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Nutshell Co.
Fresh. Nutritious. Delicious.
$15,103
of $15,000
Ended: 3/17/2017
We reached all 3 of our stepping-stones. Thank you!
Whether our marathons are run on the road or watched from the couch, we all want to eat food that will make us feel good. While some of us will happily sacrifice taste for nutrition, the best way to eat well is for nutritious food to taste good. Nutshell uses many of nature's most beneficial ingredients - nuts, fruits, seeds, and quinoa - to create a snack that can be enjoyed by everyone. We simply strive to make eating in a healthier way more enjoyable by offering a snack that keeps you full, keeps you energized, and keeps you coming back for more!

Learn more about Nutshell and our delicious snack that will get you eating in a healthier way.

Amazing support at farmers’ markets!

Your Gifts for Contributing
$30+
Nutshell Fan Pack
$50+
Nutshell Friend Pack
$100+
Nutshell Family Pack
About this project

Nutshell Co. was born from the desire to provide a fresher and less-processed bar to the snack market. We believe in using the best quality and highest nutritional-value ingredients, without any preservatives, and wrapping our bars in eco-friendly packaging. We produce, package, and deliver the bars ourselves in order to ensure that our bars have maximum flavor and nutrition.

Pic of nuts

We began this journey at local farmers’ markets in southwestern Connecticut, and after receiving resoundingly positive feedback, we knew that we were offering something different and sought-after. We are now focusing on refining our ingredients, packaging, and distribution to make the best bars produced anywhere available to more people.

Pic of farmers market

With your support of our 1st stepping-stone, we will be able to purchase the finest organic ingredients at a quantity that will help us greatly reduce our raw material costs. These savings will be passed on to our customers, making our bars even more affordable to all those looking for a healthy and satisfying snack.

Reaching our 2nd stepping-stone will allow us to invest in fully compostable packaging that will extend our product freshness and increase product visibility. The goal here is for our bars to taste as fantastic as they look, while remaining true to our fundamental principles. By increasing the order size of our packaging materials, we will be able to further reduce our raw material costs, and have packaging that will let our product be available in more sales locations.

Our 3rd stepping-stone is crucial to our future growth. We currently distribute our bars across southwestern Connecticut, and we need your help to make our product available to more people. We are gearing up to expand to cafés, delis, bakeries, and natural food stores from New York City to New Haven, Connecticut. With a strong initial base of distribution, we are primed for this next stage of expansion.

Pic of bar and package

We hope that with each bar we sell, we will move our customers toward eating in a healthier way. Take one bite, and you will understand the passion and commitment we put into each bar! We hope you will support us in our dream of providing a delicious and healthy snack that will help you to follow your own dreams!

Learn more about us:
Stepping-stones

A fresh bar that isn’t prepackaged?!? We’re making it happen!

1st stepping-stone
Fully Organic Bars!

The use of the highest quality ingredients has always been a core principle of producing our bars. Unfortunately, sourcing 100% organic ingredients is very costly, especially when buying them in small quantities. The funds of this 1st stepping-stone will allow us to purchase 100% organic ingredients at a unit price that is sustainable for our business, and our customers too. This stepping-stone will provide us with a projected four months’ worth of ingredients to sustain our production as we grow. This head start will help us focus on reaching new customers and growing our sales volume.

Thanks so much for helping us reach this stepping-stone!
100%
$0
$7,200
2nd stepping-stone
Packaging as Good as Our Bars!

We have striven for packaging that reflects our values since the beginning. We started with a recycled cardboard box at farmers’ markets and cafés, but the lack of fully enclosed packaging limited our growth abilities. We then worked with a recycled kraft paper wrapping until we were convinced by our customers that they wanted to see the bars. We have finally landed on a fully compostable cellulose wrapper that will protect the bar and preserve its freshness, all while letting you see the bar in the package. With your support, we can finalize the development of this wrapper that is easy on the environment and will keep our bars looking and tasting their absolute best. This stepping-stone will help us to engage some professional design support, as well as securing the lowest possible prices on a large volume of packaging materials.

Thanks so much for helping us reach this stepping-stone!
100%
$0
$6,400
3rd stepping-stone
Bringing Our Bars to You!

Nutshell Co. strives to offer a superior bar to our customers. This can only be accomplished by expanding our sales area in a targeted fashion. We are focusing this initial growth phase on supplying our bars to cafés, bakeries, gyms, delis, bookstores, yoga studios, natural food markets, and corporate cafeterias from New York City to New Haven, Connecticut. An online store already exists for customers living in other geographical areas. With your support, we can hire kitchen and delivery employees and invest in marketing and social media efforts, all to help us grow!

Thanks so much for helping us reach this stepping-stone!
100%
$0
$1,400
Who is Nutshell Co.
Will D'Agostino
Founder

I’m Will D’Agostino, and I was very fortunate to grow up with amazing opportunities to explore the outdoors. In living these experiences, I developed a strong passion for nuts, fruits, and seeds due to their portability, densely-packed nutritional value, and individual flavors that could be combined in seemingly endless ways.

Throughout high school and college, I watched as more and more companies developed nutrition bars. Despite aisles devoted to these snacks, most options were over-processed, packed with cheap ingredients, too sweet, too bland, or just too weird! I thought about my days enjoying a handful of trail mix while hiking and skiing, and believed that there was a need for a better nutrition bar option.

My desire to start Nutshell Co. was born out of simplifying and improving the nut bar. I wanted a bar with the fewest and most nutritious ingredients, that was handmade, and could be enjoyed fresh. I have used my experience in finance and technology to help build a company that focuses on giving our customers a product that they need - a healthy option that tastes so good that you want to enjoy it every day.

Thank you all so much for learning about Nutshell Co., and for supporting my dream!

Your Gifts for Contributing
Contribution of $30 or more
Nutshell Fan Pack

Support us, and taste the goodness! Contributors at this level will receive:

One of each flavor of our fresh handmade bars

PLUS

A pair of Nutshell branded wooden sunglasses to advertise your support

PLUS

A “Thank You!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

Shipping in the contiguous US only.

73 contributors
Contribution of $50 or more
Nutshell Friend Pack

Take your support to the next level, and head outside for an adventure! Contributors at this level will receive:

Two of each flavor of our fresh handmade bars

PLUS

A pair of Nutshell branded wooden sunglasses to advertise your support

PLUS

A set of three Nutshell branded field notebooks

PLUS

A “Thank you!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

Shipping in the contiguous US only.

53 contributors
Contribution of $100 or more
Nutshell Family Pack

With a most generous contribution to our campaign, become part of the family! We will turn to you to help us test new flavors for as long as we’re creating them. Contributors at this level will receive:

Two of each flavor of our fresh handmade bars

PLUS

A sample pouch of our beta product, “Nutshell Toppings”

PLUS

A pair of Nutshell branded wooden sunglasses to advertise your support

PLUS

A set of three Nutshell branded field notebooks

PLUS

A free shipment of bars with each new flavor we create

PLUS

A “Thank you!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

Shipping in the contiguous US only.

55 contributors