Kroger to Stock Shelves with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters

Select stores will carry Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter and Cashew Butter.  The nut butters are gluten-free, non-GMO and feature delicious, all-natural superfood ingredients.

NAPLES, FL – Betsy’s Best announced today that Kroger, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers, will soon carry two of their gourmet nut butters. The Cincinnati, Ohio, based grocer will stock Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter and Gourmet Cashew Butter in select locations across the United States. 

It was a passion for health—and a bit of desperation—that led President and CEO Betsy Opyt to develop Betsy’s Best. A registered dietitian, she couldn’t find an all-natural nut or seed butter that tasted great, and she wasn’t willing to sacrifice high quality ingredients for flavor. She also had a bigger problem on her hands—a daughter who wouldn’t eat peanut butter. That’s when Betsy took to her kitchen. 

“I’ve been putting a healthy twist on favorite recipes since college—my friends used to call me ‘Betsy Crocker’,” Opyt explains. “Peanut butter is an all-American staple, so school lunches and snacks were a challenge with my daughter. I started experimenting in the kitchen, combining superfoods like chia seeds and cinnamon with high quality ingredients including Himalayan pink salt and organic honey. My daughter and family loved what came out of my Vitamix® so much that I couldn’t make it fast enough!”

Betsy’s Best has no partially hydrogenated soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, or trans fats, and they are gluten free. What they do have is all-natural, non-GMO ingredients sourced from responsible, honest and healthy vendors, and a “craveability” factor thanks to their unique flavors and textures. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter features cinnamon, while the Cashew Butter uses cardamom for a savory taste.

In fact, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter was recently awarded the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award from the ChefsBest Center for Taste in San Francisco. According to ChefsBest’s Certified Master Tasters, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter’s rich texture and flavor surpassed the quality standards set at the beginning of the evaluation.

Opyt chose ingredients like cinnamon and cardamom not just for their delicious flavor, but because these superfood ingredients have amazing health benefits as well. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, which is helpful for diabetes, reduces LDL cholesterol and helps alleviate arthritis pain. It’s also a good source of fiber, calcium, iron and manganese. The Indian spice cardamom is one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. Related to ginger, cardamom combats nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation and much more. It also helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.

After working so diligently to create a product that is just as delicious as it is healthy, Opyt couldn’t be more excited about joining the Kroger family.

“Kroger was built by a man whose motto was ‘Be particular. Never sell anything you would not want yourself’,” says Opyt. “We feel the same way at Betsy’s Best which is why we’re excited for this retail partnership. Barney Kroger changed the way Americans buy groceries, and we’re honored to be affiliated with such an innovative and reputable grocer.”

About Kroger

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs nearly 400,000 associates who serve customers in 2,623 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 781 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,350 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and community organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.  

Let’s Go Kroger-ing with Betsy’s Best

Let’s Go Kroger-ing with Betsy’s Best

Growing up in a small Indiana town, I remember shopping at the local Kroger. My sister and I tagged along behind our mom as she did her weekly shopping, stopping to talk to all the neighbors and friends along the way. It was more than a grocery store; it was a social outing. I wonder what my 8-year-old self would think if I told her a product that she developed in her kitchen would one day grace those very same Kroger shelves? I’m sure she wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true! I am proud to announce that Kroger and Kroger affiliated stores coast to coast are the newest grocery chain to sell Betsy’s Best. Now my neighbors and friends can purchase a product developed by the little girl in pigtails who trailed her mom at their hometown Kroger.

Landing the Kroger account has literally put us on the map, making Betsy’s Best a national company overnight. In early spring, I walked into the Kroger corporate office in Cincinnati with my four gourmet nut and seed butters. At that point, Betsy’s Best was available in around 600 stores nationwide, but Kroger alone has over 1,700 stores and affiliates throughout the country. It was an important meeting, but it didn’t take long for me to realize it was love at first bite for the buyer. As he licked the spoon after trying each flavor, I recognized the smile on his face; I found another Betsy’s Best fan.

Not long after that meeting, we found out Kroger wanted to carry two of the Betsy’s Best products—the Gourmet Almond Butter and Cashew Butter. But it wasn’t until early October that Kroger told us they were going to put these Betsy’s Best products in 1,305 of their stores. The news was so astounding I literally cried tears of joy.

Except for my daughter, I have never been more proud of something I created. Although we’ve been working at this for over three years, the Betsy’s Best adventure is just beginning. We are thrilled you’re along for the ride. If you haven’t tried Betsy’s Best yet, hopefully you’ll be able to buy it at a grocery store near you soon!

Betsy’s Best can now be found in Albertsons, Baker’s, Bristol Farms, Caputo’s, City Markets, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Lowes Markets, Mariano’s, Marsh, Owen’s, Pay Less, Plum Market, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, Smith’s, Standard Market, Vons, and Whole Foods Florida. Go to www.betsysbest.com to find Betsy’s Best in a location near you. We are proud of all of our chains and smaller independent retailers!