About this project
Who We Are
AVAIL is a Los Angeles based company that creates and sells the highest quality protein bars, powered by cricket protein. All bars are made with premium quality, sustainable ingredients, including cricket protein, and are packed full of nutrition.
Our Mission Statement: Improve the health of individuals and world by utilizing premium quality cricket protein in a sustainable, nutritious, and absolutely delicious nutrition bar.
A Superior Protein Bar Alternative Dairy/Soy/Gluten Free, Non-GMO and Mostly Organic
Most snack and protein bars in the market are either too sweet, too gritty, or too dry. They are typically packed with highly processed whey or soy protein, jammed with preservatives, and laden with artificial sweetners, all of which cause more harm than good.
AVAIL introduces the next generation of nutrition bars that are actually good for you. Our bars are formulated with the highest quality ingredients and created in unison with a nutritionist, food scientist, and recipe development specialist. We've combined these premium quality ingredients with organic, gluten free cricket protein to build a variety of delicious and highly nutritious bars.
Why Eat Crickets? Health Benefits
Crickets are a complete and sustainable protein source, and are superior source of vital nutrients. All cricket protein used in our bars is minimally processed in an FDA approved facility, certified organic, and certified gluten free.
Why Eat Crickets? Sustainability Benefits
Crickets are a substantially more efficient source of food - they require less feed, less water, and have a much smaller carbon footprint when compared to traditional animal agriculture.
How are our bars different?
(1) HEALTHIER & TASTIER
If you're interested in living a cleaner, healthier life, then these are the bars for you. Not convinced? Just check out our nutritional labels: all bars are high in complete protein, low in sugar, contain no artifcial sugars or preservatives, and include ingredients you can see and pronounce.
(2) FUNCTIONAL NATURE
In addition to premium quality cricket protein, AVAIL bars are formulated to add additional benefits based on the recipe. Just finished a workout? Try out Workout Hard bar, formulated with ingredients to help reduce muscle soreness and increase muscle recovery. Sensitive stomach? Pick up our Stomach Repair bar, which is non-inflamatory and includes foods that promote stomach vitality. Feeling sluggish? Grab our Regain Focus bar, created to improve mental clarity with matcha and other antioxident rich superfoods.
Comparison to Other Bars
I'm Scott Taylor, a New Jersey // New York native who is now settled in Los Angeles. For as long as I can remember, I had considered myself living an active, healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t until my early 20s that I became more interested in the intricacies of health and nutrition and how the food we eat impacts our bodies.
Suddenly, in June 2014, my mom, my best friend and rock, was diagnosed with stage four cancer and my entire world shook. Her battle and eventual passing changed my life - not only did I learn about her and myself, but I vowed to make her proud and make a positive impact on the world.
Shortly after her passing, I knew I needed a change. In October 2015, I quit my career in finance and moved to Latin America to recharge and find myself. After months of taking nutrition classes, reading about diet and health, searching, and exploring, I stumbled across the idea to create a superfood bar from insect protein. The idea felt right - it combined (1) my mission to help people create healthy lives with (2) my desire to foster a sustainable future. And so, AVAIL BAR was born.
Since starting in February 2016, we've come a LONG way and are excited to continue the journey! We've perfected our first recipe, partnered with a cricket protein supplier, and have a co-manufacturing facility ready to produce the first big order: We just need the funding to make it happen.
What We Need
We need your help raising $10,000, which will go towards creating our first large order of our Workout Hard bar, associated packaging costs, and developing our second and third bars (consultations with food scientists, recipe development specialists, FDA compliance checks, etc.). We'll also spend a minimal amount on marketing and social media awareness.
Sample Packaging & Ingredients
Workout Hard - Brownie Chocolate ChipOrganic Almond Butter, Non-GMO Soluble Tapioca Fiber, Organic Dates, Protein Blend (Organic Cricket Powder, Pea Protein), Water, Organic 100% Cacao Chocolate Chips, Pea Protein Crisp (Pea Protein, Tapioca Starch), Organic Cocoa, Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Clover Honey, Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Salt, Kale, Spinach
Stomach Repair - Banana Ginger
Organic Sunflower Seed Butter, Protein Blend (Organic Cricket Powder, Organic Raw Hemp Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein), Non-GMO Soluble Tapioca Fiber, Honey, Bananas, Organic Dates, Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Organic Ginger, Organic Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coconut Oil
Focus Bar – Blueberry Lemon Organic Cashew Butter, Non-GMO Soluble Tapioca Fiber, Organic Cricket Powder, Organic Blueberries, Goji Berries, Organic Clover Honey, Sunflower Lecithin, Coconut Oil, Lemon Pieces, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Matcha Green Tea, Maca Powder, Maca Powder, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale.
The definition of Avail is "to be of benefit or of use." This fit perfectly with our mission statement - we want to make people healthier and aid in the sustainability challenge we are facing by utilizing a novel concept (crickets) in a nutrition packed superfood bar.
Crickets In The News
Eat Insects and Benefit Your Gut Biome
Cricket Flour Has 3x More Protein Than Steak + It Even Tastes Good
Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?
What's in a Bug? Lots of Healthy Nutrients
How Much Protein do Insects Actually Contain?
Risks and challenges
Throughout the process, we've tried our best to mitigate any potential issues that may arise. However, there are some items that may cause unforeseen complications. The most obvious include:
Recipe Improvements: As we continue to receive feedback and test the product, there could be slight changes to each of the bars, causing slight differences in nutritional composition, taste, and consistency. We strive to create the most delicious, nutritious bar created with only premium quality ingredients. As such, there may be changes in the future, but of course we will do our best to keep everyone updated, and explain why we made the changes we did.
Partnerships: We have partnered with a variety of incredibly talented, dedicated teams at a variety of companies. These include (but are not limited to) our raw materials supplier (cricket protein), production (co-manufacturing facility), packaging suppliers, etc. Any delays or issues with any of these companies could also affect our ability to produce our product on time.
Estimated Shipping Date: We have selected the shipping date based on the most current information we have, and also taking into account that there may be some delays in the process. That being said, there is always the possibility that additional roadblocks may slow the process and cause our shipment dates to be pushed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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