You can spread a little love around the globe when you buy almond or peanut butter from Americano Foods.

The Phoenix-based business, which created Americano nut butters, recently said it would donate 100-percent of proceeds from its online sales throughout last month to relief work being done in Beirut, Lebanon. FirstBank , a privately held national bank, has promised to match the money raised throughout September.

Americano Foods co-owners Denise and Jeff Malkoon, who are third-generation Phoenicians of Lebanese descent, wanted to help people in Beirut as they were devastated watching the explosion at a warehouse in the Port of Beirut earlier this year and economic issues in the country. From late August through the end of September, all proceeds from online shop were sent directly to Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon, based in Beirut. The organization, an affiliate of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, was greatly impacted by the explosion.

Americano Foods makes and distributes nut butter products in many flavors including Cinnamon Honey Peanut, Choco Blanco and Classic Peanut. Its spreads are sold at AJ’s Fine Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market and Fry’s grocery stores around Arizona, as well as at the Uptown Farmers Market, which is open from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at North Phoenix Baptist Church at 5757 N. Central Ave.

Americano Foods also has worked with hunger relief agencies including St. Mary’s Food Bank. To learn more, visit


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