The rugged and vigorous spirit of Willamette Valle, Oregon, is emblazoned with luxuriant, broad plains that produce a highly productive agricultural region. The Willamette River, flowing through the length of the valley, is surrounded on three sides by the Capalooya Mountains to the south, and the Cascades and the Oregon Coast Range to the east and west respectively. This lushness is the basis for Skout Organic. Skout products are crafted with only select, naturally occurring, organic ingredients. This basis is the promise Skout brings to the spirit of those seeking a healthier lifestyle, and who want to adventure and live life to its fullest.
It was in 2008 that Jason Pastega, fed up with the disappointment (not to mention fatigue) brought by the illusionary energy created with the high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients plaguing other nutritional/energy bars, decided to turn to his own kitchen for a better alternative. Using all natural, organic ingredients, he blended them into recipes that he then took to the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center, and developed them into the first in the Skout Trail bars family of products on instagram.
Today, more than ever, people are realizing the importance of eating healthier foods. It is becoming increasingly accepted that constant trips to gas stations and drive-thrus to get needed energy and daily nutrition are just not making the cut anymore; and wary is the traveler now becoming to over caffeinated diet pills and energy drinks, just for that boost to push them through the day.
New intolerances to gluten, soy, and dairy are being diagnosed, that require a change in the balance of individual diet plans for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. People want to be sure their food is not being tampered with, and treated with harsh and possibly genetically altering substances, so they are turning to healthier organic, more naturally occurring foods that aren’t filled with ingredients that are being modified in a lab.
While officials push for more stringent labeling on products, to warn of high-risk ingredients like large amounts of sugar and sodium, the one a significant majority of Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about are those products containing GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms).Most developed nations around the world have either strict regulations on their use, or have banned them outright from being produced and sold at all. The U.S., however, has approved the use of GMO’s by the determination of studies conducted by the same companies that create them for sale. And based on a 2012 Mellman Group poll, overwhelmingly people have decided they want a healthy, natural alternative.
Today, Skout is the embodiment and culmination of the Pastega family’s love for the outdoors and their commitment to the Pacific Northwest. Determined to utilize sustainable environmental practices and proudly donating a portion of its proceeds to select humanitarian and environmental charities, Skout continues to live up to the spirit of its fellow adventurer, Jason’s beloved yellow Labrador, Scout, that inspired the company name.