FAQ

  • We have experienced a surge in the cost of peanuts which has been caused by a combination of independent factors, primarily as a result of poor harvests in Argentina, but subsequently compounded by the fact that our peanuts bought in dollars thus are subject to exchange rates caused by the current political climate, initiated by Brexit.

    As a company, legally, we have no control over the prices that Sainsbury’s set for our products, we set a recommended retail price which is exactly that, just a recommendation. Our current situation is sadly  that we do not have a choice but to pass on our increased costs to retailers so that we can keep producing nut butters which are 100% nuts, with no palm oil, and with no additional ingredients.

  • At Meridian we are proud that we don’t use palm oil or stabilisers to emulsify our products, and it’s because of this, that the oil from the nuts separates in our products.

    Coconut oil is white when solid,  but when it’s warm the oil layer on the top of the product may appear cloudy due to separated coconut oil, when it’s cold it can separate completely and solidify to form little white dots or beads on the nut butter surface.  What it looks like depends on the external temperature.  Please be assured this is normal and completely safe.

    If it can be left somewhere warm you will see that it can be successfully mixed back in. 

  • No. All of our nut butters are free-from trans fats and do not contain palm oil. Our nuts are air dry roasted and do not required addition of any oil.

  • No. We can proudly say that we do not use Palm Oil in any of our products.

  • This is due to the natural oil contents of the nuts and seeds which varies depending on growing and weather conditions. As a totally natural product, you can also experience higher or lower oil separation due to storage conditions.

    Top tip: Try storing the nut and seed butter upside down carefully or add a little bit of sunflower oil to obtain the desired consistency.

  • In cold weather our coconut range of nut butters sometimes forms a solid “white / yellowy” layer on top of the butter which is oil released from the nut and from the coconut. The fats released by the coconut naturally solidify below 24 degrees. This change in consistency does not affect the nutrients or organoleptic properties of the product. The top layer will melt above the 24 degrees.

    Top tip: If you are having trouble mixing in the oil, try gradually warming it up a little.

  • Yes. Our nut butter factory handles a variety of nuts including peanut this is why our labels include the statement “not suitable for peanut, other nuts or sesame allergy sufferers” or “Packed on the same line as Nuts & Sesame”.

  • We can confirm that our products are naturally gluten free but please, always look for the allergens highlighted in bold in the ingredients list for security.

  • Molasses are an excellent source of a number of minerals. On our labels, we have chosen to highlight four of the minerals that are present in significant quantities in our molasses on our labels. However, other minerals are also present such as copper, magnesium, etc.

  • Our Nut butters are labelled using information taken from a number of sources including McCance and Widdowson, The Composition of Foods, data from our suppliers and samples analysed by accredited laboratories. All are recognised and approved source of information for food labelling. Based on those values, we also make corrections for water loss on roasting which explains the differences you can see on other roasted nuts.

  • Meridian products are not Kosher certified. Due the diversity of the range, different lines are produced at different manufacturing sites meaning that some products in the range are suitable for inclusion in a Kosher diet such as our nut and seed butters.