CytoSport is an American manufacturer of sports-oriented nutritional products, or "supplements" based in Benicia, California. It offers a line of protein-enhanced powders, shakes, and bars, and has broken into the mainstream market with a ready-to-drink form of protein supplement Muscle Milk, a non-dairy beverage which is trans-fat- and lactose-free, contains no high fructose corn syrup and is shelf stable. A June 2010 investigation by Consumer Reports, a US consumer advocacy magazine, found that two of Cytosport's Muscle Milk products contained levels of heavy metals near or exceeding levels proposed by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Muscle Milk's Chocolate powder had four heavy metals — cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury — and three of these metals were found to be at the highest levels of all the health drinks tested.
CytoSport, Inc. is among the most trusted and recognized sports nutrition and functional beverage companies in the United States. As the maker of MUSCLE MILK®, MONSTER MILK® and CYTOMAX® brands, we’re dedicated to providing premium protein products that elevate everyday performance for every body.
Our portfolio serves the needs of elite athletes, active lifestylists and weekend warriors with a wide-range of innovative protein-enhanced solutions that taste great and appeal to evolving consumer demands. We are a trusted partner with storied collegiate athletic programs, world-class professional athletes, and elite training facilities. All CytoSport, Inc. powder products are NSF Certified for Sport® ensuring their safety and freedom of banned substances..
In 2014, Fast Company listed us as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in fitness. CytoSport, Inc. was also named one of CircleUp25’s 2013 most innovative companies for consumer brands (specifically the MUSCLE MILK® brand) by Forbes magazine. The company was founded in 1998 by the Pickett family, acquired by Hormel Foods Corporation in 2014 (for about $450 million), and is headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif.