Welltodo Today: Social Media Driving Wellness, Hong Kong’s Boutique Fitness Boom, Bannatyne Group’s European Expansion


Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.

Bannatyne Group targeting European expansion after record turnover

A focus on ‘affordable luxury’ has seen health club operator The Bannatyne Group achieve its highest ever turnover – resulting in the group setting its sights on an expansion into Europe. “We recognise it’s getting harder to find properties in the UK and within five years, I’d like to think we’ll be entering Europe,” said Bannatyne CEO Justin Musgrove in an interview with Health Club Management.

Founder of venture-funded activewear startup Outdoor Voices explains why she doesn’t want to build the next Nike and why she’s inspired by Elon Musk

Outdoor Voices is an athletic wear company founded by 29-year-old entrepreneur Tyler Haney. From the start, Tyler Haney’s strategy for Outdoor Voices was simple: to create the world’s No. 1 athletics brand, eventually overtaking more established brands like Lululemon or Under Armour. The brand

Moon Juice’s first-ever skin-care collection harnesses the power of shrooms

When Moon Juice first launched, founder Amanda Chantal Bacon had one mission in mind: healing and enhancing people’s bodies from the inside out. To help satisfy her goal, she enlisted the help of adaptogenic nut milks and juices, pantry must-haves, cult-favorite “dusts,” and-most recently-a stress-busting supplement.

‘Social media has made Britain healthier’, says vegan Instagram star

A well known vegan chef has claimed that “social media has made Britain healthier”. Gaz Oakley who is known for creating vegan versions of well-known meat dishes, thinks sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are leading a boom in healthy eating.

Why the Frozen-Food Aisle Is Hot Right Now

Some savvy food makers are succeeding by refreshing old frozen food brands and taking smart steps to entice health-conscious shoppers.

Pay-as-you-go classes reviving Hong Kong’s fitness industry

Hong Kong’s workout world has been rocked over the last two years by the shock closures of several fitness gyms, but the expansion of Flex Studio, and the opening of Studio WXS in costly Central, is signalling a resurgence

Mike Hedges to ‘spearhead expansion’ as Propercorn CEO

Snacking brand Propercorn has hired former Tyrrells MD Mike Hedges as CEO to work alongside founders Cassandra Stavrou and Ryan Kohn. Hedges was appointed by the business “to spearhead expansion into new international markets and drive a range of new innovative products” it said.

From Sephora to Barney’s, retailers bet on the nebulous wellness industry

Take a look at the “Wellness” section on Anthropologie’s website and you’ll find aromatherapy pendants, beauty elixirs, and even crystal-filtered water bottles. “Each stone blend enhances your water with specific energetic benefits,” reads the description for a $98 gemstone water container. In total, there are nearly 450 “wellness” products for sale on anthropologie.com.


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