National Peanut Butter Lovers Day ! ! !
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A Day For the Lover of Peanut Butter:
This is a day just for the peanut butter lover! How deliciously dandy! Now some history and other information!
A Brief History of Peanut Butter:
Origin of Peanut Butter: Peanut butter was first made by John Harvey Kellogg in 1895 for a method of providing protein for those who were older and needed nutrients through food where people were not able to chew meat. Peanut butter was first presented and sold publicly in the year 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand. In 1922, Joseph Rosefield invented the process of the consistency of peanut butter we know and love these days through the process of homogenization, and the process of being able to keep the peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. Joseph later sold that patent to the Peter Pan company, but then went into business for himself selling the Skippy brand of peanut butter through Rosefield Packing. The company supplied peanut butter as military rations during World War II.
The Process of Manufacture: Peanut butter is packed with protein and is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat. Peanut butter is made with two grinding steps, first to reduce the peanuts to a medium grind, then the second to a fine and smooth texture. To make chunky peanut butter larger peanut pieces are incorporated by varying grinding processes, or by removing one of the ribs from the grinder.
Very Nutritious Indeed: Peanut butter is a good source of nutrition and energy, fortified with vitamins E and B6, plus the minerals niacin, calcium, potassium and iron.
Statistics of Sales for Peanut Butter: Peanut butter sales are pretty high. Sales are in the billions per year. This leaves a great marketplace. Here are the statistics of yearly sales, based with the latest available information, in 2019:
|Dollar Sales of Nut Butter in the United States: 2019
|Type of Brand||Sales in Million of U.S. Dollars|
|All brands||$2,300.9 Million|
|Private brands||$450.9 Million|
Celebrated: March 1st every year! It was created on this day in order to celebrate a peanut butter commercial debut in the United States in the year 1990 that was promoted by both the Adult Peanut Butter Lovers Fan Club and the National Peanut Board.
A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .
- Creamy or Smooth
- Crunchy or Chunky
- Natural or Organic
- Chocolate Flavor
- Honey Flavored
- Peanut Butter with Jelly (Goober or equivalent)
- More. . ..
- Recently, approximately $700 million dollars in peanut butter sales (roughly 186 million) are sold in the grocery stores per year.
- It takes almost 850 peanuts to make an 18 oz jar of peanut butter.
- Chunky or creamy, the peanut board says the product is eaten in nearly 90 percent of American households.
- Americans eat approximately 700 million pounds of peanut butter per year
- Americans eat approximately 3 pounds of peanut butter per person per year.
- The U.S. doesn’t dominate the peanut butter market. China is the most dominant nation in terms of consumption and peanut production, making peanut butter butter at the top of that country’s worldwide scale. India is the runner up to China.
- More. . .
People all over the world, including the U.S. enjoy their peanut butter. You can have your peanut butter and eat your jelly or a nice PB&J sandwich, too!
Let’s give thanks and enjoy peanut butter or PB&J this great year, and in the years to come. . .
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National Peanut Butter Lovers Day