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13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 1 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Purity Tested . Glyphosate Residue Free . Organic . Non-GMOs . Raw . Paleo . Top 12 Allergy Friendly . Dairy Free . Gluten Free . Vegan . Low Glycemic . Soy Free . Corn Allergy Friendly

We make delicious food packed with nutrition that fits most every special diet need & want . . . but that wasn't enough for us.

Because it's not enough for food to just fit your diet, whether your have Celiac Disease or food allergies or are vegan or paleo. It needs to taste good and be nourishing, because food is the base of disease-prevention. But companies, even the ones we buy ingredients from, aren't required to test and disclose if there is residue from chemicals and heavy metals in their food. And, some of those chemicals and metals can cause serious health problems.

And that's NOT okay. You have a right to know what is in your food.

So we decided to change the playing field. We want all companies to provide purity test results for chemicals, glyphosate, heavy metals, allergens and gluten. AND, we want you to be able to access those test results so you know what is in your food.

So, ZEGO is doing it first. 

Here is what transparency looks like.

Here is how we make it delicious.

The foundation of every product we make is wholesome, clean, delicious ingredients -- allergy friendly and gluten free, of course -- sourced from farms as close to us as possible. In fact, 90% of our ingredients are grown on U.S. farms. Our theory is that if we do that and keep the ingredients as close to the way mother nature grew them as possible in the recipe, the product will be delicious and people will love it. That being said, we test every product extensively, getting feedback from both kids and adults. We also see if we can make changes that will bump up the nutrient value. It must be working because our customers who have reviewed us consistently rank ZEGO's products 5 stars. 

We test every batch for cross contact with the top problematic foods, peanut, tree nuts, soy, dairy and gluten. And, we periodically check test for 400+ chemicals, heavy metals and glyphosate. All those results are published on our website and tied to the QR "T-CODE" on every ZEGO package.

Purity Tested . Glyphosate Residue Free . Organic . Non-GMOs . Raw . Paleo . Top 12 Allergy Friendly . Dairy Free . Gluten Free . Vegan . Low Glycemic . Soy Free . Corn Allergy Friendly

Our Product Launch

We’re launching a host of new products in areas where recent investigative reports have shown some chemical and heavy metal results that have spiked concern by consumers. 

ZEGO's new purity protocol oats, muesli and protein powder. All are purity tested for glyphosate, metals, 400+ chemicals, allergens and gluten.
ZEGO's new purity protocol oats, muesli and protein powder. All are purity tested for glyphosate, metals, 400+ chemicals, allergens and gluten.

Here's Where You Come in - We Need Your Help! 

Today, by supporting the launch of our new purity testing program and new amazing products, you'll not only be the first to try them, you'll signal to other companies that you value this level of transparency and want a future where all companies provide transparent purity test results like ZEGO. (Oats and Muesli are limited in supply until the next harvest, so be sure to pledge early!)

Because, if more companies start testing and start asking their suppliers for cleaner ingredients, with the help of new agriculture technologies and methods, we believe there will be a domino effect of cleaner food, cleaner fields, cleaner people, and a healthier planet.

If you aren’t concerned about the things we test for, no problem. You’ll love our products because, as it turns out, purity tastes great!


OUR PRODUCTS


ZEGO's Oats: proven gluten and glyphosate residue free 

Our organic oats contain twice as much protein as regular oats and are grown using purity protocol, the highest level of gluten free safety. They not only have no measurable amounts of glyphosate, the farmers that grown them have actually signed contracts not to use the chemical on their field.  It's completely raw, so you benefit from its live enzymes too. Just one serving has 10g of protein and 6g of fiber. It's carb-right!

Why stick with oatmeal? ZEGO's raw oats make delicious oat milk, oat milk ice cream (here topped with our chocolate chip Mix-Ins) and cookies!
Why stick with oatmeal? ZEGO's raw oats make delicious oat milk, oat milk ice cream (here topped with our chocolate chip Mix-Ins) and cookies!
These scrumptious cookies are made with both ZEGO's Exceptional Oats and Pure Protein!
These scrumptious cookies are made with both ZEGO's Exceptional Oats and Pure Protein!

"I tried to hide my Cinnamon Twist Muesli and yogurt by pushing a steaming hot cup of java in between me and my hubby. The distraction failed, and I had to share! #breakfastblisshoarder"         ~ @gratefulfoodie 

ZEGO's MUESLI: the superior cereal option

Whether you are familiar with muesli as a breakfast cereal or not, you will love enjoying ours as part of your nutritious morning. ZEGO's oats are so soft and delicate  you only need to soak the muesli for 15 minutes in your milk choice before it is ready to eat. But if you prefer the more traditional method, soak them overnight instead. They are also wonderful mixed with yogurt. Have fun finding your favorite way to enjoy them!

  •  Apple Cranberry - Organic Apple Cranberry Muesli is delightfully sweet and tart in flavor from the apples and cranberries, with a beautiful crunch from the seeds. 
  •  Muesli: Cinnamon Twist - Organic Cinnamon Twist Muesli is a delicious blend of cinnamon and dates, with a satisfying crunchiness from the seeds.

ZEGO's Cinnamon Twist Muesli has a sweet and warming flavor for gentle mornings.
ZEGO's Cinnamon Twist Muesli has a sweet and warming flavor for gentle mornings.


Baking nutrient-dense, delicious food is made easy & delicious with ZEGO. Just plug in your mixer & go!
Baking nutrient-dense, delicious food is made easy & delicious with ZEGO. Just plug in your mixer & go!

ZEGO's Protein: 100% seeds and No Lead

Our organic plant-based protein is made from 100% sacha inchi seeds. It's not an isolate like most proteins, which means it's not treated with chemicals or enzymes the way other powders are. Our seeds are simply pressed, ground and roasted. That's it. And, that means it's easier for you to digest. This is also the first protein powder made in a top 12 allergy free facility. 

Our Pure Protein has a "nutty" flavor, even though sacha inchi seeds are not nuts. It is particularly delicious in baking and makes a great protein bars, cakes, cookie and cupcakes because it isn't gritty like other protein powders. Best of all, no lead, which has been found in many plant-based protein powders.

ZEGO's pure protein is soft, not gritty, and has a nutty flavor, making is superb in baking. (Sacha inchi is a seed NOT a nut.)
ZEGO's pure protein is soft, not gritty, and has a nutty flavor, making is superb in baking. (Sacha inchi is a seed NOT a nut.)
This amazing blueberry scone bread with ZEGO's Pure Protein fooled even a picky, protein-averse 7 year old.
This amazing blueberry scone bread with ZEGO's Pure Protein fooled even a picky, protein-averse 7 year old.

"I have a corn allergy, so ZEGO is my go-to. My husband keeps asking if he can eat my ZEGO products because they are delicious. Sometimes I say yes, but I always keep a stash in my car, just in case he got the midnight munchies and forgot to tell me."

~ Therese D.

ZEGO's MIX-INS: paleo seed & fruit blend

We launched our Mix-Ins last year in our successful Kickstarter campaign (thank you everyone for supporting us!) and now we have a new flavor: Chocolate Chip. The beauty of ZEGO's Mix-Ins is their versatility. You can use them as a topper, trail mix or snack. You can even finely grind them and use them as a paleo flour for pancakes, muffins and more. Let your creativity flow! Check out  recipe guide on our website www.zegofoods.com for inspiration. 

  • Cranberry: fantastic on a spinach salad or warm quinoa bowl
  • Apple Cinnamon: perfect topper for our Extraordinary Oats or ground and made into pancakes
  • Chocolate Chip: delicious in cookies or straight out of your hand (or for dinner, according to some in our office)
ZEGO's Mix-Ins are so versatile, we have a Recipe Guide for them on our website!
ZEGO's Mix-Ins are so versatile, we have a Recipe Guide for them on our website!

Add delicious protein, fiber and crunch to any of your favorite bowl combinations with ZEGO's Mix-Ins.
Add delicious protein, fiber and crunch to any of your favorite bowl combinations with ZEGO's Mix-Ins.

ZEGO'S FRUIT AND PROTEIN BARS

Our nutrition bars are paleo, grain free and packed with fiber. Our fruit is all grown on U.S. farms and our organic sunflower seeds are grown in the midwest.

ZEGO has three types of mouth-watering bars, Just Fruit, Seed+Fruit and Fruit+Chia.
ZEGO has three types of mouth-watering bars, Just Fruit, Seed+Fruit and Fruit+Chia.
ZEGO's Just Fruit Bars are made from 100% U.S. grown fruit. Nothing else!
ZEGO's Just Fruit Bars are made from 100% U.S. grown fruit. Nothing else!
ZEGO's Organic Seed+Fruit Bars have 7 grams of seed protein, 4 grams of fiber and are low glycemic.
ZEGO's Organic Seed+Fruit Bars have 7 grams of seed protein, 4 grams of fiber and are low glycemic.
ZEGO's Fruit+Chia bars combine a delightful crunch with a burst of fruit flavor, and pack a full 3 grams of fiber and 600mg of healthy ALA Omega 3 acids.
ZEGO's Fruit+Chia bars combine a delightful crunch with a burst of fruit flavor, and pack a full 3 grams of fiber and 600mg of healthy ALA Omega 3 acids.

Why is it important that companies are transparent?

Recent investigative reports have measured high levels of heavy metals like lead and glyphosate in everyday brands. Metals like lead have known, serious health consequences. Just ask the people in Flint, Michigan. Chemicals like glyphosate are controversial, numerous countries have banned it. The U.S. EPA says it is safe if your exposure is limited. But, how would you even know how much exposure you've had if you do not know how much is in the food you eat? Glyphosate has been measured in water and air and drifts from one field to another, so though choosing organic is usually a good way to avoid glyphosate in general, it's not 100% reliable. Testing takes the guesswork out and gives you the confidence that you know what is in your food.

Here are some of the investigative reports and information that has been in the news recently on glyphosate and heavy metals in food.

How will we use the money we raise through this campaign?

  • We still have chemical testing to run on our nutrition bars, and with so many flavors it's not cheap, so our Kickstarter funds will be used to complete these tests sooner than otherwise.
  • In addition, we are looking to expand into more food categories where purity is a concern. Raising funds here will help with paying for the testing of those new foods, doing the R&D development, and funding the first production run.
  • Lastly, your Kickstarter pledges will help with the cost of our first full production run of all our new products 

Why do we have a $2,000 goal?

We have a history of successful crowdfunding campaigns. In fact, this is our second Kickstarter and fourth crowdfunding campaign overall. It is because of support from people like you that we've been able to use crowdfunding to help grow our family-owned business. 

We know how to do this! We set our campaign level low to give you confidence that you will get your reward. Our secret goal is to blow the top off Kickstarter to show the world that consumers want purity testing and it is the future of food! The more we raise, the stronger that message is. And, the more we raise, the faster we can bring these products to stores near you and create even more new, delicious purity tested products in the near future.

So, pick a reward that looks delicious to you and share this campaign with your friends who care about food purity. 

With every pledge and share, you are helping create a cleaner food future for all of us.

Frequently Asked Questions 

1) I try to buy from responsible companies, what does ZEGO do to give back and/or help the environment? 

We are so glad you asked!  We love giving back too.  In addition to being a B Corp and to our monetary donations, we donated over 10,000 bars to help the hurricane survivors and the Northern CA fire victims this past year. 

2) If ZEGO products are Organic, Why Test for Glyphosate & Other Chemicals? 

Glyphosate is the main ingredient found in Round-Up.  And you might be wondering why we would test for this if we are already certified Organic / Non GMO.  Well, because Round-Up is so widely used around the world, it’s found everywhere – even in our drinking water! This means that even organic farms can have Glyphosate residue from the rainwater, or from runoffs from a nearby farm. Buying organic just isn’t enough, and we need your help! If we start demanding that companies test for this residue, we will see a real change in the food industry.

The side effects of Glyphosate are very similar to Celiac Disease.  So, it’s possible that if we reduce the use of glyphosates and clean up our food system, we will see fewer and fewer people with these food allergy symptoms.

The Glyphosate problem is why we source our fruit entirely from the Pacific Northwest.  Because they face colder winters, everything freezes, which helps kill off the weeds.  As a result, most farms (even non organic farms) don’t need to use Round-Up, which means there is less residue in the rainwater in the Pacific Northwest, and organic farms don’t have to worry about the runoff from non organic farms.

3) What Allergens is ZEGO Free Of? 

We are free from peanuts, tree nuts (including coconut), milk, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, gluten, mustard, lupin, sulphates, and sesame. We are also corn allergy friendly meaning, we do not use corn products and our packaging is corn free as well. 

4) Is ZEGO Only for People with Food Allergies? 

No. In fact, many of our ZEGO fans actually do not have food allergies! They love ZEGO for its convenience, purity, flavor, nutrition, and commitment to providing transparency.

5) If ZEGO is Free From the Top Food Allergens, Why Bother Testing Each Batch for Cross Contact? 

Like all allergy-friendly companies, we carefully source our ingredients, don’t bring common allergens into the manufacturing facility, and train our staff on allergy safety, but we don’t feel that is enough precaution. The most likely place cross contact would happen for allergy-friendly companies is in the field and processing plant for your raw ingredients before they ever get to your factory. For example, we’ve had pumpkin seeds delivered to us that had spelt (wheat) sprinkled in with them, which most likely happened at harvest. The cost would be too prohibitive to test every container of ingredients, so companies spot test here and there, so some cross contact could not be detected. By adding in a final test at the end of the batch, we can find out if any cross contact slipped through the system regardless of our other precautions. Because we believe in 100% transparency, provide you access to the reports through the QR code on each ZEGO package. We think every company should be testing and publishing the results as well.  If you agree, start contacting your favorite companies, and ask them to provide this level of transparency.


 INTERNATIONAL REWARD LEVEL DETAILS

This is ONLY valid for people ordering from another country and our special way of getting you the best value. Countries: Australia, Canada, Bermuda, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, United States, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Italy, San Marino. Pledge $25 and get a $50 coupon good for your total purchase of $100 USD or more. We know the shipping is tough, this is our way to help!

ZEGO is proud to join companies like Patagonia and Eileen Fisher as a certified B Corp, using our company as a force for good in the world.
ZEGO is proud to join companies like Patagonia and Eileen Fisher as a certified B Corp, using our company as a force for good in the world.
ZEGO is a newly certified Women Owned Business.
ZEGO is a newly certified Women Owned Business.
ZEGO goes beyond traditional certifications, providing you testing data to verify our purity. Most of our products are organic. Our Just Fruit Bars and Fruit+Chia Bars are not because there isn't enough organic puree for us to use only U.S. grown fruit, and we don't want to buy fruit from overseas. So, we use our testing and trusted suppliers to find the cleanest conventional U.S. fruit possible.
ZEGO goes beyond traditional certifications, providing you testing data to verify our purity. Most of our products are organic. Our Just Fruit Bars and Fruit+Chia Bars are not because there isn't enough organic puree for us to use only U.S. grown fruit, and we don't want to buy fruit from overseas. So, we use our testing and trusted suppliers to find the cleanest conventional U.S. fruit possible.

Risks and challenges

We've completed three successful crowdsourcing campaigns, so your risks with backing us are minimal. We do have a limited supply of oats, but there should be plenty to cover the campaign. You should receive your rewards at least by April, but more likely March.

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    Ready for some delicious Pure Protein? This pack is for you! We will send you a bag of our protein powder along with one each of our Seed+Fruit protein bars (4 bars total).

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    Do you want to be the mom or dad who wins snack time at school? This pack includes: 1 Mixed Box of Just Fruit bars, Chocolate Chip Mix-Ins + 1 Exceptional Oats. We'll include our favorite recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!

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    Want a deal now AND later? At this level you can double up and get a deal on our new products now and a discount later!
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    EVERYTHING NEW

    Want to be one of the first to try ALL five of our new products? This is your reward level! It comes with each of the items below. Protein powder may be swapped for either a box of nutrition bars, 3 oat or muesli products or 2 Mix-Ins.
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    EVERYTHING ZEGO

    Want all the purity tested, delicious ZEGO you can get? This level has all our new products + 3 flavors of Mix-Ins + a mixed box of each of our nutrition bars (8 bags + 3 mixed boxes of bars). Protein powder may be swapped for either a box of nutrition bars, 3 oat or muesli products or 2 Mix-Ins. Let us know in the comments!

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    1 bag of Cranberry Apple Muesli
    1 bag of Cinnamon Twist Muesli,
    1 bag of Cranberry Mix-Ins,
    1 bag of Apple Cinnamon Mix-Ins,
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    THANKS MOM!

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