Of course! We are a small family-owned business out of Lacey, WA. Several years ago, we started working on a new way to process eggs whites. It took us a few years to develop the technology, but now we have a method of crystallizing egg whites that evaporates the water very gently to create a crystallized powder….hence Egg White Crystals was born.
No, we actually have quite a long history with specialty food products. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, we were focused mainly on specialty cheeses and niche dairy products, but we also made whey protein powders. Now, we’re focused solely on egg protein.
Well, most people know that whole eggs are a great source of protein. Unfortunately, they’re also high in cholesterol. Egg whites, on the other hand, are still rich in protein, but they’re also low in cholesterol, fat-free and low calorie. So, basically with egg white protein you get all the good stuff without the bad.
We actually invented a way to crystalize eggs at a low-temperature so that they keep all of their fresh flavor and functionality. Our egg crystals are the only dehydrated egg that actually tastes just like fresh eggs. We're passionate about making real protein that's pure and tastes good. Our product is one of the purest forms of protein on the market. And we should know. Our family uses the product as well.
It’s been several years in the making, all driven by a new processing technology we’ve developed. What makes us different from most of the other supplement companies on the market today, however, is the fact that we actually produce our product in-house, with our own equipment. We’re also super particular about what goes into our product, which lets us maintain exceptional quality. That’s something we’re really proud of.
We started out by doing some sampling. We went to the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, sent samples out to lots of companies, and started working with local fitness trainers to get some feedback on the product. That all led to word-of-mouth spreading. Even today, our biggest driver of sales is word-of-mouth.
More than I can count! We produce our product entirely ourselves in our own processing facility. Operating a processing facility that handles egg whites is very challenging for a lot of reasons, including sourcing raw materials, handling, regulatory issues and so forth. What’s always kept us going, though, is the belief we have in our product. Like I said, my family uses it too.
Being in the food industry, we’re not web developers or online marketing pros. We went with Shopify because it was very easy to set up and maintain. It also has a great app marketplace for extra functionality. The themes you can get look great too, which is very important.
We went through a fair amount of trial and error with various marketing apps until we found the ones that worked for us. We’re still not completely satisfied with our online advertising, so we rely more on word-of-mouth than anything else. Hopefully that will change over time.
Conversio, Product Reviews Addon and Wheelio are my favorites. For us, it’s all about ease of use and convenience. We’d rather focus more of our attention and efforts on continuously producing a high-quality product. The Shopify apps let us do just that without having to sacrifice our online presence.
Right now, we still rely on word-of-mouth and sampling more than anything else.
We do get phone calls occasionally, but we mainly communicate with our customers and prospects through email, Facebook messages or comments on the reviews. We’re also working on building up more of a following on YouTube and Instagram.
Right now, we’re mainly focused on increasing our product offerings and developing new flavors. Our most valuable resources at this stage are our taste buds. ☺
There’s a lot of material out there to read, good blogs and podcasts. It’s worth doing some research on best practices before you start. After that, we recommend doing some experimenting with the various tools and apps that are available to see what works.
Our website actually features a pretty cool Learning Center with some great resources on egg white protein and general protein topics. Anyone interested can also check out our products, read our reviews and get more info at our site: www.eggwhitecrystals.com.
100% egg white protein in crystalized powder