US consumers are eating more beef than they have in a decade and as the demand for leather plummets due to cheaper alternatives— thousands of cowhides are being thrown away daily. What was once a main income source for farmers, is now being thrown away in landfills or worse— buried on the farm.
This is a pain-point affecting the beef skin industry and we believe it's imperative to address this critical waste problem while also elevating beef skins to their highest and best use— a zero waste solution. Instead of throwing away cowhides, we're working with small farmers to reduce their waste and transform beef skins into a tasty, nutrient-dense snack— Beef Rinds!
Beyond the positive environmental impact, there's also a massive bankruptcy crisis affecting many small farms across the United States. In the Pacific Northwest there was a 109% increase in farm bankruptcies from 2019 to 2020. This is only set to increase as small farms struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic. In the past, beef skins have accounted for 50% of the value of the animal's by-products, this has fallen to about 5%. There are many skins that have no value, so they're forced to throw a natural product in the garbage. We’re setting out to help farmers generate more revenue from a waste product and gain their economic independence back in the process.
Our one-of-a-kind beef rinds are made from 100% grass-fed beef skin sourced from sustainable, regenerative farms throughout the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Holy Cow Beef Rinds come in 4 flavors: Chili & Sea Salt, Lime Zest, Hot Pepper and Unsalted. Containing:
• 8g of Protein
• 7000mg of Bovine Collagen
• 0 Carbs
• 80 Calories
• Rich in beneficial amino acids
We have found a food category that has yet to be explored, and one in which that will improve the lives of farmers and our environment alike. Not to mention the health benefits to our customers.
Would you try these as a healthier alternative to pork rinds? Possibly a replacement?
Hi all! My name is Javon Bangs and I'm one of the Co-Founders of Holy Snacks. I grew up in rural Washington State and I'm an accountant by trade but have always been an environmentalist and foodie at heart. Sustainability was our focus from day one, when we saw a huge waste problem affecting the cattle industry and noticed so many small farms filing bankruptcy we knew we needed to make a change and address this issue head-on. After talking to farmers in our area who are encountering waste issues, we decided to team up with them to eliminate their waste and boost their income by upcycling beef skins. We've spent countless hours perfecting our beef rinds recipe and getting feedback at our local farmer's market which has led us to here; delivering directly to consumers via our website. As we scale our operations we expect to transition away from the batch-drop model in order to meet the demand faster. So we appreciate your patience in the meantime. We are so excited to share this with you and if you ever want to reach us simply email one of us as we'd love to hear from you! You can reach me at: email@example.com
Hello! My name is Nikk and I'd like to echo much of what Javon mentioned above. By trade I'm a software engineer and I grew up in-between my family's farm in California and rural Washington State where I met Javon. We are two high school buddies who are spearheading this mission against waste and would love for you to join us. We encourage any and all feedback so please don't hesitate to reach out to one of us. Happy snacking! Reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org