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Paleo Business Venture ??? Need your feedback

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Hey Everyone,

I???m looking at Paleo as a potential business venture. I know many of you are anti-snacking, but I have found that finding paleo snacks is a bit of a challenge, and I assume that I???m not the only one. I???d like to gather some information and I don???t think there is a better platform then this. So what I want to know is:

A. Do you have a problem finding "ready to eat" ( no cooking required) snacks?

B. What are your favorite "ready to eat" Paleo snacks?

C. Do you order snacks online? If so, what kind?

D. Are you a member of a crossfit gym? ( I???m trying to get a better feel of the connection between Paleo and crossfit)

E. Would you like to see a wide variety of snacks available at your crossfit gyms about once a month?

Any additional comments/questions would be great. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Great post. And Ill check out that book. Thanks for the suggestion.

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on July 24, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Thanks Jamie, really appreciate your feedback.

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I would never consider leaving globo-gym, it turned me from a looser into a winner

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:57 PM

pre-made soups would be awesome, i love soup but don't necessarily want to make it all the time. I've gone up and down the soup aisle at the grocery store and it seems near impossible to find something acceptable. I like dried fruit too and that is also REALLY hard to find without added sugar. Want to get a food dehydrator just for that reason.

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Great ideas, thanks for the feedback

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:22 PM

+1 for Amazon Prime!

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Thanks! We used to have things like that about 30 years ago.

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:43 PM

This is a cool idea.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Yes, I do have a problem finding ready to eat Paleo snacks.

I have a suggestion right away:

  1. I would be interested in buying Paleo soup mixes, made from dehydrated grass-fed meat and dehydrated organic vegetables with absolutely no additives or even spices (I would use my own). If Celtic sea salt added, it would be okay, but nothing else. Here is the list of vegetables: carrots, celery, celery root, onion, all organic, all dehydrated. No garlic powder out of the jar - that stuff usually has gluten.

You can market it as SOUP STARTER but it still should be already cooked so if you are in a hurry, you can just add water and eat it the way it is. It would be best packed in paper or carton, no aluminum, no cans, no artificial wrapper. So the people would have to put it in a glass/cup to pour boiled water over. NO STYROFOAM PLEASE!!! If it is in Styrofoam, I am not going to buy.

I would use them as soup/meal replacement/starter. (JUST ADD HOT WATER). They should be gluten free/preservative free/sauces and additives free. No whey powder either.

  1. I would be interested in getting slowly dehydrated berries, no sugar or salt added. I would use them as snacks.

Another idea - marketing organic, naturally brewed sugar-free beet kvass (additives free) as a beverage.

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:57 PM

pre-made soups would be awesome, i love soup but don't necessarily want to make it all the time. I've gone up and down the soup aisle at the grocery store and it seems near impossible to find something acceptable. I like dried fruit too and that is also REALLY hard to find without added sugar. Want to get a food dehydrator just for that reason.

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(85)

on July 23, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Great ideas, thanks for the feedback

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on July 23, 2012
at 06:43 PM

This is a cool idea.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 23, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Thanks! We used to have things like that about 30 years ago.

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:59 PM

C. Make it amazon prime or it's dead to me.

D. Crossfit doesn't do much for me.

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:22 PM

+1 for Amazon Prime!

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:24 PM

A. No.

B. Jerky, nuts, berries, grapes, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, kale chips, nut butters, cut veggies.

C. Sunflower seeds and jerky.

D. No.

E. N/A

I have almost eliminated snacking myself, but hubby and kids are still snackers. I keep what I listed above on hand so they don't venture off the path.

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:55 PM

A. Do you have a problem finding "ready to eat" ( no cooking required) snacks? Nope.

B. What are your favorite "ready to eat" Paleo snacks? Cheese (I'm lacto-Paleo), dark chocolate

C. Do you order snacks online? If so, what kind? Nope.

D. Are you a member of a crossfit gym? ( I???m trying to get a better feel of the connection between Paleo and crossfit) Nope.

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on July 24, 2012
at 02:48 PM

A. Yes

B. Beef jerky, tuna in olive oil or tomato and basil (if canned without BPA), aged cheddar cheese (not strictly paleo, but primal), berries, especially, nuts - specifically:

macadamias, walnuts & brazil nuts (all low starch, but macadamias are the paleo nut allstar for being low in o-6, also almonds are popular too).

Being able to get nuts in a "paleo mix" without peanuts or roasting or salt would be awesome, as well as individual types especially macadamias.

Also a coconut, nut and dried berry bar of some kind would be just awesome, and if had some coconut oil too, it would serve as an energy bar. If not add coconut flakes to the list.

Others might also like: Full fat unsweetened greek yogurt with berries (primal) + dried fruit, though I wouldnt eat em.

We are also starved for low sugar, low nonsense drinks. Like: Unsweetened cranberry juice , iced teas without nonsense, decent mineral content mineral water (higher in calcium and magensium), fruit infused water without nonsense in it. Coconut water. Hard to avoid all that sugar and additives when out and about without just buying water, and then its low quality water with no minerals, which I personally find lame. Tap water has more minerals that most of the common bottled waters.

So if your making a snack machine type business, you may as well add a few more paleo freindly drinks into the machine, if you can, especially if they are less common drinks.

C. Unroasted unsalted macadamias.

D. Not myself, no.

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on July 24, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Thanks Jamie, really appreciate your feedback.

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:45 PM

The vending machine company at my work recently opened a "low carb friendly" machine on one of our floors.

It has seeds, nuts, jerky, tuna snacks (canned tuna + mayo), trail mixes, dried fruit, atkins bars, atkins protein shake mix, "veggie chips", Lara bars...

Just some ideas. I go because it has a good selection of nuts (maybe 10 different mixes), and the tuna if I am starving (although that has only been twice in 7 months).

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:20 PM

I don't want to discourage the entrepreneurial spirit, but make sure the Paleo community makes up a big enough market. I have been paleo for two years, and because I visit Paleo sites and blogs, have a few friends who are also paleo, it can seem that it's a huge and growing trend. In reality, we are a very, very small minority. Most people I talk to have never even heard of it. So you may want to broaden the appeal beyond "paleo."

I recommend reading the 4 hour workweek. There are a couple of good chapters on how to market test an idea on the internet without much cost or risk. You'll get data on how many people who visit your site are likely to order the product, or just drift away. Then you can make a decision whether there is enough serious traffic to continue.

The rest of the book is interesting, but not worth a lot.

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(85)

on July 24, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Great post. And Ill check out that book. Thanks for the suggestion.

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on July 24, 2012
at 01:30 PM

A. YES!

B. Nuts and fruit, but these aren't great ATM as I'm trying to lean out. I'm probably alone on PH because I don't like eggs and hard boiled is my least favourite kind. I recently discovered Nakd bars (UK based) and I love them (again, not great for leaning out.)

I dig the soups idea mentioned above.

C. Nope. Dark chocolate maybe, but that's more of a treat than a snack.

D. No.

E. N/A but I'd love to have more options ??? I live in central London so most stores are small express ones. Not a lot of variety!

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:54 PM

A. Do you have a problem finding "ready to eat" ( no cooking required) snacks? Yes!

B. What are your favorite "ready to eat" Paleo snacks? Beef jerky, nuts, nut butters, raw vegetables.

C. Do you order snacks online? If so, what kind? No, but would be interested in a fast delivery service or if it were locally available (live in NY).

D. Are you a member of a crossfit gym? ( I???m trying to get a better feel of the connection between Paleo and crossfit) No, but considering joining after my globo-gym membership expires.

E. N/A

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on July 24, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I would never consider leaving globo-gym, it turned me from a looser into a winner

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on July 23, 2012
at 07:21 PM

A. Yes. Any ready to eat items that would be paleo-ish (like ready to eat hard boiled eggs) that I find are never organic or pastured, and as for dried items, it is hard to find good ones that are grab and go, so I usually buy things bulk online. I really like someone's idea about broth or dehydrated foods.

B. Soaked/Sprouted pecans and bahari dates.

C. I order Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars (peanuts and dates.. not paleo really because of the peanuts but I only have them twice a month). I order bulk dates and bulk soaked/sprouted, dehydrated nuts from Blue Mountain Organics. I also buy grassfed beef jerky.

D. No

E. N/A

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:59 PM

A. Yes - especially affordable options! Sometimes I just need to grab something on the way out the door to work.

B. Nuts (which I need to eat less of but feel I have limited options w/out for snacking), kale chips, berries, raw veggies, nut butters, occasionally full fat cheese/yogurt or jerky

C. Nope

D. No.

E. N/A

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:56 PM

How about something with BCAA or beta alanine? Iused to make fruit rollups in my dehydrator with BA & BCAA. Guys at my gym likef it. I just couldn't make it in a bigger scale :-(

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on July 23, 2012
at 06:39 PM

A. Do you have a problem finding "ready to eat" ( no cooking required) snacks? Yes

B. What are your favorite "ready to eat" Paleo snacks? Paleo People granola, but it has a bit too much sugar to eat when I'm trying to lose weight.

C. Do you order snacks online? If so, what kind? I've ordered Paleo People granola (Cappuccino Crunch) online, but for the most part, I just snack on nuts from the grocery store or protein shakes.

D. Are you a member of a crossfit gym? There's a Crossfit gym attached the my MMA gym, but I don't do Crossfit.

E. Would you like to see a wide variety of snacks available at your crossfit gyms about once a month? Yes.

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