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–Paso Robles native Catrina Brewer has invented a product and launched a kickstarter to help fund its launch. The Granola Bar Pan is designed to simplify and improve granola bar making for everyone.

Brewer grew up Paso Robles, CA, and is the daughter of Dean and Carrol Anderson. Brewer graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2002 and currently resides in Mesa, AZ.

Since Brewer was a young girl, she daydreamed about creating and selling a product that solved a problem. She grew up brainstorming ideas with her dad and his encouraging advice was, “It only takes one good idea [to get started].” For an elementary school project she and her dad made a “Sleeper Beeper” device that was used while driving to alert the driver if they fell asleep. Catrina was certain she would win a ribbon, but that day her invention didn’t win a prize. However, she learned that not all self-perceived “great” ideas are the best solutions to fix a problem.

Now as an adult, college graduate, wife, and mother, Brewer has found her way back into innovation. Her ideas build off the knowledge and experience that she acquired over the years in areas such as nutrition, food science, baking and of course determination and hard work.

Granola bars easily release from the pan without needing liners or non-stick spray
because of the inherent non-stick property of pure silicone made for simple, quick cleanup – hand wash with soap and warm water or place in the top rack of the dishwasher. The pan has been created with easy storage in mind — simply put in a cupboard or hang from a hook.

The team has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign at granolabarpan.com which runs only 6 a.m. (PDT), March 13 to 6 a.m. (PDT), April 12, in order to raise $40,000 to pay for the start-up costs and to order our first batch of Granola Bar Pans. Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” crowdfunding platform, meaning that they must reach their goal of $40,000 to receive the donations. As of today they have raised $5,265.

Brewer enlisted the design help of Hugo Haselhuhn, a Design Engineer and Paso Robles local.  His expertise is injection molded product design, mechanical design and high-volume manufacturing. He and his grandson are also the authors of the Lucas Lightfoot series middle-grade chapter books.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.