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August 2016 Update

Hi everyone,

We’ve been overdue for an update. There’s a lot to say, but most importantly, we’re hiring! :D

We’re looking to add two people to our manufacturing team over the next few weeks, so if you know anyone in San Francisco who might be interested, please spread the word! :) Here’s a link to the job description:
http://superbodyfuel.com/blog/manufacturing-technician/

So, here’s what happened this summer:

  • Started selling sample sizes of all our products!
  • New rice protein supplier: milder flavor, still organic.
  • Adjusted scoop sizes: corrected for compacted powder.
  • New supply tracking system: no more ingredient shortages.

We switched from Ortiva rice protein to Gabiotein after getting a couple complaints from customers who thought the taste was worse than before, when we were using Oryzatein. Now, I don’t think anyone could say that – the flavor is about as bland as you can get, and when it comes to protein powder, that’s a good thing. ;)

We also implemented an automated system of ingredient tracking, which calculates the amount of each ingredient we have in stock based on our batch records and our receiving logs. This solves the problem of suddenly realizing that we’re out of potassium citrate and then being backlogged for a week while we wait for a new shipment. So you can look forward to more reliable turnaround times for your orders!

And here’s what is coming up:

  • Hiring two new manufacturing technicians.
  • New vegan vitamin mix: just waiting on testing…
  • Monkfruit instead of stevia: no more weird aftertaste!
  • New fiber sources: iterating toward a fart-free formula.

Our eagerly awaited vitamin premix was manufactured in late July. But it has been stuck in testing… literally. :p Too much xanthan gum for the lab equipment to handle, apparently. We are anxiously awaiting resolution of this issue.

Also, we recently discovered that a nontrivial fraction of our customers have experienced a lot of gas from our products (more from Light Fuel, less from Schmilk). We’re currently running experiments with as many brave volunteers as we can muster, in order to find the fiber sources that cause the least gas for the most people. If you’d like to be a guinea pig as well, please let us know! :)

Richard has been transitioning from manufacturing to a part-time scripting role with Super Body Fuel, and is now applying to schools to pursue a career in programming! His brother Matt started working with us this summer, and you’ll probably be hearing more from him in the coming months.

But we still need to hire two more people, just to keep up – and to free up my time from shipping out your orders every day, so I can finish up the website like I’ve been promising for the last few months! ;)

So please check out the job description and share it with your SF friends. Thank you! :)

Alex Cho Snyder (axcho)

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March 2016 Update

Hi everyone,

Happy March! :) We’ve been busy with a lot of projects here at Super Body Fuel.

Here’s what we’ve been working on in February:

  • Monthly subscriptions: $5 off per pack for automatic reorders
  • Credit card payment option: not just PayPal anymore
  • New rice protein supplier: smoother texture, milder flavor, organic

At long last, automatic monthly subscriptions are now available, with a discount to reward our repeat customers! :) You can find them at the end of the Shop page on our site. We’ve also been approved for a new credit card processor, which provides a welcome alternative to PayPal.

We’re also about to start using a new rice protein, Ortiva, which is smoother and milder in taste than the Oryzatein brand we’d been using previously. Plus it’s organic! ;) We’ve been busy tweaking all our recipes to account for the slight change in flavor.

And here’s what is about to happen in March:

  • Bulk packaging: all the powder in one bag with a scoop
  • Vitamin premix: finalizing the formula with manufacturers

We are extremely close to rolling out our new bulk packaging. We’ve got the new mylar pouches, and we’ve been testing scoops of various sizes and styles. After we have updated our scoop specifications to account for the lower density of the new rice protein, we will be transitioning as soon as we can.

We’ve also been working with a number of manufacturers on a custom vitamin premix, and this month we expect to pin down the formula and pricing. From that point, it may be up to two months before we receive the premix and can start using it in our products. But we’re really looking forward to having our own vegan vitamin mix, made to our specifications with the most bioavailable compounds in the optimal amounts for human health and performance.

Hope you’re excited too! :) This is all a work in progress – so please, let us know what you think. Your feedback has already helped shape the direction of Super Body Fuel.

Thanks again,

Alex Cho Snyder (axcho)

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February 2016 Update

Hi everyone,

A lot has been happening this year at Super Body Fuel! :)

Here’s what happened in January:

  • International shipping! :D Now shipping everywhere in the world.
  • New pricing: lower base prices, separate shipping, no bulk discount.
  • Light Fuel upgrade: more protein, gluten-free oat-based taste.
  • Schmoylent discontinued in favor of new Light Fuel and Schmilk.

You can read more about the international shipping and pricing change here, and the new Light Fuel recipe and discontinuing Schmoylent here. There are still a few packs of Schmoylent left, by the way, so hurry if you want it!

And here’s what we’re considering for February:

  • Monthly subscriptions: 10% off per pack for automatic reorders
  • Bulk packaging: all the powder in one bag with a single-meal scoop

Given the pricing change, we’re thinking of offering a discount on automatic monthly subscriptions, in order to reward our repeat customers. This effectively replaces the bulk discount that used to reward larger orders.

We’ve also started gathering feedback from our repeat customers about some proposed packaging changes. The majority have responded in favor of switching to one big, resealable foil bag per pack, with a scoop that measures 1/4 of a day’s powder. This improves durability, shelf life, visual appeal, flexibility of meals, and has the potential to reduce costs and packaging waste in the long run.

What do you think? :) Let us know and help shape the future of Super Body Fuel!

Thanks as always,

Alex Cho Snyder (axcho)