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Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg's Raisin Bran; General Mills' Total Raisin Bran, a variant by General Mills called Raisin Nut Bran; and Kraft Foods' Post Raisin Bran.

Skinner's Raisin Bran was the first brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills, best known for the similar Uncle Sam Cereal. The name "Raisin Bran" was at one time trademarked, but widespread use of the term to refer to any bran-and-raisin cereal caused it to become genericized, so that it can no longer be subject to trademark protections.

Raisin bran is touted for its high dietary fiber content, but sometimes criticized for containing too much sugar. Raisins naturally contain high levels of fructose. In addition, to prevent clumping many manufacturers add sugar to the raisins; as of January 7, 2010, Kellogg's adds high-fructose corn syrup to its Raisin Bran cereal. Kellogg's Raisin Bran is now also produced in Mexico for sale in the United States.