Raisin Bran

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A bowl of raisin bran cereal

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries[1]) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg's Raisin Bran, General Mills' Total Raisin Bran and Post Cereals' Post Raisin Bran.


Skinner's Raisin Bran was the first raisin bran brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by the Skinner Manufacturing Company.[2]

The name "Raisin Bran" was at one time trademarked by Skinner, however in 1944 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found:

The name "Raisin-BRAN" could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: "A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effect be to cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product." [2]

Health effects

In 1991, Kellogg's complained that WIC program guidelines did not allow for the purchase of Kellogg's Raisin Bran for containing too much sugar.[3]

Kellogg's Sultana Bran received 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Australian Government's Health Star Rating System.[4]

Research suggests that eating commercially-produced raisin bran containing sugared raisins elevates dental acids to plaque-forming levels, while home-made raisin bran, created by adding un-sugared raisins to bran flakes, does not produce this effect.[5]



  1. ^ "What Is a Sultana?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. ^ a b Skinner v. Kellogg 143 F.2d 895. August 4, 1944.
  3. ^ "Kellogg Raisin' a Fuss; Cereal Maker Says WIC Food Guidelines Barring Bran as Too Sugary Are All Wet". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  4. ^ Han, Esther (20 April 2015). "Food health star ratings: Kellogg's reveals the cereal that gets 1.5 stars". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. ^ "Bran flakes with raisins and added sugar promote plaque acid". 19 December 2009.

External links

  • Post Raisin Bran Official website
  • Sultana Bran
  • All-Bran Sultana Bran
  • A quantitative analysis of Kellogg's Raisin Bran (Science Creative Quarterly)
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