American here. I have a severe allergy to several tree nuts (and, no, not coconut, even though I realize that coconut is classified as a tree nut for the time being within the USA ((although perhaps not for much longer))).
I’ve used 1.1 for a bit a long time ago, but took a break for unrelated reasons (mainly because I lived in a very remote area). Always was happy with Huel, though, especially because it is easy to find/order no matter where in the developed world I am (such as a year long assignment on a different continent), compared with products such as Soylent, which are very regionally limited. Unneeded background: I am an engineer, and having consistent nutrients and exercise when traveling on assignments is an underpinning pillar of my lifestyle. Huel is able to deliver on this in spades.
It seems as though with 3.0, the formula for Huel has been further globally streamlined, which is awesome (aside from some vitamin levels to conform to different regulatory bodies).
Now, even though the formula for the powdered product is unified/globally consistent, can we get better information, perhaps online, as to updates concerning where the Huel is manufactured and when manufacturing lines/facilities/processes change? There are several posts concerning altering of manufacturing lines for bars and such (I am only interested in the powders), but, for peace of mind, is there any way to see when factories or facilities are altered?
My Huel 3.0 product states that it was manufactured in Canada, for distribution in USA via Brooklyn. Now that Huel is attempting global consistency with its formula (for better or for worse), I think it would make sense to have a continually updated list of manufacturing facilities or lines that are used (obviously location would not have to be provided, but something such as Canada Facility 2 Line 4 – Black v3.0 Powder, Canada Facility 3 Line 2 – Bars CHANGED JAN 3) or something like that.
For a product that removes the thought of how I am going to shop for ingredients and prepare meals from my daily routine (freeing up mental space and time for other tasks), I feel that it is counterproductive to have to search online and read through forum posts for any potential “gotchas” with regard to manufacturing process changes, etc., which in my case can be life threatening if I am remiss in doing so. A centralized list with dates and updates would greatly streamline the process, as to something I can check once per order and crossreference with the SKU on my received product.
Huel is great in providing updates in the form of leaflets with regard to, for example, kelp, but I think that some further problems would be alleviated (for people with immune problems such as myself) or at least make Huel more appealing to those who might be on the fence with regard to allergy concerns. For those who would say “well do you do this with every product you purchase,” the answer is, yes, always reading new packaging, and I hardly buy prepackaged goods. Also, very large and established companies/conglomerates tend to not alter production lines and products nearly as frequently as smaller health food or powdered food type companies.
Thank you for your time!
As a followup: Is Huel powder manufactured from Canada on shared equipment with tree nuts that are not coconut?