Spotlight Series: Nutrient Survival

We recently came across Nutrient Survival during our research for American made survival supplies. They definitely stand out compared to the other emergency food supply companies we looked at, so we immediately knew we wanted to reach out and learn more about this great company.

We got connected with Eric Christianson, the CEO of Nutrient Survival. Below is his story about how Nutrient Survival came to be, their mission, and tons more behind-the-scenes insights on what makes them tick. Our questions are marked with “AAO,” and Eric’s answers have “NS” beside them. We hope you enjoy this inside look at Nutrient Survival!

Behind the Scenes of Nutrient Survival

AAO: Give us a look inside the history of Nutrient Survival. How did y’all grow up into the company you are today?

NS: A few short years ago, as the health crisis swept over the globe, it was clear that the world would never be the same. Most people were ill-prepared to sustain a disruption of this magnitude. And it showed. Supply chains dried up. Grocery store shelves emptied out. Restaurants closed down. Rationing food supplies became a reality. For those few who were well stocked with emergency food for just such an eventuality, they soon realized that they’d been duped. The “survival food” they depended on was instead empty, dead calories, void of the essential nutrients we need to live. Ironically, their survival food did nothing for them, and if that’s all they ended up having, they would, instead, die.

We decided to do something about that. So we started a new food tech company called Nutrient Survival, based in Reno-Tahoe, in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada. Here, we make the world’s most nutrient-dense emergency food. Top shelf. Delicious. Special Ops grade nutrition.

Handcrafted in small batches right here on site, our chef-made recipes use real, fresh ingredients and are then fortified with our patented combination of 40 essential nutrients to help keep Americans healthy, strong, and alert.

Since our humble beginnings on Independence Day 2020, we have grown from just an idea to a successful multi-million dollar company, serving over 50,000 customers across our country and counting.

AAO: What made you want to get started?

NS: I’m an Army veteran. After serving many years in the military, I made a career as an accomplished Executive at some of the most esteemed Fortune 100 food companies in the U.S., including Procter & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, and Perdue Farms.

Having seen first-hand what our food was coming to in this country – factory farmed, ultra-processed, artificial ingredients, empty calories void of nutrition – and more so, what our food was doing to us – making us sick, impaired, and dependent on pills – it was time to break-away. It was time to lead change.

Nutrient Survival CEO, Eric Christianson

While we started making emergency food to give people the essential nutrition they need to survive an eventuality, the truth is we’re not a food company at all. We’re a Freedom company that happens to sell food. Today, we offer our nutrient-dense food and drinks for emergency, everyday performance, and brain health.

AAO: How many U.S. based employees do you have and in what locations?

NS: Based out of Reno-Tahoe, we are an end-to-end food manufacturer with 35 employees.

AAO: Why do you choose to manufacture in the U.S.?

NS: We love America first. We need to keep jobs at home, so we keep the dollars at home and remain free from foreign dependence. There are already enough Big Companies sending production overseas to pad their bottom lines and keep their shareholders happy.

For us, we care more about other things than fat profits. We know we’ll be ok if we do things right, the way they ought to be. We just can’t imagine doing it any other way.

Our Favorite Nutrient Survival Products

Below are some of Nutrient Survival’s most popular products. I tried many of them and can confirm they are quite tasty (and nutritious) for emergency supply food.

14-Day Emergency Food Supply Bucket

14 days of emergency food supplies filled with quality calories that actually taste good. Check it out here.

Brain Omega 3 Bar

An all-natural snack bar that supports brain performance. Packed with tons of Omega-3s! View it on their website here.

Best Seller Variety Sampler

A sampling of their most popular recipes that you can try for yourself to see what you want to get more of.

Tactical Rifleman Operation Valkyrie Bug Out Bag

Every prepper needs a bug out bag. This one has all the essentials from Nutrient Survival.

Unabashedly American

AAO: What do your customers love most about Nutrient Survival and your products?

NS: I spend a lot of time with our customers. Of course, they love what we do with our delicious, nutritious food. But what they appreciate beyond that is how we do business and the American values we unabashedly stand for. Check us out, and you’ll know what I mean.

AAO: What makes your products unique vs. the competition?

NS: Unlike other manufactured food that’s completely void of nutrition, our food is made by hand, from scratch, with fresh ingredients and then fortified with a patented combination of 40 essential nutrients – 14 vitamins, 14 minerals, 9 protein amino acids, 2 omega fatty acids – Omega 3 & 6, and fiber. It’s specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of the US military for our Special Operations Forces. The result is six times more nutrition than any other brand. While it’s good enough to sustain our Nation’s most elite warriors through the most extreme situations, our food is actually intended for people like us.

The Future

AAO: What gets you excited about the future of Nutrient Survival? Where are you headed?

NS: We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past 3 ½ years, but are just getting going. Our roots are in emergency food; we’ll always stay true to that and do it the way we have. But we’re very excited about another chapter in our journey focused on brain health. After all, you need a sound body and mind to endure. This line is called BrainCare and features our new hit wonder, Brain Omega 3 Bar. Made with sweet, ripe figs, dark chocolate, and tart cranberry pieces, each delicious bar is packed with 1,948mg of Omega 3s (EPA+DHA+ALA). That’s as much Omega 3 as a fillet of salmon, but without the fishy taste. Then, we pack it with our patent-pending combination of 40 essential nutrients, including 27 vitamins and minerals and 8g of protein to boost your brain’s performance. Of course, you could take pills forever like Big Pharma wants you to, or you can eat your way to a brilliant brain that’ll last you as long as you live.

Thanks so much to Eric and the team for sharing their story! We hope you enjoyed this inside look at Nutrient Survival as much as we did.

About The Author



Mike leads research on the team, writes, and manages the YouTube channel. He’s been buying products made in the USA for as long as he can remember. It’s in his blood, growing up working in American manufacturing.