Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
It’s a recipe for success when a small food startup can blend a great idea with the expertise of a food startup accelerator and the resources of a Fortune 500 company. A delicious and highly collaborative case in point comes from Bennett Reck, founder of Ripe Gelato, a Washington, D.C.-based startup that produces organic, non-dairy, avocado-based gelato.
When he was young, Eric Villency enjoyed listening to his grandfather, furniture designer Maurice Villency, tell stories about his work. “My grandfather had such a passion for design-it was infectious,” he says. “I loved to hear him talk about not only his furniture and the art he made, but also the artists and designers he admired.”
The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles a different business leader from around the world. This week we speak to Ben Francis, founder of UK sportswear brand Gymshark. It is hard to know how a then 19-year-old Ben Francis had the time or the energy to get Gymshark up and running.
The Wanderlust brand of four-day retreats and one-day festival turns ten next year, its evolution paralleling greater trends in the mindful fitness space. Sixty-five full-time employees and thousands of local and temporary employees now execute 60 events annually, including the new Wellspring conference in Palm Springs.
Between homework, tests, problems at home and in their social lives, kids are under intense pressure. More than a quarter of teens report feeling extreme stress during the school year, according to a 2013 survey from the American Psychological Association.
It’s 9:30 a.m. on a weekday, and a growing line of women is forming on a busy Midtown block in New York City. Is a celeb graciously posing for pics? A café handing out free matcha? Nope. These women are waiting their turn to climb aboard a buttercup yellow van to have their fertility tested.
The Coca-Cola Company has showcased a new vending machine in China which features facial recognition and allows consumers to return used packaging. Called VenCycling, the machine has a voice interactive system and it is said to make purchasing and recycling a variety of Coca-Cola beverages “more efficient and intelligent”.
I’m walking through Mount Sinai Health System’s library on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, surrounded by medical students studying and furiously clacking on their keyboards. My destination? A classroom in the corner of the library that’s marked only by a small sign that says “Lab 100.”
Low-cost exercise chain The Gym Group has appointed former Tesco director Mark George as its chief finance officer. George was most recently the deputy at car dealing company Auto Trader and has also held senior finance positions at Tesco and fashion house Asos. He will join The Gym Group at the end of the month.
In a push toward sustainability, HelloFresh is incorporating recycle-able and biodegradable packaging into its meal kits to help reduce landfill waste HelloFresh is making changes to become a more eco-friendly meal subscription box with its new packaging.