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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 18 2013 1:42 PM UTC +00:00
$7,246
pledged of $54,000pledged of $54,000 goal
93
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 18 2013 1:42 PM UTC +00:00

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About the Bearded Brothers
Bearded Brothers is a wholesome snackfood company based out of hot and sunny Austin, TX. We currently make delicious raw, vegan, gluten & soy free snack bars, made with organic ingredients. We are looking to expand our line of portable snacks to include seasoned/sprouted nuts and seeds. This has been a long time coming since we launched our first Kickstarter project 2.5 years ago.

Bearded Brothers, Chris & Caleb
Bearded Brothers, Chris & Caleb

We strive to produce high-quality nutritionally dense snacks. Our seasoned nuts and seeds will include the use of soaked and/or sprouted seeds and nuts. This is because sprouted/soaked seeds deactivate the enzyme inhibitor that most nuts and seeds contain creating a more easily digested snack leaving you with more energy for other activities.

To find out more about us, check out our website: www.beardedbros.com

Bearded Brothers family trip to Enchanted Rock with friends.
Bearded Brothers family trip to Enchanted Rock with friends.

We really are a family owned business that needs your help to make this new project succeed. We won't be able to do it without your help. We are seeking to launch this without outside investors so we can keep our operation family owned. There isn't a money tree behind our operation, so please join us in our mission of bringing healthy portable snacks to the marketplace, we want traveling healthy to be easier for everybody.

What the funds will be used for....- Over 4,000 lbs of nuts, seeds, fruits and seasoning (to get the best pricing we have to purchase in bulk)- Compostable packaging, a majority of the funds will go here due to the large minimum runs required by our supplier- Recycled product cases for shelf displays and shipping- Lab testing for these new products (to determine shelf life)

$54K is a huge goal, but with your help we can reach it. Launching a product to nearly 300 locations at once will be a challenge, but the funds from this project will help make it possible. Our wholesome snacks will extend beyond just bars to include healthy nuts, seeds, and a trail mix.

Why should I support this project
- Promotes sustainability through the use of organic ingredients, compostable packaging
- All our products are Non-Gmo
- The world needs more healthy, portable, organic snacks
- Our goal is to get more healthy options into grocery stores, convenient stores, and coffee shops: making traveling healthy & easy for all
- New jobs will be created for the Austin community
- Our seasoned nuts and seeds are not only an excellent snack, but great as a salad topping
- The product is raw, vegan, gluten & soy free, paleo friendly, and made from organic ingredients. Some of the products will be nut free as well!

Cheesy garlic. Soon to be the newest member of the Bearded Brothers product line.
Cheesy garlic. Soon to be the newest member of the Bearded Brothers product line.

Project Timeline Our goal is to launch the new products at Expo West, the nation's largest natural products expo in March of 2014. We plan on launching two or three flavors of seasoned nuts and/or seeds along with an individual and family sized trail mix. So far we have only decided on one flavor, Cheesy Garlic, and are experimenting with new flavors every week, some sweet, some savory, and some even blend the two. The flavors we launch will be unlike anything else on the market. We will announce the other flavors by the end of the project.

More about the brothers The question we get asked most often is, “are you guys really brothers.” Well, we sort of are. Chris and Caleb are brothers-in-law. Both are active individuals that love the outdoors and created Bearded Brothers out of the desire for truly healthy, portable snacks. Chris is a world traveler and an avid disc golfer, and Caleb is an ultrarunner, rock climber, and also enjoys cycling. Our mission is to provide high quality, portable snacks that provide an abundant source of nutritious energy, while using organic ingredients, promoting sustainability and teaching others about health and wellness.

Current Distribution With nearly 300 retail locations including Whole Foods (Southwest Region), HEB, Whole Earth Provisions, Mom's Organic Market, Mothers Organic Market, Natural Grocers (Southwest Region), bike shops, running stores, and coffee shops, launching our new product on this scale will be challenging. This is why we need your help. We hope to push out our new product to all of our existing locations, which makes scaling on this level a fun and exciting challenge.

Previous Backers
Those of you that backed us on our first project may remember we originally intended to launch seasoned nuts from the very start. But what we didn’t know is making snack bars alone was extremely difficult and more time consuming than we ever imagined. Those that backed our first project and did not elect to receive bars in place of the seasoned nuts will be receiving a bag of seasoned nuts or seeds, regardless of whether or not you support us this time around.

Chile lime (one of our experimental flavors)
Chile lime (one of our experimental flavors)

 
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Bearded Brothers T-Shirt
Bearded Brothers T-Shirt

Risks and challenges

Launching a new product line isn't easy, but having over two years of production experience under our belts now we have a good grasp at how the industry operates. Our biggest obstacle will be raising the $54K needed to launch our product in 300 retail locations. We might also find we don't have enough staff to produce the new product, but the result will be new jobs created! A huge win for the Austin community.

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    Mr. Big Beard: Play a round of Disc Golf with Chris, plus 1 custom Bearded Brothers dyed disc golf disc by Wondernut Dyes, 1 Family sized trail mix, 2 packages of seasoned nuts or seeds, a 4 pack of bars. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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    The Mountain Beard: Go rock climbing or on a run with Caleb, plus a Bearded Brother’s hat, 1 family sized trail mix, 2 packages of seasoned nuts or seeds, a 4 pack of bars. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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    The Dreaded Beard: 6 pack of seasoned nuts, 6 pack of seasoned seeds, 1 case of snack bars, 4 family sized trail mix, a Bearded Brothers hat, t-shirt and canvas bag.

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    The Grizzly Adams: A one night stay in Austin (Holiday Inn, travel expenses not included), personal tour of our kitchen, 2 family sized trail mix, 2 packages of seasoned nuts, 2 packages of seeds, 6 snack bars, a Bearded Brother t-shirt, and hat.

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    The Santa Claus: 6 pack of seasoned nuts, 6 pack of seasoned seeds, 1 case of snack bars, 2 family sized trail mixes, a Bearded Brothers t-shirt, and canvas bag. ALSO, this exact same package sent as a giftbox from you to the friend of your choice!

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    The Moses: Tour of our kitchen, 12 pack of seasoned nuts, 12 pack of seasoned seeds, 6 pack family sized trail mix, 2 cases of bars, a Bearded Brother’s hat, t-shirt and canvas bag. (Travel and accommodations not included)

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    The Duck Dynasty: 1 hour Skype Call to meet the brothers and 1 custom flavor of snack bars (1 case), 3 monthly Bearded Brother’s gift packs, each including: 8 pack of seasoned nuts, 8 pack of seasoned seeds, 1 case of bars, 2 family sized trail mixes, and a t-shirt.

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    The Brother from Another Mother: Help us come up with names and a short blurb for the new products, Dinner with the Bearded Brothers plus up to 4 guests of your choice, 1 hour Skype Call to meet the brothers and 1 custom flavor of snack bars (1 case), Disc Golf with Chris, Rock Climbing or running with Caleb, Tour of our kitchen, 2 t-shirts, a Bearded Brothers tote bag and hat, 6 monthly gift packs, each including: 6 pack of seasoned nuts, 6 pack of seasoned seeds, 1 case of bars, 2 family sized trail mixes. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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