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Shape Shifting?
Branding    Challenges    Product   

Shape Shifting?

Behind the scenes flashback 👨‍🔬This morning was cleaning up after the World Vegan Day and stumbled across our prototype for an oval shape choc... This was from the time a few months back when we were grappling with correcting the expectation of what we are (a crispy rice choc), and what we aren't (a clone of an existing dairy product).One idea was to make our shape different and we thought we'd give ovals a go to see how they looked. They turned out well functionally, but among our crew weren't really sold how they looked vs classic sphere.So instead we...

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Solving Mysteries
Challenges    Learning    Product   

Solving Mysteries

There are lots of mysteries in running a startup...🧐 Take our Choc Bloks: Michal and I were chatting yesterday about how they were moving slower in shops than Choc Balls, which have been selling at a nice pace (we're just about sold out). Yet, when I visited our first trial bulk test shop recently, the first 10kg of bulk bloks sold out faster than the balls. And also faster than the retail packs of the bloks in the same store. Why? Well that's a good question... Is it a branding issue, where our bloks and brand in general are less...

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Food Scientist In Training!
Mission    Product    Team   

Food Scientist In Training!

A few weeks back I got an intriguing email: "I'm a 19 year old studying food science in Melbourne, and I would love the opportunity to work with Bite Society; as an intern, volunteer, or whatever other role you might have. ...I'm vegan and passionate about helping others; people, animals, the environment. I've done some research into your mission and what you guys are doing, and I'd really love to be a part of it" So I met up for coffee with Danika to chat about her background and the project and what might be interesting for her to get...

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Design Drafting...
Branding    Marketing    Product   

Design Drafting...

So now the flavor test is complete, in parallel to locking things down with the copacker (checking ingredients, verifying pricing etc) we need to get a new SKU design ASAP. Decided in the interests of time and consistency to keep the current layout and elements, and mostly use colors and text changes to try to convey the different flavor (plus a little graphical flourish with jumbo's hair)We've now put it out for comment to our community... we'll see what potential changes may come up soon!

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Flavor Test Results Are In !
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Flavor Test Results Are In !

Results are in.... aaaand we have a winner! To recap, we compared 3 new flavors (strawberry, peanut butter and salted caramel) vs the original, in anonymous "self serve" written poll. Not exactly a fair test as the original is production quality (better finish and texture) vs much rougher prototypes, but still accurate way to compare the 3 flavors. Anyway enough small talk... ....the winner is... SALTED CARAMEL ! 😍 Even being a prototype it slightly beat out the production original, with strawberry coming in next then peanut butter. Have to admit it was a huge relief, had been worried that we...

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Beginning with Bulk
Learning    Product    Production   

Beginning with Bulk

In this coming batch, we're planning to include our first bulk stock for balls and bloks, so we can supply to food service and bulk shops...Today I took a look at the first test from the copacker for our bloks. Originally there were only going to be 4 bloks per bulk pack, but that didn't seem to make much sense in terms of reducing packaging...Asked why so low and the copacker was worried about the chocolate rubbing / marking in transit but we agreed that we would try out a larger 1kg amount with a lot more bloks and multiple...

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New Flavor Prototypes!
Product    Production   

New Flavor Prototypes!

Yesterday the new flavoured prototypes of our choc balls arrived for testing!We have a strawberry, peanut butter and salted caramel flavor to get "blind" feedback on, which I'm trying to get done by the weekend. This has come together really quickly triggered by a series of events...- our first batch of balls are running out- so we need to lock in next production asap (long leadtimes)- so it's the only window to introduce new flavors (as we do large runs to keep costs down, we can't do small batches)- but first we need to test themAm as excited as I...

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Taste Test Learnings
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Taste Test Learnings

A taste test yields some pretty interesting results for expectations, positioning and awareness!

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Ep 10 - On The Dotted Line
Podcast    Product    Production   

Ep 10 - On The Dotted Line

Final prototype of our choc balls and bloks are ready for our first in-store taste test...

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Ep 9 - Dig Down Under
Learning    Product   

Ep 9 - Dig Down Under

Back in oz, time to figure out how and where we’re going to sell, and get to know our future audience...

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Ep 6 - Taste Test Alpha
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Ep 6 - Taste Test Alpha

Holy moly, our first chocolate samples!  Now to find out what people think...

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Ep 3 - Sweet Something
Podcast    Product   

Ep 3 - Sweet Something

Snappy name for the company? Yup.  Actual idea for the first product?  Yeah I should get onto that...

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