Hummus is Taking Over

American tobacco farmers are now trying to grow chickpeas to keepup with the increased demand for hummus. The Middle Eastern cuisine staplehas increased in popularity with American consumers as they seek more-healthful snack options.

To keep up with the popularity boom, Sabra, a company that produces hummus in the United States, is trying to extend its reach. Chickpeas grown inthe U.S. usually come from the Pacific Northwest. Sabra is hoping toincrease production by also growing the crop in the South, specifically Virginia, by asking tobacco farmers to try growing it. “We need toestablish the supply chain to meet our growing demand,” said Tulin Tuzel, Sabra’s chief technology officer in a statement to the Wall StreetJournal. “We want to reduce the risk of bad weather or concentration in one region. If possible, we also want to expand the growing seasons.”

Crops of chickpeas aren’t the only area of interest for Sabra in Virginia.They also recently opened an R&D Facility there and plan to expand theirmanufacturing facility, an $86 million investment. The investment islikely to pay off, as the sales of “refrigerated flavored spreads,” thegroup hummus belongs to; saw an increase of 11% from last year and 25%from the year before.

The increase in hummus sales are due in large part to people seeking a healthy alternative to other snack options. Seeing this, Sabra launchedits first national television campaign early this year. While havinghummus as a readily available option in most grocery stores is a goodthing, the increased demand is also driving up prices of both chickpeasand the spread made out of them and called for increased production, likethat of tobacco farmers in Virginia. It is expected that this year arecord number of chickpeas will be planted in the U.S.

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Kathleen R.
Kathleen R4 years ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago

Sounds good. Thanks.

mitchell dawes
mitchell dawes4 years ago


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Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Good alternatives to other snacks...
Thank you for sharing.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Brandi, for Sharing this!

Leena K.
Leena K4 years ago


heather g.
heather g4 years ago

One would think that the increase in production would drive prices down.....

The good news about this is that more people are turning to healthy foods - vegetable-based

Anne P.
Anne P4 years ago

Yum - love hummus, and it's so easy and much cheaper to make your own. In addition to chickpeas, I make hummus out of pinto beans, black beans, white beans or lentils, whatever I have on-hand. Each hummus uses different seasonings and has a unique flavor profile. Excellent for brown-bag lunches!

june t.
reft h4 years ago

love hummus