San Francisco, CA, – When ZEGO began in 2013, co-founder Colleen Kavanagh set out to create the first delicious, allergy-friendly, diabetic safe superfood bar designed to meet all special diet needs and preferences. Today, the esteemed B-Corp is launching yet another nutritious Seed+Fruit bar that everyone can enjoy. ZEGO’s Sunflower Date is gluten-free, organic, paleo, kosher and tested for a wide variety of allergens including peanuts, soy, milk and gluten. The test results are available by scanning the QR code on each package. Most importantly, the Sunflower Date bar is delicious!
ZEGO’s Sunflower Date bar has a simple, wholesome recipe that features the “ZEGO Seed Mix” of Sacha Inchi Seed Protein, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds and Poppy Seeds, all carefully chosen to provide nutritional balance for the consumer. The tasty bar offers a robust 6g of crushed seed protein (no enzymes or chemicals used), 500mg of omega 3 fatty acids and 4g of fiber. This bar recipe is ZEGO’s most simple and mild, yet the sunflower butter and dates give it a complex flavor. The seeds add a nice crunchy texture. The SRP for each 1.3 oz bar is $2.49, and its available at hundreds of stores where other ZEGO foods are sold, and online at www.ZEGOFoods.com. ZEGO stands for Zest on the Go. Sunflower Date is fantastic with coffee or tea and a banana for breakfast or straight out of the box into a backpack. And, because it is designed to be easy to digest, it is ideal for before a workout or even in the middle of a marathon.
The goal of ZEGO is to provide peace of mind. “When we started, there were no companies making nutrient-dense convenience foods that met the needs of people with more than one or two of the most common dietary restrictions,” says CEO Colleen Kavanaugh. “There also were no companies going the extra step in allergen and gluten safety – testing all their batches and providing the test data to consumers,” she added. “We test every batch for cross contact as part of our Z-Code Food Safety System to provide worry-free snacks,” says Kavanagh. Using a smart phone or tablet, anyone can scan the QR code on the Sunflower Date bar package to access the test results, or they can view it on the company’s website.
ZEGO is also leading the way on supply chain transparency by testing its products for glyphosateresidue and posting the results for customers to see. ZEGO is the first company making glyphosate data publicly available. Most food and beverage companies don’t test for it, even though numerous studies have measured surprisingly high amounts in packaged foods – even organic foods. ZEGO also uses glyphosate testing to verify its suppliers’ organic and non-GMO certifications, which is so important for keeping the whole supply chain clean and honest.
“Our Z-CODE system empowers our customers to make an informed choice over what they put in their bodies,” said Kavanagh. “Every brand asserting purity — whether they call themselves clean, real, free from, organic, non GMO – needs to be backing up their claims with data.”
You don’t need to have a food sensitivity to benefit from ZEGO’s great nutrition or natural taste. The sunflower, chia, poppy and sacha inchi seeds provide “complete” protein (22 amino acids). The sacha inchi protein is pressed, not processed with chemicals or enzymes. The bar is high in naturally occurring fiber and low-glycemic, making it a great choice for anyone watching their blood sugar (Including diabetics). ZEGO uses sorghum syrup for additional sweetening, which is a low fructose, less processed sweetener that retains its trace minerals.
ZEGO is a certified B Corp that makes fruit and seed “free from” packaged food and is an industry leader in food supply safety and transparency. In addition to Sunflower Date, ZEGO offers a wide variety of nutrition bars in three types: protein-based bars made from seeds; fruit-based nutrition bars with bright ripe fruit flavor; and fruit bars with chia added for added nutrition and texture. Part of the reason ZEGO was founded is to help improve nutrition for low-income kids through organizations like A Better Course. Since 2013 ZEGO has donated 2% of revenue and will continue through the company’s lifetime.