Adam’s Peanut Butter.
Adam’s Peanut Butter was founded in in 1916 by a Tacoma Washington football coach who decided to start grinding up his own PB&Js. His slogan was “the freshest thing in town”. And his pride quality was that his peanut butter was so fresh customers could buy it warm off the shelf! Adams has come a long ways since then.
In 1979 it was transformed into Adam’s Food Inc. Over the next ten years the company expanded and started using more advanced machinery, larger factories, and head quarters spread across the US.
In 1998 the Adam’s Food Inc. was bought by the famous Smucker company, who still owns it today.
The Adams head quarters are located in Orville Ohio, though its branches reach across the US. The product is associated as a west coast brand and in nearly impossible to purchase in retail stores on the east.
Adam’s produces various types of peanut butter: Natural (Smooth and Crunchy), Organic (Smooth and Crunchy), and No Stir (Smooth and Crunchy). All peanuts’ qualities are ensured by the company, though their exact location is not provided.
From a nutritional stand point Adams peanut butter ranks well, though not in the top percentile. They do add less then 1% salt to their butters in order to add an extra flavor and increase the shelf life.
Adam’s No Stir brand also includes less than 2% palm oil. This keep the peanut and the natural oils from separating in the jar, and allows the consumer to eat without needing to stir. Adding extra oils increases the calories and fat content of the butter, though not extensively.
The majority of Adam’s peanut butter is packaged in glass jars. They come in various sizes from small to large. They have recently developed a plastic container for large bulk quantities.
The Adam’s company is very health oriented and believes in consuming peanut butter as a way of maintaining and promoting health. Their website profiles up and coming healthy events such as triathlons, yoga, races, swimming competitions, and other activities.
They also provide an extensive recipes page that allows consumers to easily access health peanut butter recipes and find new ideas!
Once Again Nut Butter
Once Again Nut Butter was founded as a worker cooperative in 1976. The company began manufacturing a few hundred pounds of peanut butter in a 800 foot basement annually. It expanded in 1981 when if bought an old silk factory and modern machinery. In 1992 they expanded again and purchased Dawes Hill Honey.
Today once again in located in Nunda New York and employees 1,300 local workers. It is 100% employee owned and has a very good reputation in Nunda. The company now produces millions of pounds of nut butter and honey a year in their modern 45,000 sq foot factory.
Their values are very local and consumer oriented;
” We pride ourselves on providing you, the health conscious consumer, with products of superior quality and reliability. We are also dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable farming practices. “
Once Again’s local motto is visible throughout their products. They begin with buying a majority of local peanuts. Their natural grown verity come from Virginia and North Carolina. While there organic are imported from Argentina, Mexico, and Texas. While their organic verity have a greater carbon emission due to transpiration Once Again supports local and sustainable farms across the world and is very influential in workers rights in both South America and New York.
Quality and certification is also an area of great attention for Once Again. They abide by all regulations implemented by federal departments and is certified organic by the USDA as well as many others such as; Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, Kosher Certified, Organic Crop Improvements Association, Safe Food Certified, Kid Kritics approved and gluten and GMO free. The company prides its organic certification, siting research that has proven organic crops to contain higher levels of minerals and vitamins, and well as being environmentally better. They believe that “It is our belief that our organic products are a healthier, tastier alternative to the conventional.” This extent of certification is rare among peanut butter brands, and demonstrates Once Again’s intense dedication to quality and consumer satisfaction.
Once Again was also very influential in developing the peanut growing standards in the US and was the first company to produce Organic Valencia Peanut Butter in 1989.
Beyond the farm Once Again’s peanuts are cared for in the most sustainable manners available. They are roasted using the more specific batch style, rather than continuous. (For more information on Roasting look at the This Page.) The heating ovens use oxygen rather than air in order to reduce the emission of NOx and the carbon footprint of production.
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Once Again’s peanut butter is made without any extra ingredients. No sugar, salt, or hydrogenated oils are added. This make Once Again’s peanut butter slightly heather then other brands: lower in calories, lower in sodium, lower in fat (both trans and saturated) and high in protein and vitamins.
Once Again’s pride in their environmental consciousness is well deserved. They go above and beyond the initiatives of most coma pies their size.
Once Again is a very community oriented company. The webist portrays this value in many ways. Being with their extensive profile of the Head Quarters city Nunda they provide information on the city’s resources and the company’s own history in developing the area.
They also have a Meet the Staff page. This is a wonderful resource that allows consumers to create a more personal relationship with the manufactures of their food. The Bios include people such as the President and General Manager Bob Gelser, the Quality and Assurance Manger Jake Rawleigh. Although general workers are not included here, it accomplishes the goal of creating a relationship between the consumer and the producer that many large scale companies are unable to do.
Glass packaging is used rather than plastic for all of their products because of it lower green house gas emissions and impact on the environment. Click here to link to more info.
They are members of the Genesee Watershed Association, which works to ensure the quality of New York’s water sheds as well as spread information to farmers.
Sustainable Honey Bee Project. Once Again purchases all of its honey from small scale honey farmers. They purchase their honey from farmers in Western New York and Nicaragua, where they have helped to create sustainable co-op farms.
The Jubilee House is a program that Once Again started in Nicaragua. It is a shelter for kids in need as well as a resource for information and training on farming. This House produces and sells a variety of crops, many of which Once Again purchases.
The Nicaraguan River Co-op is the farming co-op that Once Again started 12 years ago. There are now 11 participating co-ops each containing approximately 100 farms! These farms make a majority of the Tahini used in Once Again’s Tahini Butter.
Adam’s vs Once Again
It is difficult to compare such different companies and dercern which is superior in terms of such general topics as sustainability, quality, impact, and social envolvemnt. Both are very conscientious of their consumers needs and health, which should be top priority. Both companies have taken great steps toward making their impact on the earth as small as possible. And both companies are fully dedicated to ensuring the health of peanut butter eaters across the world.
That being said, it is clear that Once Again has taken greater steps towards developing the integrity and quality of their entire company. They were able to do so with such success because of their smaller size and location.
Through my technical examination of the Adams and Once Again I have realized that no matter the appearance of the product, choosing local companies with regionalized priorities and locally managed facilities is ecologically and socially better for the producer, consumer, and the environment.
So if you are confused by the hundreds of peanut butter brands that have been developed, the smiliest way choose the sustainable product is to simply identify its location.
The Closer the Better!