The real seasons Soylent was banned from Canada


@erichsalvesen So you don’t want them to expand into France then? 20% of Canadians speak French and it’s one of our two official languages. We have rules and laws just like the states. Companies have to abide by them. What I find interesting is that our nutritional requirements have a stricter standard than in the US. It does suck for Canadians that Soylent was reclassified from the general category of “food” into the more precise category “meal replacement” but I’d rather know that Soylent doesn’t provide 100% of my body’s daily requirements if I had planned on consuming only Soylent. You know someone, somewhere would have sued them if they turned out to be vitamin deficient after only eating Soylent, something that touts itself as a complete meal replacement. I hope they do reformulate. I imagine the EU has similar standards to Canada and I’d like to see them be able to expand and grow the Soylent brand.


Wait, so you think everything categorized as ‘food’ in Canada provides 100% of your ‘daily requirements’?

Unless I’m misreading, you seem to not understand this whole thing as much as some others, just in the opposite way kinda.

Edit: I think I misread/am too tired. Cant tell, I’ll give it another go tomorrow.


@brm415 I think you misread my response. In Canada they recently changed the category from “food” to “meal replacement” which triggered the stricter requirements. That’s why they had to pull out of Canada because they couldn’t meet those stricter requirements. At least not yet anyways. I’m hopeful that they can get a product to market but I think they have quite a challenge on their hands. It has to be hard to meet those requirements and make a product that tastes half decent and the public wants. I don’t envy them at all.


There are video in which Rob states it is not intended to replace every meal. I understand your views on this but does anyone know when these Canadian restrictions were first implemented compared to the United States restrictions. I would be interested in seeing which one is in need of updating to todays medical standards.
By the way, just a side, but I’ve known way more people from East Indian decent than French and yet their language is not enforced to be put on every single thing in this country.
That’s kind of one thing that should be updated here.


Can we all agree that the company just needs to dumb down Soylent so it’s on par with all the BS fast food joints here. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::us::canada:


Our product development cycle is a year at the earliest.


That’s not too bad really all things considered.


October then for the new Canuck version? I wanna Maple & Poutine flavor to be considered next.Uhh this will be a rough summer then.

Soylent now unavailable in Canada

Okay but any longer than October 30 and a certain someones doorstep will be visited by a flaming bag of Soylent. :us::canada::poop::fire:

Soylent now unavailable in Canada

That seems like an unrealistic expectation to draw from “at the earliest.”

I have no insider information, but I’ll be genuinely shocked if any new formulation is released in Canada within 2018. Just look at how long it has taken to bring the strawberry flavor to market, for example, which existed in some kind of experimental or beta form back in April 2017 (when a few bottles were given out as part of a promotion) and still isn’t planned for release until a goal date of late summer 2018 (according to the latest AMA).


Conor mentioned that the gaming community in Canada is one of the drives.
Hopefully October will see an end to the waiting …it’s pure garbage that the government can force this situation when it’s already been three years of sales.

Soylent now unavailable in Canada

Why not use sucrose?


The statement that it is not intended to replace every meal is also repeated on the box packages. In fact one of the border officers (Canada/US) pointed this out when we described it as a “meal replacement” bringing it back to Canada. So I’m still puzzled as to why the reclassification :frowning:


For clarity, this was going to happen regardless of verbiage on the box. No marketing campaign or change in words caused this to happen. From the CFIA side we are nutrition in a bottle, no matter what we call ourselves the only comparable products are meal replacements. Therefor we got slotted into said category. We are working on an exemption to that categorization.



So, I’m guessing the solution for this issue is an exemption rather than reformulation? Would that be a correct assumption for the position - or course of action - Rosa Labs is taking to get Soylent back into the Canadian market?


A reformulation is a last resort, basically by Canadian standards it won’t really be complete nutrition with a reformulation. We would prefer cost wise and philosophically to keep the product in the realm of complete nutrition.


Just remember if you need an army of Canadians to support you let us know when and how.


Two wet-naps with a ketchup packet and classify under Canadian fast food. This is killer Conor… I know it’s not the companies fault and my situation could easily benefit from 100% powder again right now.
…so hangry…too many deadlines…building a TONY MONTANA Soylent desk. :face_with_raised_eyebrow::canada::hamburger::fries::hotdog::pizza:


Interesting tweet:

@BBCWorld: Canadian politician says a family can eat on $75 a week


Maybe if it’s 1992.