October 2011/Prepared Foods -- A new, innovative and flavorful ingredient option for peanut-free products was recently given a 3rd-place award in Mintel’s IFT 2011 taste test, under the “flavor and ingredient predictions for 2011” category.  SunButter® sunflower seed spread, from Red River Commodities, received ample attention from companies interested in developing products using the spread. While other peanut butter replacements, such as almond or walnut, can be costly and often lack appeal for children, SunButter offers an innovative alternative to these more expensive options, while appealing to children’s tastes, the company says. Red River Commodities, www.SunButter.com pf