Here at Macaw! Foods we take pride in the quality of our products. Since 2014 we’ve always made our gourmet protein bars, known as Macaw! Bars, fresh from scratch in small batches. While no longer using my pizza cutter and rolling pin, in the video below I’m going to walk you through our current production process from start to finish!
As you can see in the video when making Macaw! Bars, there’s very minimal processing involved. In fact, the whole process can be broken down into just three main steps:
Step 1 - Mix
Our wet and dry ingredients are carefully measured then mixed up in our big Hobart mixing bowl until the perfect consistency is achieved. Mixing the ingredients for just the right amount of time ensures the final product is soft and chewy. When making our gourmet protein bars, we keep three things in mind: taste, texture, and quality.
Step 2 - Extrude
Now that our mixture is a perfect consistency, it’s time to load the extruder and start extruding the batch into actual protein bars. During this step, the protein bar mixture is pulled into the extruder channel through a powerful vacuum then pushed through the mouth of the extruder into bar form. The pneumatic (air powered) cutter tool cuts individual protein bars which then drop onto the transfer conveyor. This conveyor transfers the finished protein bars onto the packaging machine.
Step 3 - Package
This is the last step. Small Teflon pushers carry the final product into the wrapper housing where the protein bars are wrapped in packaging film, sealed and cut. A small ink code is also pressed onto each individual package during this process, known as a ‘lot code’. In the case of a recall, this allows us to keep track of which ingredients were used in each different batch of protein bars.
It’s that simple. There’s no baking, cooking, or heat involved throughout the production process. We simply combine the right amount of each ingredient, extrude the batch into protein bars, then package up the final product.
All of our products ship directly from our production facility and we currently offer eight delicious gourmet protein bar flavors, including three organic vegan flavors.
- Coconut Husk
- Cookie Dough
- Chocolate Brownie
- Banana Bread
- Cinnamon Roll
- Peanut Butter Cookie (vegan)
- Mint Chocolate Chip (vegan
- Lemon Poppy (vegan)