We love our Australian farmers, we love to visit and we really love their peanuts. Our farmers in Australia have had a pretty tough time of late, due to severe drought, which in turn has impacted our overall peanut supply.
With necessity being the mother of invention we scoured every corner of the globe to find a peanut just as delicious to fill in for a while and top up our peanut supply.
What we found isn’t just a replacement or a fill-in. We found some really special peanuts that complement our now famous Aussie ones.
It’s new peanut butter, and it all starts in...
Home of lions, pyramids and as it turns out; incredible peanuts.
In Zambia, peanuts have been grown as a staple crop for decades, mostly by women, and sold at the local markets.
As a result of using and reusing outdated seed- the crops typically produce a low yield making it impossible to invest in improved seed, irrigation, and fertilizer- continuing the cycle of small crops with small returns.
That was until Canon Garth came along, a family company specialising in brokering coffee and peanuts all over the world.
With a background in seed development and export - they recognised the social impact possible by working with these tiny growers; supplying world-class seeds, leasing them land, machinery and providing expert training, before purchasing the peanuts back from the farmers to export. Giving small holdings an international business, and us; really good peanuts!
So what does this mean?
It means that while Australia is having a shortage of peanuts you don’t have to experience a shortage of our peanut butter.
For the next while, you’ll have a bit of Zambian peanuts cuddled up with the Australian ones in your jar.
It’s nice, they get along well - as we all should.
You might not notice the taste difference as it’s still a Hi Oleic, the same variety as our Australian ones but if you do notice a difference; that’s fine, it’s a different peanut - one that brings us new characters in our story, and you a new peanut butter, one that’s just as spectacular and flavourful as before.
Pic has packed his bags and is heading off to meet the growers.