18 March 2019 | News
Complete Nutrition Company Boosts Female Leadership Team, Appoints Industry Veteran From Vega
Soylent Nutrition has announced that Julie Daoust will serve as Soylent’s new VP of Product Development and Innovation. In this role, Daoust will support the company's ambitious product innovation agenda as Soylent works to bring complete nutrition to all consumers. Previously, Daoust served as the Senior Director of Research & Innovation and the leader of the sustainability portfolio at Vega, a Danone brand that pioneered the plant-based nutrition category.
“Innovation is cornerstone to what Soylent is as a company, and we’re thrilled to have an industry leader like Julie lead our product development team,” said Bryan Crowley, Soylent’s CEO. “Her extensive sustainability and innovation experience will help us achieve our mission of making complete, sustainable nutrition accessible, appealing, and affordable for all.”
Prior to joining Vega’s research and innovation team in 2013, Daoust received her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Her extensive research focused on bioprospecting for new drug leads found in marine organisms. Daoust’s passion for chemistry and plant-based nutrition led her to pursue a career in the food and supplement industry, where she started as a QA scientist at Canadian health supplement manufacturer Clef Des Champs. Throughout her career, Daoust has strived to bring nutrient-dense products to market to support consumer health through food, and now brings her passion for sustainability and performance nutrition to Soylent.
“I’ve been watching Soylent from the sidelines since its crowdfunding debut, and am honored to join such a strong team that’s committed to innovation and charged with entrepreneurial spirit,” said Daoust. “All of the elements are in place for us to bring a new wave of innovative, sustainable products to consumers. I truly believe that Soylent is the perfect platform for new food technologies to come to market and make real progress in bringing an end to food voids.”
Soylent is a pioneer in food technology, producing delicious, functional foods, with complete nutrition that are good for the body and the planet. In 2013, Founder & Chairman Rob Rhinehart developed the first iteration in his kitchen after recognizing the need for a simpler, more efficient food source. The company has grown to become both a disruptor and a driver in the Food Tech world. Soylent is on a mission to eliminate unhealthy and unsustainable food voids for consumers everywhere, and its line of products are engineered from the ground-up to provide the vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and protein that the body needs - all in a convenient, ready-to-drink package. Soylent’s latest online product launch, Soylent Bridge, serves as an in-between meal, creating a more complete and nutritious way to get you to your next meal in a lighter, lower-calorie option. Soylent’s innovative products include Original Powder, Cacao Powder, Cafe Mocha Powder and 14oz Ready-to-Drink bottles available in Original, Cacao, Strawberry, Vanilla, Cafe Mocha, Cafe Vanilla, and Cafe Chai. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.