About this project
What is nutpods?
nutpods is a deliciously wholesome dairy-free creamer made from heart-healthy almonds and MCT-rich coconuts. Naturally nutty and delicious, nutpods are packaged in convenient, easy to use creamer pods that require no refrigeration-they're perfect for on the go!
Is there a true market need for nutpods?
Absolutely! We believe there should be a natural, healthy option available for the discerning and informed non-dairy coffee creamer user. Unfortunately, there isn't a single product like this currently available in a portable format. nutpods does NOT contain the following:
-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
-Sodium Caseinate (a milk protein)
-Artificial flavors and colors
-Hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils
Who is nutpods created for?
nutpods was created for the non-dairy creamer user seeking a more natural, healthy alternative that does not contain soy and is perfect for on the go. This can include: Vegans, Vegetarians, those with milk/dairy allergies or lactose intolerance as well as those that choose to follow a dairy-free diet. So if you are tired or fed up with making or packing your own non-dairy milk creamers from home with a cold-pack (like many of us do), nutpods was created for YOU.
What makes nutpods unique and special?
With nutpods, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of a portable, convenient, easy-to-use coffee creamer singles pods without the highly processed ingredients found in other non-dairy creamer pods. Just almonds, coconuts and other ingredients you can find in nature. Thanks to an aseptic manufacturing process that makes nutpods shelf-stable, no refrigeration is required.
Another distinction of nutpods is that it's less sweet than the existing options on the market. This is deliberate on our part because everyone’s preference on the level of sweetness in their coffee/tea differs greatly, we wanted to leave the sweetness up to each individual person. With nutpods, YOU can decide how sweet you want your coffee or tea to be while not compromising on how creamy you like your coffee or tea. Sweetened flavors are French Vanilla and Hazelnut which are only lightly sweetened. Our Unsweetened flavors of Original and French Vanilla varieties both contain no sugar (or sugar substitutes).
Ok, nutpods is made from simple ingredients. But how does it TASTE?
We love the wholesome creaminess of almonds and the natural richness of coconut. Together, the two work in perfect harmony to create a subtly flavored creamer that will never overwhelm your coffee or tea. Throughout our many taste trials, we have experienced an overwhelming positive response to all of our nutpods flavors. We are so excited to introduce them to you!
In what stage of development is nutpods?
We’ve come this far by creating our recipes from scratch for all THREE nutpods flavors (Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut). The Original and French Vanilla flavors can be enjoyed in either sweetened or unsweetened varieties. In addition to creating a stellar product and having our pod unit designs completed for our initial three products, we also have all of our legal and business affairs in order and are eager to go into commercial production.
But I'm in another country. Will you be available outside the US?
As the dairy-free movement continues to spread like wildfire across the globe, we know it won’t be long until nutpods becomes the portable creamer of choice. With your help, we will first launch our company and products in the U.S. with the express goal to eventually sell to an international market in the near future.
Why do we need your support?
We’re launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring our much anticipated products to the commercial market. Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to release our first delectable flavor, Unsweetened Original. The money raised will go towards converting Madeline’s kitchen formula into a full-blown commercial formulation. Funds will also be used on packaging, production and distribution costs.
If we surpass our goal, we will use the extra funding to release the additional flavors of: Unsweetened or Sweetened French Vanilla, Sweetened Hazelnut or Sweetened Original.
With just need a little bit of help, we will soon be able to transform nutpods into a bona fide commercial production and make our wholesome and delicious creamy pods available to health-conscious coffee and tea lovers everywhere.
Thank you for your support in giving us the opportunity to bring what we believe, is a healthier and more wholesome option to the market!
Special thanks to: Jo Bechard, Kayla Schmah, Ryan Johnson, Paul Greive, George Bryant, Jennifer Chong and Anthony Tarascio .
How Kickstarter Works:
Pledge any amount you would like and choose one of the listed incentives as your reward. If the total pledges meet our $30,000 goal by November 6, 2013, the credit cards of our backers will be charged and we’ll receive the funds for production! If we don't meet our goal, your pledge money won’t be withdrawn from your account and no incentives are provided.
If we exceed $30,000 in pledge money, we’ll use the extra funds to release additional flavors as outlined above.
You can also increase your pledge once it’s been made. If you want to increase your pledge amount, simply sign in to Kickstarter and access our campaign page. The green “Back This Project” button on our page will have been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click this to enter a new amount.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
We sincerely appreciate your support and are taking all of the contributions seriously and will do our very best to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, here are a few questions that people have asked us:
Where are your ingredients listed?
On our website, www.nutpods.com you can click on the "PRODUCTS" page and click on the photo of each flavor (Original, French Vanilla and Hazelnut). Listed will be all the ingredients of our "kitchen" formula. While the commercial formula may change slightly since we are now sourcing retail ingredients that may or may not be available commercially in bulk, we will maintain our commitment to the high-quality ingredients in which we founded our company. That means, NO: soy, sodium caseinate, mono or di-glycerides, artificial flavors, colors, corn syrups or partially/hydrogenated oils or preservatives.
Wait. How do you make the pods shelf-stable and not require refrigeration without some kind of preservative?
Through our aseptic manufacturing procedure, our products go through a flash sterilization process for a very short period of time, destroying most microorganisms present including spores and cells. From there, the product is sealed and remains sterile throughout its intended shelf life or until opened. This is also why we don’t need preservatives in our products.
What's wrong with Soy? It's in all of the coffee shops and restaurants?
90-93% of soybeans in the United States are genetically modified. Research links genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to allergies, organ toxicity and other health issues. Soybeans also contain phyto-estrogens which mimic the effects of estrogen. To all of this, we say “No, thank you.”
Are your products Vegan?
Yes! We do not use any animal ingredients. In fact, we don’t even cheat by using sodium caseinate (a milk protein) which is commonly found in “non-dairy” products.
Are your products Parve, Gluten-Free, non-GMO verified?
We will be working towards getting the appropriate food certifications for our products but first need to launch commercially. Some of the certifications processes take multiple years in which to be certified (as in the case of Organic).
Carrageenan is in a lot of products. Is it in nutpods?
No, we specifically chose ingredients that are carrageenan-free. While this means a higher cost for us to source, as more and more studies are showing the detrimental health effects of carrageenan, this was another ingredient standard we insisted upon.
Ok. This is bugging me! Almonds and coconuts aren't NUTS!
Yes, you are correct, botanically speaking. Almonds and coconuts are classified as a drupe and not related to tree nuts or peanuts. However, welcome to the world of food manufacturing! The FDA classifies both almonds and coconuts as nuts and thus, require proper allergen warnings even though, botanically, they're drupes and not nuts.
Is nutpods going to really be $50 for a box of 20 as it is on the backer reward?
Not at all. The backer rewards are not at all indicative of the price of nutpods. Kickstarter is a platform for companies to engage in crowd-funding from supporter and like-minded individuals that are interested and want to support the businesses that are holding KS campaigns. The focus of the KS campaign to help companies like ours get a "kickstart" off the ground. In our case, it's to launch us into commercial production.
Therefore, the backer rewards are meant to be a nominal way to thank backers of various levels for their participation and support.
Risks and challenges
We've come a quite a ways in designing our products to reflect our company's core beliefs: SIMPLE INGREDIENTS, WHOLE FOOD, TOTAL WELLNESS FOR THE BODY and VALUING OUR EARTH'S RESOURCES. With that in mind, we face some conceivable (but solvable) challenges, such as:
1. Creating an aseptic commercial manufacturing formulation with adherence to only natural ingredients. This is critical to our corporate values and we are extremely confident with the flavor formulators and the aseptic manufacturers we have identified. We are committed to choosing the best commercial formula possible while maintaining the integrity of using only wholesome ingredients. In addition, we also strive in being Paleo/Omni-diet friendly!
2. Obtaining the proper FDA Food labelling/Food Certifications on time: There are a plethora of food certifications (Pareve/Parve, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Vegan etc) that we are pursuing and we are quickly learning about the entire process of being certified.
3. Our vision is to source a recyclable pod cup within the price point that is necessary in order to keep nutpods at a reasonable premium price to reflect our high-quality ingredients for consumers that choose healthier living through healthier options. However, we may have to release our products to market with the goal to find a recyclable pod cup within 5 years or sooner as we are committed to our eco-footprint on the Earth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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