Sat Oct 27, 2012, 12:12 AM
Omaha Steve (58,204 posts)
Amid bumper crop, families could get PB&J break
By GREG SCHREIER
ATLANTA (AP) - Choosy moms and dads may be packing more PB&J in lunches this winter, when the cost of a jar of Jif or Skippy is expected to fall even as other grocery prices rise.
Peanut butter prices soared last year after a drought and high heat in the Southeast, where most peanuts are grown. This year, that region got a break while farmers in most of the rest of the United States suffered huge losses in the widest drought in decades.
Farmers are now expected to bring in two-thirds more peanuts than they did in 2011. That could mean a price drop at the grocery store.
"After last year's small crop, we saw peanut butter prices on average rise 30 percent or more," said Patrick Archer, president of the American Peanut Council. "With this year's excellent crop, the supply and demand should come back into balance and peanut butter prices should come back to a more normal level at the retail level."
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Peanut grower Armond Morris examines peanuts ready for harvest at his Irwinville, Ga., farm on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Morris, like most Georgia farmers, is expecting a banner year for peanuts. (AP Photo/Todd Stone)
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Sat Oct 27, 2012, 08:23 AM
TM99 (4,796 posts)
5. Terrific, but....
can we make sure it isn't all tainted with more salmonella?
After the PCA incident in 2009 and the most recent Sunland recalls, I have become hesitant to eat peanut butter. I always loved the stuff, but with chronic health problems, I am not willing to take the risk.