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The Perfect Pair – Probiotics & Nut Butter

There’s a lot more going on in today’s nut butter aisle than peanuts. You’ve got spreads made from sunflower and chia seeds and nuts like almonds and pistachios. The range of flavors and health benefits of these new products appeal to today’s adventurous consumer.  One company leading the way in nut butter innovation is Yumbutter.

From its packaging to its ingredients and transparent messaging, the Madison-Wisc.-based company stands out in just about every way. Launched in 2010, its unique Go-Anywhere™ Pouch comes in six varieties including Sunflower, Cashew and Almond, which contain additional ingredients like chia seeds and goji berries. The company’s most recent launch, Protein + Probiotic with BC30™ (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), is the first of its kind in the nut butter world.

The Perfect Probiotic for Protein

Protein + Probiotic blends creamy almond butter and sprouted brown rice protein to deliver 10 grams of protein and probiotics in just two tablespoons. For the probiotic, the company decided on BC30 because of its unique properties, says Matt D’Amour, co-founder. “BC30 is allergen free, available in Non-GMO Project Verified, and extremely shelf stable. Yumbutter has a shelf life of one year, and is made to be the ultimate travel companion. Thus, we needed a probiotic that would stay alive long enough to reach the guts of our fans.”

“Nut butter is a natural fit for probiotics, so it was a simple decision.”
- Matt D'Amour, Yumbutter co-founder

Benefit Driven

In addition to its digestive benefits, BC30 supports protein utilization in the body. “BC30 helps not only with digestive health, but with the utilization of protein as well—which made it great for our Protein + Probiotic potion,” D’Amour explains. “We also wanted to bring awareness to the importance of gut health, and make getting your probiotics easier and more fun,” he adds.

Formulation Success 

Before a product can make it to the shelf, though, successful formulation must be achieved. The BC30 team prides itself on how closely it works with partners during this process. Formulating with BC30 was, “easy breezy!” according to D’Amour. “Nut butter is a natural fit for probiotics, so it was a simple decision. In addition, the team made testing easy by giving us plenty of samples to formulate with and then allowing us to send test batches to their lab.”


Protein + Probiotic has become the company’s best seller at Target. “It also tends to be a favorite of some of the athletes we sponsor, and is a hit at vegan festivals,” D’Amour reports. With Mintel predicting sales in the nut-based spreads and sweet spreads category increasing 65% from 2013-18 to reach sales of $6.5 billion in 2018, Yumbutter is well poised for continued growth and success.


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