Our SunButter Story
A Passion For Sunflowers Is The Seed For Sunflower Butter
The Red River Valley, which stretches along the North Dakota and Minnesota border, has long been recognized as one of the world’s richest and most productive agricultural regions. In Fargo, North Dakota, centered in the birthplace of confection sunflower, our founders at Red River Commodities developed a passion and a wealth of experience working with sunflower seeds.
With an increase in peanut and tree nut allergies (the number of U.S. children with peanut allergies more than tripled from 1997 to 2008), over 50% of schools now place some sort of restriction on peanuts and peanut butter use. We wondered if our sunflower seeds could be a part of the solution for kids, parents, and schools. We imagined a delicious peanut butter alternative made from sunflower seeds, grown in the area. And we set out to make it.
The Making Of SunButter
We began working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop our SunButter Sunflower Butter. We initially expected it would be used as an ingredient in other food products. Soon, it became clear: We had a sunflower butter that would safely take the place of peanut butter for families and schools facing food allergies.
When we introduced SunButter in 2002, Governor John Hoeven declared, “Wow, SunButter tastes great and it is the future of North Dakota.” SunButter provided a solution – offering a delicious peanut butter substitute – for people with peanut and tree nut allergies. Our customers turn to this peanut and tree nut free sunflower spread for safe lunches, snacks and peanut and tree nut free recipes. SunButter is a healthy treat packed with more nutrition benefits than peanut butter and a delicious roasted sunflower seed taste that all kids love.
SunButter is produced in one continuous process from field to table that ensures a fresh roasted flavor, improved product consistency and a finished product that is now free from all of the top 8 food allergens.
Today SunButter is the leading peanut free choice for schools. You’ll find SunButter in schools and other institutions across the U.S. and Canada. SunButter is also the leading peanut free choice for families who may find it in retail and grocery stores and online – visit our consumer site for more information.
Part Of The Peanut Allergy Solution
At SunButter, we’re proud to be involved in the food allergy community, participating in awareness events, conferences, school programs and online forums. We offer resources for schools, teachers, nurses, parents, and students to keep kids safe at school. We also support allergy physicians, emergency food shelves, and others who are helping keep those with food allergies safe.