- What is Acheta Protein
Absolutely! Exo is a social venture in the most fundamental way. Our primary goal is to change the way people think about an untapped food source. If we’re successful (and we think we will be), it will have an enormous positive impact on the world -- and who doesn’t want that?
You talk about addressing global food and sustainability problems on a large scale. Why start with protein bars?
We believe delicious and healthy protein bars are the first step towards normalizing the consumption of insects, which will, in turn, have an enormous global impact. Much like the California Roll first introduced Westerners to sushi in the 1960s by combining the raw fish with avocado, rice and seaweed, our bars can be an introductory vehicle for insects by combining cricket flour with more familiar ingredients like nut butters and fruits (the sashimi comes later).
We believe delicious and healthy protein bars are the first step towards
Why should I eat crickets?
Crickets are a complete protein source, containing all the essential amino acids. In addition, they produce virtually no methane and require minimal feed, water and space compared to traditional protein sources. You can find out more about the benefits of including crickets in your diet here .
Where do your crickets come from?
All our crickets are farmed in our very own indoor, food-grade facility that was designed to farm for human consumption. Our crickets eat a Certified-Organic, grain-based diet and filtered water. Check out this video to see more!
How do you make cricket flour?
After cleaning the crickets, we dry them to remove the moisture and mill them into a fine flour. The result is slightly nutty-tasting flour that is high in protein and micro-nutrients.
How much cricket is in each bar?
There is approximately 5 grams of cricket each bar.
Are crickets kosher?
According to some interpretations of Leviticus, crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, and katydids are indeed kosher, as they have jointed legs and hop on the ground. However, there’s no consensus regarding which type of cricket was being referred to, so we have been unable to receive official kosher certification (so far).
Are crickets vegan or vegetarian?
Technically, no (crickets are animals, after all). But, depending on your motivations for being vegan or vegetarian, you might be willing to eat insects. In fact, being an entotarian is just a hop away from pescetarianism as crickets are closely related to shellfish. That is why we sometimes refer to them as 'land shrimp'. Raising crickets is dramatically less harmful than raising traditional livestock, and invertebrates like crickets have a much less developed nervous system than other animals, with many entomologists believing that they don't even feel pain.
How do your bars compare to other bars?
Exo bars use whole, minimally-processed, and pronounceable ingredients. Our recipes were developed by an all-star chef who worked hard to create unique bars high in protein, low in sugar, and packed with nutrients - perfect for snacking or pre/post exercise energy.
Are your bars paleo?
Our Cocoa Nut, Blueberry Vanilla, and Banana Bread flavors are Paleo.
What is the shelf-life of your bars?
Because we use only ultra-premium ingredients and zero preservatives, the shelf life of our bars is 10 months.
What’s the deal with shellfish allergens?
Crickets and crustacean shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc) are all arthropods. While they are distant relatives, the proteins in their body could be similar enough to elicit an allergic reaction in some people who are allergic to shellfish.
How can I pay for my order?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. If you’re paying with PayPal, after reviewing all of the purchase details, click Complete Order and you will be redirected to PayPal to confirm your billing information.
How do I update my default address?
Sign into your account and navigate to the MY ACCOUNT page (top-right corner - LOGIN). Select View Addresses under your current saved address. From here, you can edit or delete your saved addresses, and change the default one too.
How do I check the status of my order?
Sign into your account and navigate to the MY ACCOUNT page (top-right corner - LOGIN). Under Fulfillment Status, you can find the status of your order. If the status is Unfulfilled, it means we’re still working on it. If the status is Fulfilled, it means it’s on the way! For more details, click on the order number. And remember: once your order has been fulfilled, we cannot change or cancel it in any way.
How do I track my order?
We’ll automatically send you a confirmation when your order has shipped - in this email, you can find a link to the tracking information. Or you can visit the MY ACCOUNT page (top-right corner - LOGIN). Under Order History, click on the order number you want to track. You can find the tracking information here.
Do you take returns or offer refunds?
As all of our products are food (i.e. perishable), we do not offer returns at this time. However, if you are unsatisfied with your Exo Protein bars, please contact us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear your feedback.
How do I change the email address associated with my account?
Simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make the update for you. Be sure to include the old and the new email addresses!
How do I change my password?
Email email@example.com and we’ll send you an email with instructions to reset your password.
Where do the bars ship from?
Your Exo bars ship from our warehouse in Chicago and your swag orders ship from Printful’s warehouse in California.
What if I need my order by tomorrow?
Unfortunately, we do not offer an overnight or expedited shipping option.
When will my Swag ship?
We've partnered with Printful to offer you the best custom Exo swag. Your swag will be made-to-order! It takes 2-7 business days to produce your swag in addition to standard shipping transit time (an additional 3-8 business days). You don't have to pay for shipping twice, but as our swag is custom printed, it will be shipped separately from your Exo bars. As with our other products, swag shipping cannot be expedited.
Do you ship to APO, FPO or PO boxes?
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We ship to Canada.
What about import duties?
We do not include duties or tariffs/extra taxes in our prices at this time.
Do you have free shipping?
We offer free shipping on orders above $50 shipping within the continental United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and APO/FPO addresses.
Can I ship parts of my order to different addresses?
Unfortunately, we do not offer this option. You will need to place separate orders if you wish to ship items to multiple addresses.
After my order has shipped, how do I edit the shipping information or cancel the order?
Unfortunately, once your order has been fulfilled we cannot change or cancel it in any way. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you know your order is headed to the wrong address!
When will my order be shipped and how long will it take to arrive?
To ensure that your packages are shipped in the most efficient manner, we use several carriers to ship our products. We consider the weight of the packages and their destination when selecting the best carrier to use. Generally, your package will ship within 1 business day, and while most orders will arrive in 3-5 days, we ask that you allow up to 10 days for your package to arrive.
Canada Shipping Options
What are my shipping options and when will my order ship?
Priority Mail International
(6 to 10 business days)2
Order placed anytime
Ships on the same or next business day1
6-10 business days1 (from shipping date)
First Class Package International (7 to 21 business days)2
Order placed anytime for small orders of one box or sampler
Ships on the same or next business day1
7-21 business days1 (from shipping date)
This lowest-cost method doesn’t come with detailed tracking available
- Excludes weekends and holidays. If a business day is a holiday, the order will ship the next non-holiday business day.
- USPS is the exclusive carrier for this option.
What subscription options do you offer?
We offer subscriptions to any of our 12-bar boxes and protein powders. With our subscriptions, you can get the bars delivered every 30, 60 or 90 days, hassle-free, and you'll save 10% and get free shipping on orders over $50.
How do I access my subscriptions?
Login to your Shopify account (top-right corner - LOGIN) and navigate to the MY ACCOUNT page. You’ll see this page:
Changes made here will not be reflected in your subscription. Click Manage Subscriptions to find your subscriptions. You’ll be directed to your Subscriptions portal (it looks like this):
Here’s your guide to managing your subscriptions….
- Ships To: Click here to edit your shipping information. Each of your subscriptions can have a different shipping address. If you move, please make sure you update all of them!
- Edit: Click here to edit this subscription. On the next page, you’ll be able to make the following changes…
- Change next shipment date. Going away and need to delay your delivery? Roommate ate your bars and you need to expedite your delivery? No problem. Customize your next delivery date here.
- Change the number of boxes of bars you’re subscribed to
- Change delivery schedule (frequency of deliveries)
- Update payment information
- Update billing address
- Cancel your subscription
- Cancel: Click here to cancel your subscription.
- Re-activate: Click here to reactivate a previously canceled subscription.
- Add Product: Click here to add a product to your subscription. You’ll be given the option to select a product, the frequency of deliveries, quantity and next shipment date.
- Delivery Schedule: Click here if you’d like to review your next few shipments. From here you can edit or skip shipments. Only your next few shipments will appear here and more shipments will appear as the dates get closer.
- Billing Information: Click here to review or edit your billing address and credit card.
- Purchase History: Click here to review your purchase history.
My card was declined. What do I do?
Don’t panic! You won’t miss a shipment. If your payment was declined, we’ll send you an email with a link where you can update your account. Or, you can head to the Billing Information page in the Manage Subscriptions section of your account. Once you’ve updated your credit card, we’ll automatically retry to place your order.
Will you let me know when I have a shipment coming up?
Yes! We’ll send you an email directly before each shipment. You can review your upcoming deliveries at any time by navigating to the Delivery Schedule page in the Manage Subscriptions section of your account.
Since you’re storing my payment information - how do I know it’s safe?
All payments are processed in a secure PCI-compliant environment to the highest industry standards.