Astronaut Foods awarded STEM.org authentication

May 28, 2024

STEM seal aligns with the celebration of the brand’s 50th anniversary

BOULDER, Colo. (May 28, 2024) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Astronaut Ice Cream, the original source for freeze-dried astronaut ice cream developed with NASA in 1974 is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious STEM.org Authenticated™ trustmark. STEM.org is the leading and exclusive third-party validator of STEM toys, games, and other learning resources. This recognition not only validates the educational value of Astronaut Foods, but also opens up new opportunities in the rapidly growing educational and STEM markets. The timing for receiving the authentication this year also coincides with the brand’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

“We are excited by the opportunity to expand further into STEM, which is especially timely as we celebrate half a century of Astronaut Foods and three generations of family ownership,” said Soraya Smith, President of Astronaut Foods. “Astronaut Ice Cream has helped inspire millions to think big and this authentication aligning with our anniversary is not just about what we’ve accomplished over the past 50 years; it’s about the future and the next generation of space enthusiasts and ice cream lovers. We look forward to reigniting this spark for the next generation through creative and hands-on initiatives.”

With a mission to provide engaging educational experiences, Astronaut Foods is poised to explore the development of educational kits for both home and classroom environments. The STEM.org trustmark, which will be proudly displayed on Astronaut Foods products, enables the company to connect with new audiences, forge partnerships, and secure retail placements.

“Astronaut Foods isn’t just a delicious nostalgia-packed snack, their products have been helping push the boundaries of space exploration, discoveries, and sparking curiosity of planetary sciences amongst students for the past 50 years,” said Andrew Raupp, Founder, and CEO of STEM.org. “We are excited to issue Astronaut Foods with the STEM.org Authenticated™ trustmark for their commitment to helping nurture quality educational experiences through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Benefits of the STEM.org Authenticated™ trustmark for Astronaut Foods include:

  • Retail Partner Fast-Tracking & SEO Optimization: The Authenticated™ trustmark facilitates faster integration with retail partners and enhances internal Search Engine Optimization, serving as an attribute filter on retailer websites.
  • Extensive Educational Network Access: Astronaut Foods gains access to a complimentary CAN-SPAM list with data on over 5,000 top-performing US K-12 STEM schools, reaching an audience of over 400,000 educators.
  • Promotion through STEM.org Channels: The authentication brings promotional opportunities through @stemdotorg social media channels and daily/weekly newsletters, reaching tens of thousands of followers.
  • Anti-Counterfeit Measures: The STEM.org Trustmark serves as an anti-counterfeit measure, ensuring the authenticity and quality of Astronaut Foods products in the market.

Astronaut Foods is excited about the possibilities that the STEM.org authentication brings, solidifying its commitment to education and creating a lasting impact on the future of STEM learning. To read more about this authentication, check out the blog post here.

For more information on Astronaut Foods, please visit: https://astronautfoods.com/

About Astronaut Foods

Founded in 1974 in conjunction with NASA and based in Boulder, Colorado, Astronaut Foods is the original source for freeze-dried ice cream — an out of this world treat. Today, the company sells freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches and freeze-dried fruit. Astronaut Foods can be found in museums, toy shops, amusement parks, and outdoor stores all across North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Astronaut Foods is dedicated to supporting people and organizations whose goal is to push the boundaries of space exploration and discovery. For more information and a complete list of products, visit https://astronautfoods.com/.

About American Outdoor Products

American Outdoor Products (AOP) is a food manufacturer located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, CO. Established in 1951, American Outdoor Products remains an independent, privately held, family-owned, and operated company distributing products throughout the world. Inspired by a passion for unique cuisine and exciting adventures, the company produces Backpacker’s Pantry, adventure food for the outdoors; Astronaut Foods, out-of-this-world novelty treats; Chef Soraya grab-and-go plant-based meals; and Colorado Spice, all-natural and organic artisan spice blends. To learn more, visit: https://backpackerspantry.com