Don’t panic! There should be plenty of peanut butter to go around. No need to start hoarding and looting like it’s the zombie apocalypse.
Even though Smucker’s has recently told buyers that some less-popular peanut butter varieties will not be made until possibly as late as January 2012, the most popular varieties will remain available and in reasonable supply.
The reason for the action is the soaring price of peanuts compounded with a low-quality peanut crop this year. Even though this will obviously affect the amount of peanut butter (and other peanut products), it is not expected to be a full-out peanut butter shortage.
This year’s peanut crop suffered from a drought, which led to more peanuts being spoiled by the cancer-causing aflatoxin.
The effect and alternatives
Other major companies that produce peanut butter haven’t yet announced a reduction in the amount of product but are watching the situation.
So there may not be a total shortage, but prices will likely rise.
Nuts are good for you: they are a good source of protein and even can help maintain weight. Even if there is a slight shortage, there exist many other delicious alternatives: nutella, almond butter, cashew butter…nom.
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