Raisin Bran

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A bowl of raisin bran cereal

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries[1]) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills' Total Raisin Bran and Post Cereals' Post Raisin Bran.

History[edit]

Skinner's Raisin Bran was the first raisin bran brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by the Skinner Manufacturing Company.[2]

The name "Raisin Bran" was at one time trademarked by Skinner, however in 1944 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found:

The name "Raisin-BRAN" could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: "A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effect be to cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product." [2]

Health effects[edit]

In 1991, Kellogg's complained that WIC program guidelines did not allow for the purchase of Kellogg's Raisin Bran for containing too much sugar.[3]

Kellogg's Sultana Bran received 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Australian Government's Health Star Rating System.[4]

Research suggests that eating commercially-produced raisin bran containing sugared raisins elevates dental acids to plaque-forming levels, while home-made raisin bran, created by adding un-sugared raisins to bran flakes, does not produce this effect.[5]

Manufacturers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Is a Sultana?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. ^ a b Skinner v. Kellogg 143 F.2d 895. August 4, 1944.
  3. ^ "Kellogg Raisin' a Fuss; Cereal Maker Says WIC Food Guidelines Barring Bran as Too Sugary Are All Wet". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  4. ^ Han, Esther (20 April 2015). "Food health star ratings: Kellogg's reveals the cereal that gets 1.5 stars". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ "Bran flakes with raisins and added sugar promote plaque acid". 19 December 2009.

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