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Behind the Scenes, Mass Producing Cricket Bars

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Behind the Scenes, Mass Producing Cricket Bars

A successful Kickstarter campaign? Check. A unique recipe? Check. What’s next? We need to find a reliable supplier of cricket flour and a bar manufacturer with enough production capacity, so that we can actually start making those bars. As expected, it didn’t go without a hitch.

The most sustainable cricket farm on the planet

After doing a lot of research, we chose a supplier of cricket flour from Thailand. We didn’t want to leave anything to chance so we traveled there to personally inspect the farm. We discussed our prospective farm with an eminent entomophagy (insect eating) scientist beforehand and found out that the farm was excellent at everything except feeding. After long discussions, the cricket farm decided to use a different kind of feed. Yes! We also contacted other cricket farms to have an acceptable back-up, just in case. When our first delivery arrived, we ran microbiological, bacteriological, and chemical lab tests. To our relief, everything seems perfect. Our cricket flour is sustainable, very nutritious and super safe!

Looking for bigger partners

Before Kickstarter, we had a deal with a producer of bars. It was a small-scale production and the bars were supposed to be hand-made. Unfortunately, soon after our campaign finished, the producer unexpectedly ended operations. We took it as a sign and started looking for bigger partners. We found three bar manufacturers that use sophisticated machinery instead of human hands that would allow us to improve quality and lower production costs. It turned out, our protein bar is very unique, and none of them have ever made anything like it. In the end, only one manufacturer was able to successfully make the bars in a way that met our standards of quality. The other candidates tried changing our recipe. No, thank you!

Never ending series of test runs

As expected, our new bar manufacturer allowed us to make changes. We had fresh new prototypes in our hand, yet again! The improvements to our protein bar were immediately visible. They are now firmer, have a better structure, and overall look like a higher quality product. On the other hand, the energy bars are a bit of a mess at the moment, too dense and tiny looking. We want to find a compromise between the previous and the new prototype. This means we have to run at least one more test production to settle on the right dimensions so that we can also finalize the design of the packaging and the boxes.
As it stands now, we hope that we will start selling in March of 2017.

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Delicious Proteins

I had the starter pack. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
But lets go through it piece by piece.
Crackers: The crackers of all flavours were very good and crunchy. Only I found them a little bit too salty.
Protein bars (pleasure cricket): They were just perfect, I loved them.
Protein bars (serious): They were very good as well, but could be a little bit sweeter (but than they might not be serious anymore^^)
The protein powder tasted very good. I think it was sweeter than my usually used one(Huel), and did't feel to feed me as good, but still very nice.
The pasta were quite similar to other lentilles pasta, not very special.
I haven't tried the baking powder so far, but looking forward to use it for pancakes or so.

Hi,

Product hasn't arrived yet but hopefully soon.

Thanks

Excellent flavor and consistency

Chose this for it's sustainable source, because cricket farming is the way of the future. Very happy about taste and consistency.

Schon das 3. mal gekauft

Mein Lieblingsproteinpulver!
Schmeckt sehr schokoladig und süß. Perfekt für nach dem Training 🏋️‍♀️
Ich benutze es auch für Proteincookies und Muffins.

My new favorite

Super delicious, great texture and compatible for the stomach.

Echt empfehlenswert, löst sich super auf, hat einen guten Geschmack, und ist sehr verträglich (in der Regel kriege ich Magenbeschwerden bei den Molke Erzeugnissen, deswegen wollte ich nach Alternativen schauen, bei dem Proteinpulver habe ich jedoch keine pobleme)