Jif is America’s most popular peanut butter brand. Millions of Americans regularly eat Jif peanut butter as a part of their day-to-day lives. But who manufactures Jif peanut butter? And where is it all made? Well, that’s what I’ll be finding out in this article.
Who Makes Jif Peanut Butter?
Jif is owned by The J.M. Smucker Company. The J.M. Smucker Company purchased the Jif brand from Procter & Gamble in 2002. As mentioned in the intro of this article, Jif is America’s most popular peanut butter brand. It is sold by most major stores all across the US.
Not only is Jif peanut butter owned by J.M. Smucker, but the company is also responsible for Jif’s manufacturing.
The J.M. Smucker Company owns a handful of well-known brands such as Santa Cruz Organic, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Dickinson’s. It is a very well-established business that seems to constantly be expanding.
Where is Jif Peanut Butter Made?
Usually, finding out where a company manufactures its products tends to be a bit of a challenge. However, this is not the case for Jif. According to the company’s FAQ page on its official website, all of its products are produced at its manufacturing facilities in North America.
According to Snack History, the company manufactures its peanut butter at a facility in Lexington, Kentucky. Jif does also operate in a factory in Memphis, Tennessee, but the production here seems to be very small in comparison to its Kentucky based plant.
People often wonder where Jif gets its peanuts from. Well, according to multiple sources, Jif’s peanuts are all sourced within the USA. One source states that Jif’s peanuts come from family-owned farms that are associated with the American Peanut Council.
According to the same source above, Jif’s peanuts come from farms in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida. While I couldn’t find this information on the Jif company website, a handful of other sources back up the claim that Jif’s peanuts are sourced mostly within the US.
History of Jif Peanut Butter
The Jif brand was founded in 1958. According to Jif’s official website, its name was chosen because it is easy to spell, say, and remember. Jif’s clever marketing was one of the things that helped to propel the company ahead of its competition.
While the brand was very well marketed, its main selling point is the taste. Jif peanut butter is made with only a handful of ingredients. Jif peanut butter contains 90% peanuts, making it one of the peanut butter brands with the largest percentage of peanuts.
As mentioned, the company was owned by Procter & Gamble up until 2002 when it was purchased by The J.M Smucker Company. According to the website Statista, a survey found that 33.56 million Americans went through more than 1 jar of Jif peanut butter in just a single month.