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#1 Old 03-13-2004, 12:19 PM
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Hello,



On the heels of our very successful (thanks in large part to the feedback of Veggieboards community members ) Carb'Tastic instant soup cup line, we are now launching a new line of ready meals next week that we would like your direct feedback on.



Carb'Tastic ready meals are all natural, vegetarian, low carb, shelf stable pasta ready meals that are microwaveable in 2 minutes. They are available in 5 flavors: chili mac, teriyaki, tomato, alfredo, and primavera. We think they are great tasting (especially compared to most low carb convenience products...most which really taste bad). They are going to be available nationally in a few months, and have a suggested retail price of $3.99 each. Net carbs (total carbs less dietary fiber) are 4g to 9g each.



We would like to offer members here an opportunity to try them before everyone else, in exchange for coming back to this thread and posting what you think! We will limit this offer to just the first 100 who apply...



To sign up, go to www.fantasticfoods.com, click on the "contact us" button, and click to send the CEO an email (that's me). In the email, please give your full name, and a street mailing address. PO box will not work. Samples will be sent in a week or so by UPS ground. Should take 2 to 3 weeks for you to get them.



And of course if you like them, we ask that you tell your favorite natural products retailer, grocery store, or vitamin shop to bring them in and stock up!



Hope you enjoy! Thanks



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Chili Mac... mmm...



Woot, thanks John
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yaaaaaaaay! thanks man!
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yay - thanks John. I love Fantastic Foods products and I am always eager to try new ones.
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Cool..
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Nifty I sent you an e-mail.
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Wow, can't wait to try these. I sent the email and then decided to look around the website and I found out the falafel and tofu burgers I buy are from fantastic foods. (which reminds me, I am out of tofu burgers! :drool ) Next time I go to whole foods I am definately checking out the polenta and dishes, they look delicious!
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Wow, you are the CEO of Fantastic Foods?



I want to thank you for being so wonderful! I've become an addict to the Sesame-Miso noodle soup! I see Nile soups next to your products, but I can't trust them, they make chicken flavored soups and list 'Natural flavorings' with out specifying whether they are from animal/non-animal sources. You clearly mark on your products that they are vegetarian, which is commendable.



One concern I have is the amount of garbare generated by eating prepackaged foods. Do you think there might be a market for scoopable soups? Just think, sell some powder soups with +/-20 servings per package. You'd be able to feed more people for less cost (-extra printing/packaging/shipping), so it could be more economic for everyone.



What does everyone think?

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They make those kind too.
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Wow dude thanks a bunch! i look forward to trying yet another great product from yall!
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Yay! I sent you an email. I missed the carb soups, and I've been bitter ever since (not really). I forgot to say anything in the email, but are these all vegan?

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Thanks John, I just sent you an email

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Yay! I sent you an email. I missed the carb soups, and I've been bitter ever since (not really). I forgot to say anything in the email, but are these all vegan?

All of them are Vegan except Broccoli Cheddar.

I love the Asian Broccoli and Mark's fave was Mandarin Chicken.
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In the past I believe John has made an effort to only send out vegan items.

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Thanks for the invitation John - free samples - woohoo!



I was wondering if you knew yet, what the shelf price was going to be for these meals.



Also (as I was not a part of the earlier test for the soups), I am curious as to how Fantastic decided to get into the "low carb" market.

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Iam Jen,



The shelf price target is $3.99, althouth we expect a range of $3.49 to $4.99.



We decided to get into this market after realizing that this was a real consumer groundswell, with even our most hardcore vegetarian consumers looking for ways to reduce carbohydrate intake, mostly by backing off from refined white sugars and flours in their diet. Also, when we looked around, we realized that the vast majority of low carb convenience foods both tasted terrible, and contained loads of fake flavors, ingredients, and preservatives. By bringing our low carb options that are vegetarian, all natural, and great tasting, we are providing an option for people who want to limit carbs, but consistent with their pattern of eating no, or very little meat in their diet. Response has been great, and we have a huge number of new products coming to market under Carb'Tastic over the next 60 days.



Hope you enjoy the samples and let us know what you think!



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What do you mean by "pasta ready?" Are these sauces that you put over pasta? And if you'r having them over pasta doesn't that defeat the purpose of low carb?



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What do you mean by "pasta ready?" Are these sauces that you put over pasta? And if you'r having them over pasta doesn't that defeat the purpose of low carb?



You'll have to forgive me, if it doesn't come in a bag I'm clueless.





Not a bad question...what they are is a tray of reduced carb pasta with a sauce, al in one, and microwaveable in a couple minutes. The pasta is soy based, so lower carb but still great tasting and good mouth feel.
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John,



You have got to be the coolest CEO ever.
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Iam Jen,



The shelf price target is $3.99, althouth we expect a range of $3.49 to $4.99.



We decided to get into this market after realizing that this was a real consumer groundswell, with even our most hardcore vegetarian consumers looking for ways to reduce carbohydrate intake, mostly by backing off from refined white sugars and flours in their diet. Also, when we looked around, we realized that the vast majority of low carb convenience foods both tasted terrible, and contained loads of fake flavors, ingredients, and preservatives. By bringing our low carb options that are vegetarian, all natural, and great tasting, we are providing an option for people who want to limit carbs, but consistent with their pattern of eating no, or very little meat in their diet. Response has been great, and we have a huge number of new products coming to market under Carb'Tastic over the next 60 days.



Hope you enjoy the samples and let us know what you think!



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^^^Excellent example of a company reacting to consumer demand, rather crying and moaning about it.



Good luck!
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Hi everyone. We are up to about 50 requests. More to go.



Also, sorry to say that for now, at least, none of the 5 are vegan. Making low carb pasta that can hold up to our processing is virtually impossible without the use of some egg. We are working on it and down the road might get there, but for now...not quite.



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Oh, crud. I didn't research this well, did I? Could you please find my e-mail request and cancel it, John? I don't want any egg products. Thanks.
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Ooh, soy noodles. That's interesting. I wondered also how they would be low carb with macaroni in it. Sounds great. Looking forward to checking it out.
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Uh oh.. this means my son will be the one to try them and he's a super picky eater.
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It would be interesting to see how many people decided to buy a vegetarian meal because it was low-carb, when they normally wouldn't consider buying one. A good (and sneaky ) way to show people that veg. food can be yummy (or fantastic - ar ar ar).





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The shelf price target is $3.99, althouth we expect a range of $3.49 to $4.99.



We decided to get into this market after realizing that this was a real consumer groundswell, with even our most hardcore vegetarian consumers looking for ways to reduce carbohydrate intake, mostly by backing off from refined white sugars and flours in their diet. Also, when we looked around, we realized that the vast majority of low carb convenience foods both tasted terrible, and contained loads of fake flavors, ingredients, and preservatives. By bringing our low carb options that are vegetarian, all natural, and great tasting, we are providing an option for people who want to limit carbs, but consistent with their pattern of eating no, or very little meat in their diet. Response has been great, and we have a huge number of new products coming to market under Carb'Tastic over the next 60 days.



Hope you enjoy the samples and let us know what you think!



Regards



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Hi everyone. We are up to about 50 requests. More to go.



Also, sorry to say that for now, at least, none of the 5 are vegan. Making low carb pasta that can hold up to our processing is virtually impossible without the use of some egg. We are working on it and down the road might get there, but for now...not quite.



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well, i bet my mom would like to try it then
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Also, sorry to say that for now, at least, none of the 5 are vegan. Making low carb pasta that can hold up to our processing is virtually impossible without the use of some egg. We are working on it and down the road might get there, but for now...not quite.



Darn! Oh, well... My mom will enjoy reviewing them.
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