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January 2017 Update

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! :) This past year has been quite a trek for us at Super Body Fuel, with a lot of milestones and changes – not the least of which was the business finally breaking even halfway through 2016! :p

I’m really looking forward to 2017. I think it will be a lot more fun. ;)

Here are the headlines:

  • Sale! 10% off this week with coupon code: TAKEOFF
  • Our vegan vitamin mix: finally shipping. Again.
  • DIY support including ingredients and published recipes.
  • Vanilla beans instead of vanilla extract: no more sugar!

Read on for the full story.

Things have been coming together. The product has improved so much, from better packaging to smoother rice protein and lysine to fart-free fiber sources and monkfruit with no stevia aftertaste. And soon, we’ll have our own custom vitamin premix again, providing an optimal micronutrient mix that I’m really excited to experience for myself and share with you.

Production is now a smooth and streamlined process, with an awesome team. Ben is now shipping your orders and managing the warehouse and ingredient supply, while Justin and Jamaica are manufacturing hundreds of bags a week with William’s part-time help. With daily operations safely in their capable hands, I am finally able to direct my attention to new initiatives and improvements for 2017, which I cannot wait to share with you all. :)

But first, we’re doing a New Year’s sale, just like last year, to help you out with your diet-related resolutions (or intentions, if you prefer) this year.

Use the coupon code TAKEOFF to take 10% off everything this week at Super Body Fuel.

And here’s some good news: After a delay of over two months, our second shipment of the custom vitamin premix has just been released from final testing and will be arriving soon. We hope to start using it within a couple weeks, instead of the Paradise Herbs vitamin we’ve been using in its place.

Even better, we’ve found a new vitamin manufacturer that will be able to process our orders much faster and provide us with a more reliable supply of the premix. So we look forward to not running out of it in the future! ;p

That also means that we can start selling the vitamin mix as a standalone product, as promised. A big part of what I want to do this year involves supporting the DIY community, starting with making the vitamin mix available, and then publishing our finalized recipes along with better educational content about nutrition and the practical side of getting started with DIY.

And yes, there are some recipe updates on the way. Aside from the vitamin mix, that includes using whole ground vanilla beans instead of a sugar-based vanilla extract for our vanilla-flavored variations. That way we’ll really have no amount of added sugar at all in our products! Plus it has a more complex, authentic flavor when you use the whole bean (or technically, the whole seed pod, for those of you with legume allergies). It’s kind of floral, actually.

More to come. In the meantime, enjoy the sale. If you have a subscription, feel free to cancel it and start a new one with the coupon code so you can get that 10% off. ;)

Thanks for your support, and best of luck with all your new endeavors in the new year. :)

Alex Cho Snyder (axcho)

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October 2016 Update

Hi everyone,

We’ve got a lot of news to share with you, some good, and some not so good.

Here’s what’s happened in the last couple months:

  • Started using our new, vegan vitamin mix, but ran out!
  • Hired two manufacturing technicians, Ben and Justin.
  • Monkfruit instead of stevia: no more weird aftertaste!
  • Added lysine: for a more balanced amino acid profile.
  • Acacia instead of inulin: fiber with fewer farts!

So, the biggest news is that we finally started using our vegan vitamin premix, after an unexpected month-long delay with the manufacturer. Awesome! The bad news is that we just ran out, after a surge in orders following a feature on Good Mythical Morning and another unforeseen delay with our second shipment of the premix. :(

According to the manufacturer, it should be ready in another couple weeks. From now on, we’ll expect a significant delay and plan accordingly. :p

In the meantime, we’ve rush-ordered a bunch of the vegetarian vitamins from Paradise Herbs, which some of you may remember from our Custom Body Fuel days. They are listed as vegetarian, but not vegan, most likely due to the Vitamin D3, usually derived from sheep’s wool. We’ll be using them as a stopgap measure for the next couple weeks until the second shipment of our vegan vitamin premix arrives.

If you’d prefer a refund, let us know and we’ll take care of that for you.

In other news, Ben and Justin have joined the Super Body Fuel team as of September, and are doing a great job as our new manufacturing technicians. You can thank them for cranking out all the orders you’ve gotten in the last month! :) Richard has been accepted into programming school and is now a full-time student here in San Francisco.

Here’s what is coming up:

  • More magnesium: based on estimated paleolithic intakes.
  • Bigger bags: 40-meal option for Schmilk and Keto Fuel.
  • Selling our vegan vitamin mix as a standalone product.

We’ve been transitioning our recipes to use acacia gum instead of inulin as a source of prebiotic fiber. Based on our tests (thank you, volunteers!), inulin is much more likely to cause gas than acacia gum, so we’ve phased it out along with the potentially allergenic psyllium husk and the similarly gas-inducing tapioca flour in Light Fuel.

Please let us know if you notice a difference! With any luck, it will be a good difference. ;)

Thanks as always,

Alex Cho Snyder (axcho)

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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)