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Industry digest: Loads of launches | startup closes its doors

Every week we collect the latest trends and research across the health and nutrition space, helping you catch up on current industry news and highlights.

Personalised wellness startup shuts down

Arivale, a personalised wellness startup, shut down unexpectedly on 24 April—bringing an abrupt end to its ambition to transform the lives of Americans. The company offered ongoing wellness and nutritional coaching tailored to the results of each person’s genetic, blood and microbiome tests.  All of the Seattle-based company’s 120 employees were let go. Arivale raised more than $50 million over its lifetime. In a message to Arivale customers, the company attributed the decision to “the simple fact that the cost of providing the service exceeds what customers can pay for it.”
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Arivale

New cognitive supplement to launch at Vitafoods Europe

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical will be introducing its new cognitive health supplement, MGCPQQ, to the European market at Vitafoods Europe. The all natural ingredient is made up of Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), which is essentially a non-protein chemical compound found in soil and foods like kiwifruit. MGCPQQ, included on the European Union’s list of Novel Foods in 2018, is the most widely researched and tested ingredient of its kind.
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Arla Foods fizzes up for sports nutrition

Arla Foods will be introducing a new ingredient for the sports nutrition category: Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear. The 100% whey protein hydrolysate solution is specially developed for formulating sparkling protein waters. Full-scale factory trials have shown that Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear can be used to produce sparkling water products with up to 6% protein—suitable for sports drinks manufacturers to create crystal-clear, sparkling, high-protein RTD beverages with strong health credentials.
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Juice Plus + fined over false marketing 

The UK-based Juice Plus + has been fined with a €1 million penalty fee by Italy’s Competition and Marketing Authority (AGCM) for marketing practices in breach of EU advertising law. AGCM found evidence of the company’s salespeople posing themselves as consumers, promoting the product’s benefits and assuring weight loss results on Facebook and through over 600 online groups.
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AGCM

Soylent launches first food product

Soylent, a US company that specialises in meal replacement beverages, has launched its first food-based product. Soylent Squared are 100 calorie snack-size protein bars—designed to be consumed as mini-meals. Soylent is new to the UK market and British customers can shop their products online or through Amazon.
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New York Times

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