Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico after bankruptcy dispute


SLM
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Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico after bankruptcy dispute

By Jeri Clausing, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press 20 hours ago






By Jeri Clausing, The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.
Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.
"We considered all options," Coll said. "They didn't agree."
MelindaJoy Pattison, executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, on Friday called the dumping of the peanut butter "horrendous." She said as long as there was nothing wrong with the peanut butter, her operation would have found a way to store it, remove the labels and distribute it to the people who depend on the food bank.
"Those trucks carrying it to the dump went right by the front door of my food bank," she said. "It wasn't like it would have been out of the way."
Pattison said peanut butter is a major source of protein and a staple for hungry people. Her food bank places single-serve peanut butter cups in packages it gives to children whose parents rely on its services.
"For it to just be deliberately thrown away is disappointing," she said.
Costco officials did not return telephone calls seeking comment. But court filings indicate the product was made with $2.8 million worth of Valencia peanuts owned by Costco and had been sitting in the warehouse since the company shut down and filed for bankruptcy last fall.
After extensive testing, Costco agreed to a court order authorizing the trustee to sell it the peanut butter. But after getting eight loads, Costco rejected it as "not merchantable" because of leaky peanut oil.
Coll said "all parties agreed there's nothing wrong with the peanut butter from a health and safety issue," but court records show that on a March 19 conference call Costco said "it would not agree to any disposition ... other than destruction."
So instead of selling or donating the peanut butter, with a value estimated at $2.6 million, the estate paid about $60,000 to haul the 950,000 jars of nut butter or about 25 tons to the Curry County landfill in Clovis, where public works director Clint Bunch says it "will go in with our regular waste and covered with dirt."
The last of 58 truckloads was expected Friday, the same day Golden Boy Foods of Canada was to close on its $26 million purchase of the plant.
Sunland made peanut butter under a number of different labels for retailers like Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe's, along with products under its own name. But the plant was shut down in September 2012 after its products were linked to 41 salmonella cases in 20 states.
It later reopened for about five months, but shut down last October after the company's Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.
Sunland processed Valencia peanuts, a sweet variety of peanut unique to the region and preferred for natural butters because it is flavourful without additives.
Sonya Warwick, spokeswoman for New Mexico's largest food bank, declined to comment directly on the situation, but she noted that rescued food accounted for 74 per cent of what Roadrunner Food Bank distributed across New Mexico last year.
"Our fleet picks up rescued food from hundreds of locations weekly and brings it back to the food bank," she said. "Before distributing it, volunteers help label, sort or repack it for distribution to partner agencies across the state.
"Access to rescued food allows us to provide a more well-rounded and balanced meal to New Mexicans experiencing hunger."


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Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.


Absolutely disgusting and a completely unnecessary waste of food. Costco Wholesale has some explaining to do.
 
lone wolf
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Bearly heaven!

Now the price of peanut butter's gonna skyrocket. Have you see the sticker on Kraft Crunchy lately?
 
BaalsTears
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I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I suspect this matter was simply a case of risk management by Costco. The product in question was processed by a defunct supplier, Sunland, which had a prior history of a recent salmonella outbreak associated with this product. No one can guarantee that there would not be claims associated with consumption of the product. Thus, there is some unquantifiable potential for liablility reaching back to Costco. Since free distribution of the product entails no profit potential the risk is too great from a cost/benefit standpoint.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I suspect this matter was simply a case of risk management by Costco. The product in question was processed by a defunct supplier, Sunland, which had a prior history of a recent salmonella outbreak associated with this product. No one can guarantee that there would not be claims associated with consumption of the product. Thus, there is some unquantifiable potential for liablility reaching back to Costco. Since free distribution of the product entails no profit potential the risk is too great from a cost/benefit standpoint.

I would agree. Grocery companies never take a chance of stuff like that. The liability is tremendous.
 
Liberalman
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They should have dropped it at the race track the spread would be better
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Bearly heaven!

Now the price of peanut butter's gonna skyrocket. Have you see the sticker on Kraft Crunchy lately?


Couple-three years ago "they" said PB prices were going to go up........and they did. We just stopped buying it.
A year or so later the price went back down.
Now it's up again??
Dunno, ain't bought any since the first peak. Used to love her, but it's all over now.
 
Sal
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I am the only person I know who hates it, love peanuts but not the butter so I tried almond butter, hate it, nutella, hate it,... must be the texture...wish I liked it, it's a good healthy protein alternative but I can't choke it down, Closest I came to being semi okay with it was the health food store peanut butter where you could grind it yourself...
 
Nuggler
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I am the only person I know who hates it, love peanuts but not the butter so I tried almond butter, hate it, nutella, hate it,... must be the texture...wish I liked it, it's a good healthy protein alternative but I can't choke it down, Closest I came to being semi okay with it was the health food store peanut butter where you could grind it yourself...


My wife hates it.......all that stuff that you mentioned.

Jack Spratt could eat no fat..........and etc.
 
SLM
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I love peanut butter. On toast. Topped with bananas.

Or in the middle of chocolate bars.

There's just no wrong way really.

Mmmmm.
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Couple-three years ago "they" said PB prices were going to go up........and they did. We just stopped buying it.A year or so later the price went back down.Now it's up again??...

Food pricing is a racket-look @ the recent pack of lies and thievery with the price of Limes for example.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

My wife hates it.......all that stuff that you mentioned.

Jack Spratt could eat no fat..........and etc.

good to know there's another in Canada besides me
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I am the only person I know who hates it, love peanuts but not the butter so I tried almond butter, hate it, nutella, hate it,... must be the texture...wish I liked it, it's a good healthy protein alternative but I can't choke it down, Closest I came to being semi okay with it was the health food store peanut butter where you could grind it yourself...

Me too. In cookies OK Same with Nutella.
 
damngrumpy
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Remember no deed goes unpunished and if there was something wrong Costco would be
in court like anyone else. America want a litigant society and now they pay the price
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Me too. In cookies OK Same with Nutella.

cookies, mmmm if I am desperate and they are all that is around and they are homemade ...I'm okay with a blob of it in a smoothie but I prefer to use the real nuts rather than the butter
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I am the only person I know who hates it, love peanuts but not the butter so I tried almond butter, hate it, nutella, hate it,... must be the texture...wish I liked it, it's a good healthy protein alternative but I can't choke it down, Closest I came to being semi okay with it was the health food store peanut butter where you could grind it yourself...

I love peanut butter cups, and I also love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Lip-smacking goodness!

As far as the peanut butter containers in the story, I would imagine that some people are going to sneak down there and try to dig out a whole bunch of containers of it. As far as I can tell by the story, the jars are still intact, just buried underneath the dirt.
 
spaminator
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

I love peanut butter cups, and I also love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Lip-smacking goodness!

As far as the peanut butter containers in the story, I would imagine that some people are going to sneak down there and try to dig out a whole bunch of containers of it. As far as I can tell by the story, the jars are still intact, just buried underneath the dirt.

you forgot peanut butter eggs, peanut butter chocolate bars, peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter yogurt, peanut butter cookies, etc.
 
SLM
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100 Things to Do With Peanut Butter

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

100 Things to Do With Peanut Butter

Caribbean Peanut Punch Recipe

Makes approximately 2 cups
Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
Directions

Place first 3 ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
Peanut Butter Cup Martini Recipe

Makes 2-3 martinis

Ingredients

  • 3 Ounces of Peanut Butter Punch
  • 1 Ounce White Rum
  • Chocolate Syrup
Directions

In an ice filled shaker, add the peanut butter punch and white rum.
Shake vigorously.
Add stripes of chocolate syrup to the inside walls of a martini glass.
Pour contents of shaker into glasses and serve.


Just for starters.....
 
spaminator
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

100 Things to Do With Peanut Butter



Caribbean Peanut Punch Recipe

Makes approximately 2 cups
Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
Directions

Place first 3 ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
Peanut Butter Cup Martini Recipe

Makes 2-3 martinis

Ingredients

  • 3 Ounces of Peanut Butter Punch
  • 1 Ounce White Rum
  • Chocolate Syrup
Directions

In an ice filled shaker, add the peanut butter punch and white rum.
Shake vigorously.
Add stripes of chocolate syrup to the inside walls of a martini glass.
Pour contents of shaker into glasses and serve.


Just for starters.....

 
SLM
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

Uh, think I'd go 'home made' on that one, lol.
 
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