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Parkers Farm Peanut Butter Disappearing From MSP Store Shelves

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I know this is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. Still, I find it bothersome that Old Home seems to be crowding out Parkers Farm refrigerated peanut butter.

A few weeks ago I thanked the SLP store manager at Cub for keeping Parkers Farm available in the large container. She asked me if I’d tried the Old Home brand, and I confessed I hadn’t.

Well, now I have tasted Old Home peanut butter. I thought I’d better try it so as not to complain about a possibly superior product shoving Parkers Farm to the wayside. It is not superior. Old home has little peanut flavor. I think I will use it as a tahini substitute for hummus, which you can’t do with a really peanut-y flavored peanut butter, lest your hummus taste of peanuts, when it shouldn’t.

The large container has disappeared from Lunds and Byerly’s. In its place are large(r) containers of Old Home peanut butter. Boo, I say.

If, like me you are a fan of Parkers Farm, please remind store managers that you would like to keep seeing the product on their store’s shelves.

I am in no way affiliated with Parkers Farm. Just a fan of their creamy peanut butter. I’m not alone – see this blog post about Parkers Farm PB: http://www.deeptrouble.com/2009/10/17...

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  1. They'll sell what moves. Parker's Farm fans (I like it, too) need to buy it regularly or grocers will decide they don't need multiple facings of two brands of natural peanut butter.

    FWIW if Cub decides to drop the line, local coops should carry it. Here in St. Paul, Mississippi Market carries it. I'm guessing it's the "large" size, but I'm not sure how big Parker's sells the PB.

    1. We used Parker Farms regularly as well until it was taken off the shelf several years ago temporarily. We got out of the habit but perhaps we'll return to it again. I think I saw it at Costco the last time I was there as well, so that might be another source if Cub stops carrying it.

      1. I bought some a couple of weeks ago at Costco. It has been gone from Costco for a while until recently. Maybe this is why.

        1. Mary-you're not alone. I ran out recently and had to switch to Old Home b/c I can't get to the SLP Costco easily. Target even dropped the smaller Parkers container they were carrying.

          If anyone does locate a regular source besides Costco, I'll go there. I just can't drive all over town for it :(

          MayrMN

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          1. re: MayrMN

            I spoke with someone at Whole Foods about this a while ago when they ran out. They had no idea when they would get more in. I asked why and was told Parkers Farm distributor is kind of tough to work with.

          2. First it's Real Brand, now Parker's Farm? This is the kind of nonsense up with which I will not put!

            Haven't tried Old Home yet, so I can't say how it compares, but earlier this year I tried Good Life peanut butter (http://goodlifefoodinc.com/) from Seward Co-op, and it was *pretty* good. Maybe a little undersalted/bland...

            1. It's disappearing? I hope it doesn't!! I need that stuff in my 'fridge!!

              They stock it at my local Cub Foods (West Saint Paul), and have for YEARS. I just bought a tub of crunchy on Sunday. It was in the same 16 oz container, but had a pink lid for breast cancer awareness.

              1. The SLP Costco has tons of PFPB. I am just pissed off that they fill the case with peanut butter when they drop the Italian ricotta that I used to make the absolute best lasagna.

                Going into the holiday season I would rather have ricotta than peanut butter.

                1. I bought it yesterday at Mississippi Market. It looks like they have a good supply there.

                  1. Update 10/09/2013: Parker's Farm is back on Super Target shelves, at least at Knollwood. I tracked down a manager to thank them for bringing it back. Yay!

                    1. I see it at the Uptown Lunds fairly regularly. If it's there I buy it. Otherwise, we settle for Old Home.

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                      1. re: bob s

                        After the third listeria recall I don't think Parker Farm will be back.

                        1. re: Jimstone

                          Bummer.

                          1. re: Jimstone

                            Even if they _do_ come back, I won't. Their safety processes obviously need a great deal of improvement. They're not the only locals who make a natural peanut butter.

                            1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                              Any recommendations for a local alternative to Parker's? Nothing I've tried compares to theirs.

                              1. re: ecatu

                                I'm no peanut butter connoisseur; after the last Parker's problem I bought Once Again brand peanut butter off the shelf at Mississippi Market. OK but not cheap.

                                Usually I just buy Old Home's refrigerated PB. Good enough for me and no recent listeria outbreaks.