SAN DIEGO – Wellness and fitness supplement maker Unico Nutrition collaborated with animal-free whey protein producer Perfect Day, Inc., to reformulate its Apollo protein powder.
Unico’s revamped formula for the product now includes both traditional dairy – grass-fed, animal-based protein – and whey made through precision fermentation.
“We chose to include Perfect Day’s ingredient in our flagship protein line because we believe that we have a responsibility to our customers and to our planet to be as ecologically efficient as we can,” said Lance Herrington, Unico’s founder and chief executive officer. “Our goal is to consume the least amount of resources as possible in the production of our product, while still retaining its quality.”
Per Perfect Day, its precision fermentation process reduces water consumption up to 99%, greenhouse gas emissions up to 97% and energy use up to 60% compared to traditional production methods.
The new hybrid protein powder from Unico, called Apollo II, also includes egg white, and its creators said the new version of the product was formulated to build lean muscle more effectively than whey alone. Per Unico, the product is optimized for diet and weight loss, with cross-flow filtration removing “all excess fats, sugars, and carbohydrates to keep you full for 6-8 hours while added protease enzymes aid in digestion to eliminate bloating and discomfort.”
Said Paul Vraciu, head of commercial for Perfect Day: “This first-of-its-kind hybrid product, combining the best of traditional dairy and our dairy from fermentation, marks an exciting new chapter in how we are extending our kinder, greener impact. Unico’s Apollo II brings to life what’s possible when you are deeply committed to collaboration. We’re thrilled that we continue to find new ways to empower our B2B partners to meet the demands of their consumers without compromise.”
Unico is selling its hybrid protein powder online at its website, with six of the brand’s most popular flavors available: vanilla, chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, birthday cake, strawberry and banana.