About Us

 

Our Story

Before Kate Schade started her own energy bar company in 2010, she was rockin’ the skier life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Between days on the slopes and nights waiting tables, Kate was always on the move—and she needed healthy food that could keep her going. Her solution became the original Tram Bar: a pocket-sized energy bar made from the tastiest organic ingredients she could find.

Once Kate perfected her recipe, she started sharing her bars with friends in the mountain tram line. It didn’t take long before she established a loyal following; the Tram Bar was an instant favorite! After a few years of steady encouragement, Kate finally decided to take on her greatest adventure: selling her bars.

Today, the Tram Bar-along with five more amazing flavors-goes by the name Kate’s Real Food and continues to inspire people as they pursue a healthy lifestyle. We've stayed true to our roots: making great-tasting food using wholesome, organic ingredients to fuel your next great adventure.

Our Values

Clean Ingredients

At Kate’s, we believe that what you eat matters. That’s why we use only clean ingredients in all our products. From organic gluten-free oats to organic dark chocolate, we want each bite to contain the best-quality, best-tasting, healthiest foods we can get our hands on.

This means no chemicals and no artificial sweeteners. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Kate’s prefers organic fruits--like dried cherries or dried mango--and all natural honey (our sweetener-of-choice). In other words, we keep it simple: only whole foods with great texture and ingredients you recognize.

Sustainable Practices

Providing you with all natural, organic ingredients is just the beginning of our vision. Kate’s ongoing sustainable practices are an integral part of our company’s culture and production. As an organization, we prioritize sustainability by recycling plastics, glass, paper, metals and cardboard.

Down to each box, lightbulb and wrapper, we are finding ways to reduce waste. Kate’s celebrates every adventure, knowing that we all have a special connection to the land. We are committed to our role in protecting, sustaining and enjoying the beauty of the natural world.

Great Taste

The only thing better than healthy food is healthy food that tastes great. And that’s where Kate’s comes in: each product is a sweet-and-savory recipe of ingredients like organic peanut butter and sea salt, organic almond butter and organic coconut, organic sesame seeds and organic raisins.

The combination of these whole-food ingredients means that every bite has its own unique mix of flavors and textures. Crunchy, chewy—and everything in between. Kate’s goal is to keep your taste buds happy while we fuel your next adventure.

Our Team

Kate Schade
Founder & Co-Owner
Bruce Thaler
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Owner
Matt O'Rell
VP of Sales
Jessica Kraft
Chief Operating Officer
Brittany Thaler
Chief Marketing Officer
McKenzie Blair
Sales Director – Alternative Channels
Brandi Zombro
Financial & Administrative Business Manager
Christine Mock
Teton Sales Manager
Elizabeth Hooks
Director of Customer Experience
Michael Richardson
Sales Director - West
Jimmy Christensen
Sales Director - East
Jordan Hicks
Regional Sales Manager
Lauren Starcevich
Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager
Mike West
Production Manager
Steve Seltzer
Mid Atlantic Sales
Sarah Steinwand
Public Relations Account Manager
Shannon Begley
Fulfillment Coordinator
Willy Warner
Production Lead

About Us

 

Our Story

Before Kate Schade started her own energy bar company in 2010, she was rockin’ the skier life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Between days on the slopes and nights waiting tables, Kate was always on the move—and she needed healthy food that could keep her going. Her solution became the original Tram Bar: a pocket-sized energy bar made from the tastiest organic ingredients she could find.

Once Kate perfected her recipe, she started sharing her bars with friends in the mountain tram line. It didn’t take long before she established a loyal following; the Tram Bar was an instant favorite! After a few years of steady encouragement, Kate finally decided to take on her greatest adventure: selling her bars.

Today, the Tram Bar-along with five more amazing flavors-goes by the name Kate’s Real Food and continues to inspire people as they pursue a healthy lifestyle. We've stayed true to our roots: making great-tasting food using wholesome, organic ingredients to fuel your next great adventure.

Our Values

Clean Ingredients

At Kate’s, we believe that what you eat matters. That’s why we use only clean ingredients in all our products. From organic gluten-free oats to organic dark chocolate, we want each bite to contain the best-quality, best-tasting, healthiest foods we can get our hands on.

This means no chemicals and no artificial sweeteners. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Kate’s prefers organic fruits--like dried cherries or dried mango--and all natural honey (our sweetener-of-choice). In other words, we keep it simple: only whole foods with great texture and ingredients you recognize.

Sustainable Practices

Providing you with all natural, organic ingredients is just the beginning of our vision. Kate’s ongoing sustainable practices are an integral part of our company’s culture and production. As an organization, we prioritize sustainability by recycling plastics, glass, paper, metals and cardboard.

Down to each box, lightbulb and wrapper, we are finding ways to reduce waste. Kate’s celebrates every adventure, knowing that we all have a special connection to the land. We are committed to our role in protecting, sustaining and enjoying the beauty of the natural world.

Great Taste

The only thing better than healthy food is healthy food that tastes great. And that’s where Kate’s comes in: each product is a sweet-and-savory recipe of ingredients like organic peanut butter and sea salt, organic almond butter and organic coconut, organic sesame seeds and organic raisins.

The combination of these whole-food ingredients means that every bite has its own unique mix of flavors and textures. Crunchy, chewy—and everything in between. Kate’s goal is to keep your taste buds happy while we fuel your next adventure.

Our Team

Kate Schade
Founder & Co-Owner
Bruce Thaler
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Owner
Matt O'Rell
VP of Sales
Jessica Kraft
Chief Operating Officer
Brittany Thaler
Chief Marketing Officer
McKenzie Blair
Sales Director – Alternative Channels
Brandi Zombro
Financial & Administrative Business Manager
Christine Mock
Teton Sales Manager
Elizabeth Hooks
Director of Customer Experience
Michael Richardson
Sales Director - West
Jimmy Christensen
Sales Director - East
Jordan Hicks
Regional Sales Manager
Lauren Starcevich
Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager
Mike West
Production Manager
Steve Seltzer
Mid Atlantic Sales
Sarah Steinwand
Public Relations Account Manager
Shannon Begley
Fulfillment Coordinator
Willy Warner
Production Lead