In the summer of 2014 at the age of 26, founder, Owen Seay, began experimenting in his kitchen by mixing up premium organic ingredients like cashew butter, dates, dark chocolate and a variety of protein powders.
By combining just the right amount of each ingredient, he was able to form decadent protein bars without the use of any heat or ovens. Macaw! Bars were born!
After selling out of his unique concoctions every weekend at local Orlando Farmers Markets, Owen soon realized the potential for turning his new project into a full-time business. So that’s what he did.
Over the course of the following two years, Owen handmade over 100,000 Macaw! Bars with his trusty pizza cutter and rolling pin. When demand for Macaw! Bars finally exceeded his ability to continue producing by hand, Owen took a trip to Texas and returned to Orlando with a truck full of specialized manufacturing equipment.
The transition away from handmade was a challenging process that took nearly eight months to complete, but to this day all eight Macaw! Bar flavors are still proudly manufactured fresh-from-scratch at the Macaw! production facility based in Orlando FL.
The Macaw! Foods Retail Store
As a direct physical extension off the Macaw! production facility, the "jungle" themed retail store gives local Orlando foodies unique access to the absolute freshest gourmet protein bars (made on site) & organic snacks, including more than 30+ organic bulk food specialty items (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, trail mix, granola, chocolate covered, etc.).
For customers living outside of Orlando, Macaw! products are also available online at www.macawfoods.com and ship throughout the entire USA. All orders are packaged fresh and shipped to customers directly from the Orlando production facility. Free shipping is offered on orders over $99.
Spread your wings. Be wild!
The Macaw! Foods slogan is a personal reflection of Owen's core belief that in today's society it's more important than ever for young people to pursue their own personal ideas, visions and dreams -- Spread your wings. Be wild!
For more information and personally written articles about how Owen built the business, click here.