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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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Echt lekker

Het mengt niet zo gemakkelijk maar het smaakt heerlijk. Momenteel mijn beste shake.

Fenomenal flavours!

The bars are packed with flavours. Not too sweet at all. Most bars in the supermarket are way too sweet. Sens bars are just right, chocolaty, fruity and nutty. Couldn't taste the bugs at all, or maybe I did, but since I dont know how they taste, I couldn't tell.

Výživná mňamka do batohu

Úžasně výživná, chutná a zdravá proteinová tyčinka <3 Nemohu než doporučovat, je to zdravé, lehké, chutné a zároveň výživné! Doporučuji všemi deseti nejen pro nutriční a kalorické hodnoty tyčinky, ale také pro jejich perfektní a vyváženou chuť. Navíc svou gramáží zasytí a zaženou menší hlad! Super alternativa svačiny, pokud není čas na něco většího.

Výživná mňamka do batohu

Úžasně výživná, chutná a zdravá proteinová tyčinka <3 Nemohu než doporučovat, je to zdravé, lehké, chutné a zároveň výživné! Doporučuji všemi deseti nejen pro nutriční a kalorické hodnoty tyčinky, ale také pro jejich perfektní a vyváženou chuť. Navíc svou gramáží zasytí a zaženou menší hlad! Super alternativa svačiny, pokud není čas na něco většího.

Zdravé potěšení do kapsy

Úžasné spojení ovocno-oříškové raw tyčinky a proteinovky <3 Nemohu než doporučovat, je to zdravé, lehké, chutné a zároveň výživné! Doporučuji všemi deseti nejen pro nutriční a kalorické hodnoty tyčinky, ale také pro jejich perfektní, osvěžující a vyváženou chuť.