Honestly, looking at the blog section below, it seems confusing.
If the ingredients list can’t be finalized until they approve the final sample… how is RFI sourcing ingredients for delivery already? What is it Soylent is approving - taste, texture, mixability? If any of this ISN’T approved, what could that mean but ordering and sourcing new ingredients to then be mixed and approved? If they aren’t changing ingredients at this point, why can’t they list an “unofficial” ingredient profile, since they already know what’s in it, if not amounts down to the microgram. If they are still in the ingredient testing and approving phase, why is there any ship date being given at all?
I really don’t understand how “these delays do not affect our projected ship date.” If they are still approving sample mixes, that leaves the possibility of disapproval, and what happens then? Hopefully today’s recap (if it happens) will clear some of it up.
As mentioned in the 10/15 update, we planned to use this recap to share the finalized ingredients list and nutritional breakdown. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to release this information, due to the following reasons:
- RFI took longer than they expected in blending the final bench sample, and still haven’t shipped it to us for final approval. They hope to ship it out today or this weekend, so we should receive it early next week.
- The ingredients list can’t be officially finalized until we approve the final sample.
- Only after the formula is finalized can RFI send out another sample batch to a third-party laboratory which will run the necessary tests to determine the final nutritional breakdown. This process takes 10 days and took us by surprise, as we believed that RFI would be able to establish the nutritional breakdown in their in-house lab.
These delays do not affect our projected ship date, as RFI began sourcing the long-lead-time ingredients (ie vitamin mix takes 6 weeks for delivery) as soon as we signed the PO.