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Industrye-commerce, sports supplements, fitness
FoundedGreater Manchester, England (2005, 16 years ago)
FounderOliver Cookson[1]
HeadquartersNorthwich, Cheshire, England
Area served
OwnerThe Hut Group

Myprotein is a British online retailer based in Cheshire, UK that manufactures sports nutrition products and gym clothing, including supplements, protein powders, vitamins and high-protein foods and snacks. It is a subsidiary of The Hut Group.

It was first founded in 2004 by Oliver Cookson,[2] but was later acquired by British e-commerce company The Hut Group in June 2011. [3]

In December 2015, Myprotein announced an agreement with Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to build their first production facility outside the UK in Bullitt County, Kentucky. Myprotein (registered as Cend Limited) invested $17 million to rent a production and distribution facility that planned to create 350 new jobs in the region.[4] In 2020, Myprotein won the Lausanne Index Prize - Silver Award.[5]

Sports partnerships[edit]

As part of the sports nutrition industry, Myprotein has partnered with various competitive sports teams from across the UK and Canada.

Currently, Myprotein has a partnership with the following sports teams:

  • St Helens RFC[6]
  • Warrington Wolves[7]
  • London Broncos[8]
  • Sale Sharks[9]
  • Burnley FC[10]
  • Nottingham Forest (University of Nottingham)[11][12]
  • Toronto Wolfpack


In April 2017, customer Adam Brenton reportedly found a dead mouse in a 1.45kg bag of chocolate flavour whey protein that he had purchased on the Myprotein site.[13] He claimed that he had been using the protein powder for 3 weeks before discovering the mouse carcass at the bottom of the bag.[14] With Brenton's consent, the bag of protein powder was tested by food safety experts Ecolab as endorsed by the University of Liverpool. The results showed that the mouse was not present in the protein powder during shipping and that it had died around 3 weeks after the protein batch had been finalised.[15] Consequently, Brenton was ordered to pay The Ltd and Cend Ltd unspecified damages and legal costs. Many of the news outlets that covered the original story subsequently posted an apology to the brand regarding the previously published claims.[16]

In September 2020, a series of Tweets appeared in Japanese media claiming that Myprotein protein bars contained insects and worms. There are various videos with what appears to be very small white insects moving along Myprotein protein bars after they are unwrapped by the video taker.[17]


  1. ^ Pitel, Laura (2011-06-02). "Business big shot: Oliver Cookson of". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ Pitel, Laura (2011-06-02). "Business big shot: Oliver Cookson of". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  3. ^ News, Manchester Evening (2011-06-01). "Hut Group buys Myprotein in £60m deal". men. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  4. ^ "New Manufacturing Facility, Athletic Supplement Producer Cend LLC to Create 350 Jobs in Bullitt County". Archived from the original on 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  5. ^ "2020 L.I.P. Silver Award - Myprotein".
  6. ^ Cultivate (2015-01-26). "My Protein | St.Helens R.F.C." St.Helens R.F.C. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  7. ^ "Wolves wire up with". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  8. ^ "London Broncos Rugby League | #WeAreLondon |  » London Broncos join forces with MYPROTEIN". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  9. ^ "Myprotein to fuel the Sharks". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  10. ^ "Burnley Football Club - My Protein". Archived from the original on 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  11. ^ "Myprotein become Nottingham Forest's official performance supplement supplier". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  12. ^ "University of Nottingham Sport announce new sponsorship deal with leading nutrition brand Myprotein - The University of Nottingham". Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  13. ^ "Fitness fanatic finds something seriously gross in his protein powder". News24. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  14. ^ "Dead mouse in protein powder claim 'false'". BBC News. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  15. ^ "Fitness Brand Answers Claims A Dead Mouse Was 'Found In Their Protein Powder'". UNILAD. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  16. ^ "Corrections and clarifications: Myprotein's protein shake powder". Metro. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  17. ^ 滝沢ガレソ🌈🌱 [@takigare3] (2020-09-15). "マイプロテイン で購入した未開封のプロテインバーから大量の虫が出てきた件について、サイト公式が「お知らせとお詫び」を投稿 ↓ 「第三者機関に調査させた結果『輸送中の事故』。なのでウチは無関係」「食べても問題ない虫だから安心して」というムチャクチャな内容で炎上" (Tweet) (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-06-14 – via Twitter.