When we set out to develop a protein supplement, we had a few non-negotiables: First, it had to follow the science (we’re all about clinical testing and third-party quality certification); second, it had to offer life stage-specific formulas; and last—but certainly not least—it had to be unquestionably delicious. After all, the better something tastes, the easier it is to incorporate into a healthy habit.
The result? Essential Protein, the first traceable protein shake of its kind. Created in collaboration with ADM’s WILD Flavors (an esteemed flavor house with remarkable Traceability standards), and infused with hand-selected vanilla bean extract sustainably harvested in Madagascar—courtesy of ADM’s partnership with Sahanala, a Madagascar-based nonprofit—it’s a tasty way to help fill dietary gaps and support muscle protein synthesis.*
We spoke with Ratovojaona Benjamin, one of our vanilla farmers, to get the brief on the beans.