January 11, 2016

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nutpods is a deliciously wholesome, dairy-free creamer made from heart healthy almonds and MCT-rich coconuts with a rich and creamy balanced taste.

We believe that there should be an alternative option for the discerning and informed dairy-free coffee creamer user. Unfortunately, most traditional non-dairy and even natural dairy-free coffee creamers can contain many undesirable and artificial ingredients.  Natural creamers can be thin and watery; not rich and creamy. Unlike the existing options, nutpods is free from the following so you can be free to indulge:
-Soy
-Sodium Caseinate (a milk protein)
-Carrageenan
-Artificial flavors, colors and preservatives
-Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils

 For a list of ingredients, please click on the photo of each flavor.

 

Keep Calm and ENJOY NUTPODS Poster

We did it!

We started our little company with a Kickstarter campaign in October 2013 (www.kickstarter.com Project Name: nutpods) to bring our much anticipated products to the commercial market. Our goal was to raise $30K to release our first delectable flavor, Unsweetened Original. Well, thanks to the generosity of 510 backers, WE DID IT! We were able to actually surpass our goal by $32,164!  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.

Thanks to you, our supporters, we will soon be able to transform nutpods into a bona fide commercial production and make our wholesome and deliciously dairy-free creamy pods available to health-conscious coffee and tea lovers everywhere.

Thank you for your support in giving us the privilege to finally bring a more natural and wholesome option to the market!

Being David.

Why, Hello there. It’s been a while. 

I heard from some of you that you wanted to see my blogs again.  Truthfully, it’s been such a busy launch year for us at nutpods that I thought it was something that wouldn’t be missed but I’m glad some of you missed it. 

Because I missed it too; I missed having a personal way to voice who I am in the nutpods brand. There have been so many new customers and new friends that some may not even know who I am, despite my name being on every carton of nutpods. 

Hi.  My name is Madeline Haydon.  I created nutpods because I was just like you.  I am dairy-free and was tired of choosing between processed creamers and the thin and watery healthy ones.  I missed half and half in my coffee and I wanted something that I could use in baking and cooking as well.   Have you ever tried mashed potatoes with almond milk? Coconut milk?  I have.  

If you want to know more about the brand and the products, please get to know me in my earlier blogs.  

In this post, I’d like to spend a few minutes talking about being different.  You know when you’re a kid, they tell you to have the courage to be different?  Well, it turns out that that lesson still applies even when you’re in your 40s and starting a food business. 

There are so many ways that we are different from our competition:

  1. We’re a family-owned business, not a mega food company.   I’m not a figure head, but a real person.  Forty-two, wife, mother, founder.  I’m proud of the products I’ve created and put my name on every single carton. I also read every review on Amazon.  I love the positive ones and I learn from the negative ones.  And I’m grateful to all consumers that care enough to take the time to review our products.  
  2. We’re unsweetened.  When I started out, I was told to NOT be unsweetened.  I was told that “sugar sells in America” and that “sugar tastes good” and I’d be too limited if I hung my hat on being unsweetened.  Look, sugar isn’t the devil here.  We just think you all should get to choose what kind, and how much.  Or none at all. So grab your maple syrup, simple syrup, honey, agave…whatever color packet you prefer.  nutpods was always about giving the consumer a CHOICE.
  3. We’re shelf-stable and don’t require refrigeration until you open us. That means for our consumers they can buy us online (while we build out our distribution), they can stock up on us in their pantry, and they can toss a couple in a ziplock and pop us into their checked luggage for international travel.  What’s not to love?  And, in case you’re wondering we do it all without any preservatives at all.
  4. Sip with us.  Bake and Cook with us too. We have been so lucky to have been featured with so many bloggers in recipes…sweet and savory.  Beverages and more.  We are happy to be a part of  your coffee mug, a partner with your Earl Grey tea cup, and part of your baking and cooking experience too.  

It’s hard to be different.  I’m not a seasoned food executive.  I was just a consumer, like you, wanting to have a better option and ended up not wanting to wait any longer for the product I wanted to buy.  And to have paid consultants who HAVE been in this food and beverage industry tell you you’re going against the grain…well, is scary.  I was told that this category is dominated by the big food companies (Nestle, Whitewave size big) and I’d be competing with them as an unknown.  I was told that unsweetened wouldn’t sell as a value proposition and that selling online and in a shelf-stable package wouldn’t be wise.  And I paid them and listened to them.  And I agonized about these decisions.  But in the end, I listened to my gut.  I wanted to offer something different for consumers like me, and I’m so glad I did.  I took the step this past year, with a product that is true to what I wanted to bring to market and you all have responded with a resounding chorus of appreciation of what we’ve created.  Thank you!  

So while I feel like David vs Goliath, I feel so very blessed to be part of your lives at all.  We want YOU to love being dairy-free with us.  Thank you for letting us be part of your lives. And if you love us, please share us with your dairy-free or trying-to-be-dairy-free friends. 


1 Comment

Diane
Diane

January 30, 2016

I am so happy you made the bold move to not add sugar and give everyone their own free choice to add whatever it is they want. Personally, I find it so difficult to find things that do not have sugar added.

So I am in heaven I found you.

Thank for standing strong against those that thing sugar should be in everything.

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