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Thank you to our amazing community for successfully funding our Mix-ins launch! Vegan, paleo, gluten free & allergy friendly. You can order starting in April on our website zegosnacks.com.
Thank you to our amazing community for successfully funding our Mix-ins launch! Vegan, paleo, gluten free & allergy friendly. You can order starting in April on our website zegosnacks.com.
143 backers pledged $10,348 to help bring this project to life.

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ZEGO Seed+Fruit Mix-Ins: Vegan Paleo Allergy Friendly + Yum!

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Introducing ZEGO's Mix-Ins

Superfoods + Crunch + Yum

Vegan . Raw . Allergy Friendly . Gluten Free . Organic . No GMOs . Paleo . Glyphosate Tested

  • @theallergychef     "I love Mix-Ins because you can use them in so many ways."
  • @krytenskitchen    "Mix-Ins are amazing and so good on smoothies!"
  • @gratefulfoodie     "Mix-Ins upped my baking game! . . . I need more!"

We all know we should be eating more clean, plant-based protein and superfoods, right? Well, that can be hard if you are on-the-go and avoiding certain foods or additives. It takes a lot of time to find and evaluate convenience foods to make sure they meet your dietary needs.

 That's why we designed Mix-Ins, delicious, organic seeds, fruit and spices to add superfoods, taste and crunch to anything you Mix-them-in-to (get it -- "Mix-Ins?"). They are also a great on-the-go snack. And, all ZEGO products are made in a facility that is free of the top 14 allergens, including peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, egg, sesame as well as corn and gluten.

Two Flavors to Love: Cranberry & Apple Cinnamon

Both are SO delicious!! Check out our simple, organic ingredients and how much nutrition is packed into just 110 calories.

 Cranberry Mix-Ins

  • Serving Size: 1 ounce, about 1/4 cup 
  • Servings per Container: 6 
  • Calories 110 
  • Fat 4g, Sat. Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0 
  • Sodium 0, Cholesterol 0 
  • Carbs 17g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 12g 
  • Protein 3g 
  • Calcium 2%, Iron 4% 

Apple Cinnamon Mix-Ins

  • Serving Size: 1 ounce, about 1/4 cup  
  • Servings per Container: 6 
  • Calories 110 
  • Fat 4g, Sat. Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0 
  • Sodium 25, Cholesterol 0 
  • Carbs 18g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 13g 
  • Protein 3g 
  • Calcium 2%, Iron 4%

We pack them in easy-to-reclose 6 ounce bags (these do the trick for now but look for recyclable packaging down the road). Mix-Ins are shelf stable and tend to disappear quickly into hungry hands. But if you are able to keep them around for a few weeks, refrigerating or freezing will help them stay fresh longer.

We Need Your Support

We need your pledge and support to make these delicious Mix-Ins a reality. And, it would make a HUGE difference in our success if you let your friends know about our campaign on your social media, especially and special diet forums you are a part of--but, before we talk about that, we'd like to tell you a little more about how great this product is, our allergy and gluten safety, and our company.

Food Bloggers Are Raving 

We have met so many amazingly dedicated gluten and allergy friendly food bloggers in the past several years. Many of them sampled our Mix-Ins and played with them in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

@gratefulfoodie "ZEGO Mix-Ins upped my baking game and turned the most average of crispy cereal treats into a little slice of dessert heaven that pack a healthful punch. My only problem now is that I have everyone asking for more, I don't have the Mix-Ins. That's just cruel. Help me out folks."

@theallergychef "I love Mix-Ins because you can use them in so many ways! Our kids have been mixing them into yogurt and pudding. Meanwhile, I've been creating treats for them by adding Mix-ins to brownies, healthy popsicles, and even waffles. Finding allergy friendly products that are safe for our kids is so difficult, and I'm forever grateful for Colleen and ZEGO. Make sure you pledge and tell all your friends! We the food allergy and special diet community have to stick together." 

@krystenskitchen “This gorgeous smoothie was just what I was craving today. I topped it with some ZEGO Mix-Ins - a new product from @zegosnacks that hasn’t launched yet. It’s amazing and so good on smoothies. BAM! Follow them and stay up to date on this awesome product."

Z-CODE: Our Allergy and Gluten Safety

At ZEGO, we want to make sure you have all the information we can provide about our product to keep you as safe as possible. Our facility is free of the top 14 allergens and gluten, including peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, egg, sesame, sulfites, mustard as well as corn. In addition, we use a batch level safety system we call the Z-CODE. We test each batch of our product and link it to the QR Code on each product's package. You can learn more about our allergen safety on our website www.zegosnacks.com but the picture below is a nice snapshot of how it works. 

Herbicide Testing. We use fruit from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and California) for many reasons--we love supporting US farmers; the fruit doesn't travel far to get to our production facility so the carbon footprint is minimized, and it is some of the best tasting fruit in the world. What is more, farmers in the Pacific Northwest use fewer herbicides on their orchards than in regions with warmer climates. We know this results in a cleaner product for you because we periodically test for glyphosate residue and our fruit bars to make sure (glyphosate is the most common herbicide and is in the commercial brand RoundUp).

You can read more in this recent article by one of our favorite websites SnackSafely.com.

Our Story

 ZEGO launched with a successful crowdsourcing campaign in 2013. We learned a LOT in our first two years, and we found out what was most important to our customers after taste: producing in a facility free of the top 8 allergens (peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, milk, egg, fish and shellfish).

So, in Spring of 2016, we took it up a notch by moving to a top 14 allergy and gluten free facility, and relaunched with these delicious organic Seed+Fruit bars. In Spring of 2017, we launched our Fruit+Chia and Just Fruit bars, which are made from 100% U.S. farm-grown fruit.

We make 3 styles of snack bars: Just Fruit, Fruit+Chia & our organic Seed+Fruit protein bar
We make 3 styles of snack bars: Just Fruit, Fruit+Chia & our organic Seed+Fruit protein bar

The ingredients are so simple that our Just Fruit Pear bar has only pears in it! All ZEGO bars are loaded with naturally occurring fiber (2-4g per with only 80, 90 or 150 calories), so they won't spike your blood sugar. But, we aren't here to talk about our amazing bars; we'll let our 5-star Amazon and Facebook ratings and reviews do that. Instead, let's talk about our NEW product that we need your help to launch!

Why Did We Create Mix-Ins? 

We have made so many friends in this "free from" community over the past few years! Amazing allergy advocates and bloggers, parents and children, doctors and nutritionists--all dedicated to making eating safer and healthier for everyone, regardless of dietary restriction. What we've heard from all these amazing people during this time is that they want more from ZEGO--specifically a product that is superfood-based and could be used as an ingredient to make life a little easier and a lot tastier. That is why we created Mix-Ins.

We ground up Mix-Ins with a hint of maple syrup to make a delicious, paleo cobbler topping
We ground up Mix-Ins with a hint of maple syrup to make a delicious, paleo cobbler topping

Why Are We Launching on Kickstarter?

Big food makes it very difficult for small, family-owned companies to launch a new product in grocery stores. You have to spend tens of thousands of dollars just to get on the grocery shelf. And, it is even trickier if you are producing allergy friendly products because you can't just make it in your kitchen. You have to use a dedicated "free from" facility and the facility requires you to make a minimum amount to get started, which is pretty darn high. That means, we need to build the Mix-In fan base and take pre-orders so our first production run is a success!

It's like raising money before going on your class trip rather than taking off with all the kids on the bus and hoping you'll find enough people to fund you along the way. 

@theallergychef used Mix-Ins to quickly jazz up waffles, cookies and homemade popsicles
@theallergychef used Mix-Ins to quickly jazz up waffles, cookies and homemade popsicles

How We Will Use the Money We Raise?

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover our ingredient, manufacturing, allergy testing, packaging and shipping costs for our first batches of cranberry and apple cinnamon Mix-Ins. This will also give us enough extra product to fill reorders on Amazon and our website www.zegosnacks.com

What if We Exceed Our Goal? 

No problem, we are ready for success! We have a well-established production and shipping operation that can handle as many Kickstarter pledges as we get.

How Does ZEGO Support the Community?

Just over 2,000 business world-wide are certified as a B Corp. We are proud to be one of them.
Just over 2,000 business world-wide are certified as a B Corp. We are proud to be one of them.

Supporting our community isn't just an "and also" for ZEGO. It is core to our company mission, which is why we are so proud to be certified as a B Corp! We work to improve nutrition for low-income children by supporting farmers' markets and school nutrition programs. In addition, we advocate to improve testing and transparency in our food system so we can make food safer from the soil to the table. In 2017, we also donated 15,000 bars to disaster victims and first responders all the way from California to Puerto Rico.

Our Team

Colleen: I worked as a child nutrition advocate for 20 years. And, my focus has always been to improve nutrition for low-income kids so they can be healthier and achieve their dreams. I am 100% dairy intolerant and have Celiac disease; I haven't eaten gluten since 1984! My 3 kids have had a variety of food sensitivities over their childhoods, including gluten, dairy, sugar and with various allergies from corn to soy. I founded ZEGO in 2013 with Jonathan Shambroom, and I now am the CEO.

Danielle: Pretty much has her hands in everything at ZEGO. We couldn't get through the day without her. She tells you about what we are up to on our social media, makes sure your orders are correct and has 20 projects on her plate at any one time. Danielle is a pilot and marathoner too!!

Brian: Brian splits his time riding horses and running his farm and handling the operations side of ZEGO. He is in charge of quality and production as well as getting our many certifications. He is as comfortable on a horse as he is in a hair net and gloves =)

Reward Levels

We have some fantastic rewards to offer you for your support. We are particularly excited about the bonuses offered generously by our food activist friends, chefs and authors: Cybele Pascal, Erica Dermer, Erika Lenkert, and Kathlena @ Free and Friendly Foods (the famous "free from" cake designer).

Look for these bonuses in the Allergy and Gluten Special reward levels!
Look for these bonuses in the Allergy and Gluten Special reward levels!
Make these beautiful goodies at a cupcake decorating party in San Francisco courtesy of Free & Friendly foods!
Make these beautiful goodies at a cupcake decorating party in San Francisco courtesy of Free & Friendly foods!
Reward yourself with a "free from" dinner party in San Francisco
Reward yourself with a "free from" dinner party in San Francisco

And, remember to tell all your friends about our Kickstarter campaign!

Questions?

If you have any questions for us, feel free to email us at info@zegosnacks.com or leave a comment here and . . .

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

We have run two crowdsourcing campaigns in 2013 and 2015. We exceeded our goal for both and shipped out rewards within two weeks.

For our Mix-Ins campaign, we'll need 3-6 weeks to get your rewards to you because the size of our batch and the number of super cool t-shirts we print depends on the number of pledges.

Crowdfunding is a challenge in and of itself, but fulfilling the rewards will be easy.

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    Share Your Love

    Do you love what we are doing--allergy friendly, B Corp, woman-owned, transparency, or something else? A show of your support at $3 will give us a welcomed pat on the back and you will get our eternal gratitude for helping our small business grow and flourish!

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    Thank You Bar-y Much

    Are you allergic any of the ingredients in our new Mix-Ins? No problem--try our 4 most popular flavors of Just Fruit and Fruit+Chia bars (4 total)! You can order more on our website when you find your favorites.

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    Early Bird Pick Pack

    Available for just the first week of our project!

    1 Cranberry or Apple Cinnamon Mix-Ins
    + 2 of our most popular ZEGO snack bars, Seed+Fruit Fudgy Chocolate and Just Fruit Raspberry

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    Just Fruit Please

    Seeds a no-no for you, or not your fave? No worries, we've got you covered with

    1 variety pack of ZEGO Just Fruit bars (12 bars total)

    Please note that we use organic sunflower oil on our machines, so please do not order if you are allergic to sunflower oil.

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    Small Sampler Pack

    1 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 1 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 3 ZEGO of our most popular ZEGO bar flavors! (1 each of Just Fruit Raspberry, Fruit+Chia Strawberry, Seed+Fruit Fudgy Chocolate)

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    Seedy Special

    Love all things seeds? This is the one for you!

    1 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 1 Apple Cinnamon Mix-ins
    + 1 Fruit+Chia Blueberry bar
    + 1 Fruit+Chia Strawberry bar
    + 1 Fruit+Chia Raspberry bar

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    Large Sampler Pack

    1 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 1 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 12 bar variety pack, 1 of each flavor of ZEGO snack bars
    + our ebook of Mix-ins recipes

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    You Had Me at Cupcakes

    Those pictures are delicious, right? We knew you'd want more:

    1 Cranberry Mix-In
    + 1 Apple Cinnamon Mix-in
    + Top 8 free cupcake mix from The Allergy Chef at Free and Friendly Foods. Now you can make these tasty treats at home (makes 48 mini-cupcakes).

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    Try & Buy Special

    What a deal! Enjoy a small sampler pack and get a $65 credit for our website to use anytime in the next 3 months.

    1 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 1 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 3 ZEGO of our most popular ZEGO bar flavors! (1 each of Just Fruit Raspberry, Fruit+Chia Strawberry, Seed+Fruit Fudgy Chocolate)

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    Food & Swag

    1 awesomely cool ZEGO T-Shirt
    + 2 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 2 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + ZEGO snack bar box of your flavor choice
    + our ebook of Mix-ins recipes

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    Allergy Friendly Special

    2 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 2 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 1 ZEGO snack bar box of your choice
    + 1 awesomely cool ZEGO T-Shirt
    + 2 new, delicious cupcake mixes from San Francisco's own Allergy Chef at Free and Friendly Foods
    + Cybele Pascale’s amazing allergy friendly cookbook "Allergy Free and Easy Cooking: 30 Minute Meals"
    + our ebook of Mix-ins recipes

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    Gluten Free Special

    2 Cranberry Mix-Ins
    + 2 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 1 ZEGO snack bar box of your flavor choice
    + 1 awesomely cool ZEGO T-Shirt
    + 2 new, delicious cupcake mix from San Francisco's own Allergy Chef at Free and Friendly Foods
    + Erica Dermer's hilarious book "Celiac and the Beast"
    + A one-year, on-line subscription to one of our absolute favorites, GFF Magazine
    + our ebook of Mix-ins recipes

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    Double Your Luck

    First 2 deliveries, 1 in March, 1 in May, of:
    2 Cranberry Mix-Inx
    + 2 Apple Cinnamon Mixins
    + 1 ZEGO snack bar box of your flavor choice
    + 2 new, delicious cupcake mix from San Francisco's own Allergy Chef
    + our ebook of Mix-ins recipes
    + 1 awesome ZEGO t-shirt
    + One surprise delivery (we aren't telling you what will be in it) later in the year!

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    Subscribe Me Up!

    Get a delivery every other month for 12 months of 2 Mix-Ins + your favorite ZEGO bar box (6 deliveries total).
    + 1 awesome ZEGO t-shirt
    + Mix-ins recipe ebook
    Perfect gift for a college student! (we can work out delivering to dorm v. home depending on the month)

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    Thanks Mom!

    Your choice of food and fun from our other levels
    + undying gratitude
    + we promise not to discuss politics or religion at Thanksgiving dinner this year!

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    San Francisco Dinner Party!

    Join the Allergy Chef and ZEGO's founder in beautiful San Francisco for your choice of a multi-course gourmet meal or a more kid-oriented dinner and cupcake decorating party for up to 6 people of your choice. Everything will be free from all your restricted foods and you'll go home with enough t-shirts, free from snacks, cookbooks and cupcakes to make everyone incredibly happy (and we are GREAT company)! Perfect for a gift! Date to be arranged.

    [Kitchen is free of gluten, peanut, tree nuts, dairy & egg. Fish and soy used rarely and on separate equipment.]

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Funding period

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