Frequently Asked Questions

Does your facility contain allergens?

Our facility is free of tree nuts, peanuts, crustacean shellfish, wheat, fish, dairy and eggs. As of January 2016 our facility is soy free as well. The company advises foodservice customers to read labels carefully. SunButter has always been free from seven of the top 8 food allergens including peanut and tree nuts, but only product with new packaging is free from the top eight. All SunButter products are clearly labeled for common food allergens.

Is SunButter gluten free?

Yes, SunButter is naturally gluten free. We do not use any gluten ingredients nor ingredients containing gluten/traces of gluten, nor do we have them in our facilities.

Does SunButter contain soy?

As of January 2016 our facility is soy free. The company advises foodservice customers to read labels carefully. SunButter has always been free from seven of the top 8 food allergens including peanut and tree nuts, but only product with new packaging is free from the top eight.  All SunButter products are clearly labeled for common food allergens. Please read about our roasting process

Is SunButter Non GMO?

All SunButter foodservice products are non GMO.

Does SunButter have to be refrigerated?

It’s up to you. Refrigerated SunButter stays fresh longer, but you can safely store at room temperature for ease of spreading.

What is the shelf life?

One year unopened from the date of manufacture.

Is SunButter healthier than peanut butter or nut butter?

SunButter’s peanut and tree nut free sunflower butter is naturally good for you. With nearly three pounds of shelled, roasted sunflower seeds in each jar, SunButter has 7 grams of protein per serving, and it has more vitamins and minerals than nut butter. SunButter provides 45% of the US recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E with no trans fat and less saturated fat than the leading brand of almond butter.

Do you have a low sugar SunButter?

SunButter is low in sugar and contains just 3 grams per serving.

What are mono-diglycerides?

This is a highly refined vegetable oil that helps prevent separation.

Is SunButter kosher?

Yes, we are certified Circle U Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Where do you get your sunflower seeds from?

Nearly all the sunflower seeds we use are grown in North Dakota. Some come from surrounding states, such as Minnesota and South Dakota.

Can I get SunButter from my Foodservice Distributor?

Yes, SunButter distributes via DOT Foods, so any foodservice distributor can access the product.

My School (camp, classroom, afterschool program) is Nut-Aware, can we serve SunButter?

Yes, SunButter is free of tree nuts, peanuts, crustacean shellfish, wheat, fish, dairy and eggs and is also Kosher. As of January 2016 our facility is soy free as well. The company advises foodservice customers to read labels carefully. SunButter has always been free from seven of the top 8 food allergens including peanut and tree nuts, but only product with new packaging is free from the top eight. All SunButter products are clearly labeled for common food allergens.

Can I bake with SunButter?

Absolutely. SunButter is a great substitute for peanut butter in baking. View our SunButter recipes to get ideas.  You may also download our free Foodservice Recipe Book.

Is there a SunButter recipe book available for Foodservice?

Yes! The SunButter Foodservice Recipe Book is available as a free download online. This recipe book is intended for use at school foodservice departments or for cafeteria use. Download the foodservice recipe book here. If you are looking for a SunButter Recipe Book to use at home, please download our free consumer recipe book.  At this time, the recipe books are only available as a free download online.

Why do my baked goods turn green when I use SunButter in place of peanut butter?

When substituting SunButter in your existing recipe, you may have to reduce the baking soda/powder by about 1/3. The chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the baking soda/powder when baked, causing the green color when the cookies cool. This is completely harmless! Depending on the recipe, a splash of lemon juice may help. You can also check out our tried and tested SunButter recipes.

Why is there oil on the top of my SunButter?

While our foodservice products are formulated to prevent separation, sometimes natural separation may occur and it may be necessary to stir the product to mix in the oil.

Do you have stickers for Foodservice to show that foods are peanut free?

Yes! We provide “Made with SunButter” stickers as a free resource to all our SunButter fans. Print these stickers on Avery 22817 Laser/Ink Jet Round Labels. Please be sure to select “Actual Size” when printing, not “Fit” (stickers may not line up with labels if this setting is not chosen). Download the stickers here.  The stickers are also available for purchase online at Soap.com or Amazon.com.

What resources do you have available for schools that are peanut aware?

The following SunButter Partners Have Great Resources for Teachers, Schools, and Parents. You may also encourage parents to visit the SunButter Parent Resources page.  We are happy to provide sample kits to school nurses with literature they can send home to parents.    

FARE – Back to School Online Headquarters

Click link above for resources for parents, teachers, school nurses and school administrators from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

FAACT’s For Schools Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) provides eduction and resources for school personnel.    

FAACT  – Planning for School A Parent’s Guide 
Click link above for great resources for parents from Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT)

Kids With Food Allergies – Keeping Students With Food Allergies Safe At School

Click link above for free resources for parents, schools, teachers and staff  from Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Snack Safely – Tools For Schools

Click link above for resources to help teachers, school nurses, principals or PTA groups implement a successful nut-free classroom policy

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