December 23, 2019

BumbleBar

Spokane Valley, Washington

BumbleBar

Working with Craft3, BumbleBar came up with an equipment modernization plan — one that increases daily production by 400 percent with significant labor savings and cuts food waste in half.
BumbleBar was started by Liz Ward and her husband Glenn over two decades ago to combine her passion for healthy food with environmental and social activism. Today, BumbleBar makes its own line of delicious, plant-based, organic and gluten-free nutrition bars, the Bumble and Juno Bars. Because of its ability to produce small quantities cost-effectively, BumbleBar has become the go-to co-packing partner for early-stage bar companies.

Customer interest in high-protein and all-natural products has recently exploded. As a result, sales have rapidly grown, tripling revenue in the last four years.

But what hasn’t grown is its manufacturing equipment. And, with increased market demand, BumbleBar’s two largest co-packing clients are ready to scale — with orders from national retail outlets already in hand. The existing equipment was unable to produce the volume needed due to loss of efficiency, repairs, and downtime for aging equipment and limited batch size.

Working with Craft3, BumbleBar came up with an equipment modernization plan — one that increases daily production by 400 percent with significant labor savings and cuts food waste in half. Additional measures reduce energy use by 30 percent and water usage by 100 gallons per day.

With our investment, we believe BumbleBar will exceed its planned projections. And when it does, we’ll be ready to support BumbleBar’s next phase of growth.