“Why, Sister?”

Because I want to remember the good times. When I could playfully pump my palms in the air and shout “peenabuddahjelly time” without taking out a payday loan and hating everything a corncob stands for anymore.

Peanut shortage sending peanut butter prices up

Consumers should be prepared to shell out a bit more for peanut butter soon.

Another hot, dry summer in key producing states and competition from more profitable crops like cotton have significantly shrunk the U.S. peanut crop this year. The tight supply means consumers will soon pay more for yet another grocery staple.

…The J.M. Smucker Co., which makes Jif peanut butter, plans to raise its wholesale prices 30 percent in November. Kraft Foods Co., which launched its Planters peanut butter in June, is raising prices 40 percent on Oct. 31. A spokesperson for ConAgra Foods Inc., which makes Peter Pan peanut butter, was not immediately available to comment but multiple media outlets report that the company plans to raise its prices as well.

…Like many farmers, Dawson found at the start of the planting season that he could make more money growing corn and cotton than peanuts. As a result, he and other U.S. growers cut back on planting peanuts.

A miserable drought and scorching temperatures followed in key peanut-producing states like Georgia and Texas. For some farmers this was the second hot summer in a row.

…But according to USDA estimates this week, farmers who had runner peanuts — the most common kind and the type used for peanut butter — could sell their crop for nearly $1,200 a ton, up from nearly $450 a ton last year.

You better Skippy on down and grab you some jars in a Jif. They’re gonna be like gold. Already at the commissary this afternoon, an elderly couple had the peenybutter blocked completely while they argued over whether Gramps had REALLY heard the price was going up or not. I snuck in behind her as she gestured and snagged four jars of Peter Pan while those arms were flappin’ at him. Got out unscathed, but I can’t speak for any of the souls in the line that was forming behind me.

They were still there when we got through in the aisle.

13 Responses to ““Why, Sister?””

  1. nightfly says:

    Mr Peanut is part of the one percent!!!eleven!! EAT THE RICH!

  2. Dr Alice says:

    Mr Peanut has a monocle! He’s as bad as the Monopoly guy! GET HIM!!
    I am the 99%! *froth*

  3. Yojimbo says:

    As if it wasn’t expensive enough already. It has increased about 33% here in the last year. No sales either.

  4. JeffS says:

    What, Major Dad didn’t save all of the peanut butter packages from his MREs over the years? Not even the cans of the stuff from the old C-rations?

  5. Ave says:

    I feel your pain – an 8oz jar over here costs $5 but we must have a little taste of Peanut Butter now and then.

  6. Gary from Jersey says:

    Try sunflower seed butter. Tastes just like it, you use less so it lasts longer. Doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but that’s the price you pay.

  7. major dad says:

    Come on Jeff, you know everyone always ate the peanut butter. BTW I loved C-rats, most of them anyway.

  8. JeffS says:

    Yeah, I know, those were one of the few items you could depend on in the MREs as being tasty. Like gold, they were. I thought maybe you saved a few for hurricanes.

    And, Lord, did I miss the C-rations! Except the ham and lima beans. Ugh!

  9. Yojimbo says:

    Soeaking of commissary, has either THS or MD heard any updates on the governments plan to abandon or modify the commissary model.

  10. JeffS says:

    BTW, Major Dad, if you’re looking to relive those halcyon days, you can order the requisite supplies here; scroll down for a bizarrely wide variety.

  11. Greg Newson says:

    No one eats peanut butter anymore.It’ s sushi and other weird sh#T.I liked Steve Jobs, he was a vegan
    who only ocassionally ate sushi fish.”Are ready for some football?”
    If you’ve got eight billion dollars, a vegetarian
    and die of pancretic cancer,
    I would maybe start eating double cheesburgers.Linda McCartney-vegan-died at 56,
    Dean Martin-does anyone remember- alcholic smoker died at 75.
    It’s going to happen,put on you’re swimming trunks,we are going to witness
    the collapse of an entire nation very soon.

  12. Gunslinger says:

    Peanut Butter, Salsa, and Port Wine and Cheddar Cheese spread on thinly are three excellent sources for snacking spreads while a small cut of extra sharp Provolone on a Wheat Thin makes for a good in between meal.

    BTW greg, sushi and especially Sashimi makes for an outstanding lunch.

  13. Winston Smith says:

    Beer is the best lunch gunslinger, you ponce.

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