July 18, 2012

Picky Bars is Growing Up: New Production Partner

Well we finally did it Picky Eaters. Together we’ve spread the Picky Revolution so far and wide that we can no longer make enough bars in Jesse and Lauren’s home kitchen. Your little baby startup is finally taking off the training wheels. 
It’s a big day.

It all started with Lauren and Steph casually making individual batches for themselves and friends. 2 years later we've grown to a “factory” of 4–7 workers churning out 12,000+ bars a month—but still in a home kitchen.

We’ve been feeling the production limitations and growing demand since January. So, for the last 6 months we’ve been aggressively exploring how to produce more bars without sacrificing any quality—and we finally figured it out.

We are proud to introduce our newest business partners: Glenn and Liz Ward (aka the Bumble Bar family) in Spokane, Washington! These two started their business in 1995 with the highest commitment to making healthy real food via sustainable, ethical business practices (read Liz's Story). After numerous meetings and a visit to Spokane—where we toured their facility, perfected the bar making, and met their family—we were finally convinced that we had met the right people for the job.

  Glenn and Liz Ward, ladies and gentlemen! Delicious bars, silly faces, good people.

It really is freaking science, dude.

What does this mean?

1) The world's cries for Picky Bars in more stores can finally be answered
2) Our bars are now made in a facility that is dedicated gluten and dairy free—plus Kosher certified.
3) The majority of our bars are now made in Spokane, WA instead of Springfield, OR—but still by an American family business that pays its employees a living wage and contributes to the local community.
4) Allows us to use our new packaging! Booyah! No more freaking surveys. They're rolling out in a few weeks. 100% recycled paper + high moisture barrier lining = boomshakalaka.
5) Jesse, Lauren, and Steph can focus on being awesome pro athletes, instead of the minutiae of mass producing energy bars from a home kitchen.

This does not mean:

1) Any significant change to our recipe or nutritional benefits. There have been a few minor tweaks—higher % of organic ingredients, chocolate chips are mixed in rather than sitting on top (sweet surprises in yo mouth!)—but they're still 100% the Picky Bars you love.
2) Any change in ownership. The Bumble Family simply makes our bars—there’s no affiliation beyond that (other than a new like-minded friendship, of course).
3) A new mass-production process. Our bars are still made in relatively small batches in the exact same way but with slightly bigger and better equipment.

Just like our old Hobart back home, but a little bigger.

We want your feedback. We think these bars are finally up to our extremely "Picky" standard, but we want to know what you think. You love Picky Bars because they're different and better than other bars you've tried. We agree, and we're keeping them that way—athletically balanced real food with the same freaking amazing tastiness. Thank you so much for your support and please let us know your thoughts: MYFEEDBACK@PICKYBARS.COM.


Mark Mikel said:

Indiana! Find a store in Northern Indiana. Although I do feel a special surge of excitement when the ship comes via mail.


Erin Finn said:

Send bars to the Metro Detroit area!
Also, would it be possible for you to list the stores that will be selling?


Debby said:

Fantastic news! Looking forward to finding them in northern NJ!


Carlyn Morse said:

You are growing up so fast, PB! :) Please let us know how we can help get Picky Bars into Canada!


Dave said:

Great news all around! Good job! Buying them in your local store sounds nice however I think keeping them primarily available online is the way to go….more certainty of freshness for the consumer (not sitting on store shelves for weeks!) and less logistical hassle and overhead cost for you guys! Keep up the quality work…it is so much appreciated!!!


Kari said:

Congrats on your successes!!!
We are grateful for your ideas and commitment
and of course, these quality products!

Seniors with attitude ……


Andrea Hawkinson said:

Great news! Hope you can get some in Minneapolis.


Richard said:

Gotta love you, Lauren.


Bill Jones said:

YOU GUYS ROCK!!! I don’t care if you make them in the back of a 1968 VW Bus and ship them using carrier pigeons, as long as you keep them coming down here to Alabama I will be happy as a pig in mud. Love me some Picky!


Susan said:

Congrats! Hope to see Picky Bars in Chicago soon! By the way, love your dry-fit tee. Are they for sale? Would love to get my hands on one…or many for that matter!


Dawnetta said:

So excited to see your business grow. You guys are making great decisions and have a wonderful product. Congratulations!


Heather Eats Almond Butter said:

Great news. Love Bumble Bars…but not as much as Picky Bars. :)
Hope your bars can now find their way to Nashville area stores!

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