutter and they included a recipe book and in the back is a letter telling how Sunbutter came about. Here is what I found in it....

"A retail chain, Trader Joe's has introduced Sunbutter under their store label."

This is from the Vice President of Marketing, SunGold Foods Inc. directly.

On Mar 10, 2004

I actually called the people at Sunbutter (about 2 weeks ago) and they [b]DID[/b] tell me that they sell it to Trader Joe's and T.J.'s puts their own label on it!

So for anyone who thought that it WAS Sunbutter's product--it is!

On Apr 26, 2004

A friend found the "sunflower seed butter" at our Trader Joe's, too (Chicago area). It's great that it's the one with no hydrogenated oils - for about the same price I've paid for the original, by the case, direct from Sunbutter.com.

My only concern is why they don't say on the label that it is safe for peanut allergies/peanut-free (I can't remember the exact wording) as does Sunbutter. It seems like it would be a selling point. The only allergen statement is a "may contain soy".

I see one of the previous posts referred to contacting Trader Joe's corporate. Was there any sense of why they don't have peanut-free on their labels? There is no contact info. on the jar.

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On May 3, 2004

I shop at Trader Joe's and buy our soy butter there 3 jars at a time. We also get theit Mac and cheese(it is Annie's in their label, but the manager was "not supposed to tell me that"). I suspect the soy butter is actually IM healthy making it for Trader Joes, as the packaging and label colors are very similar.

We just ordered Sunbutter products for the first time and I would be thrilled to find it at Trader Joes, especially the natural, as it is so pricey, then the shipping...

None of there own brand products have contact info directly back to the source. You need to get the # for the area or corprate nutritionist for Trader Joes and they will check into it and call back. Unfortunately I always find out the things I check are not OK and the do not bear warnings. Except the soy butter, clearly labelled "does not contain peanuts."

Not sure if that helps anyone with Trader Joes stuff. becca

On Sep 13, 2004

Hi,

I buy the Sunbutter in Tucson, AZ at the Trader Joe's on Wilmot and Speedway. They said it is selling very fast.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

On Sep 13, 2004

Does Trader Joe's carry the smooth version of Sunbutter, or just the natural?

Also, has anyone found SunButter at the Trader Joe's in Framingham, MA?

Thanks, Debbie

On Sep 14, 2004

I am in Ma, and shop at the Trader Joe's in Acton. Frequently. I have net seen the sunbutter at that location, but I will look harder and put in a request next time I go there. Dh and I like it, and dd was sort of afraid to embrace it. It is very good, maybe we like it better than soy butter. becca

On Sep 14, 2004

Thank you for the post. I picked some up tonight.

On Sep 14, 2004

Trader Joe's in VA and NJ carries the soy-free version of sunbutter. It's smooth, but has some oil that settles on top. I mix the oil in. I haven't had any x-contamination reactions, so I'm trusting the Sunbutter people, despite my severe soy allergy.

ygg

On Oct 15, 2004

DEAR SOLARFLARE:

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On Nov 3, 2005

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Originally posted by e-mom: I actually called the people at Sunbutter (about 2 weeks ago) and they [b]DID[/b] tell me that they sell it to Trader Joe's and T.J.'s puts their own label on it!

Same here. In a conversation with the marketing director at Sunbutter, he stated to me that they sell their product to Trader Joe's who then puts their own Trader Joe private label on it. There is no mention on the label that the product is manufactured by "Sunbutter".

Here is what the label says:

The name of the product is [i]"Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter" [/i] There is a circled "U" next to the word "sunflower". Wondering what that indicates...

After a box of information called "Nutrition Facts" is this:

[i]"Ingredients: Sunflower seeds, evaporated cane juice, salt. Dist. & sold exclusively by Trader Joe's, Monrovia, ca 91016 Allergy Information: Made in a facility that processes soy. Please refrigerate after opening. " [/i]

Follow is additional information in a different typeface that states: [i]" Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter uses specifically selected toasted sunflower seeds that can be used as a spread for toast, muffins, bagels and other breakfast goodies. Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter contains no hydrogenated oils."

There's a stamped "sell by" date.

No where on this (Trader Joe's) label does it say "nut free" or "peanut free". I have purchased Sunbutter (from their website) also, but don't currently have a jar of it in my house to check. I believe Sunbutter's label actually stated that it is "peanut free".

On Nov 3, 2005

correct - there is no "peanut or nut free" on the label.

The container is exactly the same as Sunbutter...lid is even yellow!

I called TJs yesterday after I got home and they plan to relabel it as "peanut/tree nut free" like they starting doing with the soy butter (IM Healthy is the provider)

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

On Nov 3, 2005

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Originally posted by Gail W: [b] There is a circled "U" next to the word "sunflower". Wondering what that indicates... [/b]

The circled U indicates it's kosher: [url="http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2000-09-29/food_feature2.html"]http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2000-09-29/food_feature2.html[/url] [url="http://ask.yahoo.com/20011109.html"]http://ask.yahoo.com/20011109.html[/url]

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On Nov 17, 2005

Sunbutter is delicious! We eat it like crazy in our house!

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