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Type Spread
Place of origin United States
Created by Sungold Foods
Main ingredients Sunflower seeds
Cookbook: SunButter  Media: SunButter

SunButter is a brand of sunflower seed butter made from sunflower seeds and promoted for use by people with nut allergies. It is an edible food paste similar to peanut butter, mainly used as a sandwich spread by people with peanut allergies and/or tree nut allergies. SunButter is manufactured by SunGold Foods, Inc. in Fargo, North Dakota.


Beginning in 2000, in cooperation with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, SunGold Foods’ parent company, Red River Commodities, began a two-year project to develop a substitute for peanut butter that would be made from sunflower seeds.[1]

At that same time, Red River Commodities invested in new sunflower seed hybrids and specialized production areas, formed SunGold Foods, Inc. and created a peanut-free and tree-nut free food processing, packaging, distribution and shipping environment at both company’s locations.[2]

The substitute for peanut butter, introduced in 2002, became known as SunButter.[1]

Health benefits[edit]

Sunflower seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, zinc and iron. SunButter is currently used as an added ingredient in a variety of foods, including energy bars from Enjoy Life Foods and EnerPro, granola, premade sandwiches and a no-peanut peanut sauce.[3]


SunButter is now available in a variety of flavors, and is found in grocery chains and health food stores. It is used in many institutional foodservice programs, including public and private schools and school districts that have become peanut-free and tree-nut free as part of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act (FAAMA), which calls for voluntary national guidelines to help schools manage students affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "USDA Agricultural Research Service". "News & Events: SunButter". 4 January 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Red River Commodities". "SunButter". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lima, Isabel and Harmeet Guraya" (November 2010). "USDA Agricultural Research Service" (PDF). "Sunflower Butter". Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "FAAN". "The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act". Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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