The supplement industry is still going strong. If you have decided to jump in the game with your own set of supplements, there are a few things you need to know before choosing a manufacturer. You want to stand out, these tips can help you achieve that.
First, you may be wondering why you should use a manufacturer instead of handling the manufacturing the private label supplements yourself. Manufacturing requires equipment, insurance and a lot of overhead expenses you may not be ready to tackle right out of the gate. By relying on a reputable manufacturer, you can leave the headache of regulations and product development to the professionals experienced in the business. Before you contact a manufacturer, you should know what you need to look for to narrow your search and find the right one for your business. There are so many to choose from these days, the search can seem endless, but it doesn’t have to be.
The Federal Drug Administration regulates the supplement industry to a certain extent. You want to find a manufacturer that complies with FDA regulations. Look for certifications such as GMP that assure you the company meets FDA regulations. They should have technical personnel qualified to oversee the manufacturing process. The staff should have the credentials and training to deliver safe and effective supplements. The manufacturer should perform regular quality assurance testing and inspections to ensure the process is functioning like it should and meets its client’s standards.
One way to ensure you get the product quality you demand is to put that in writing. A quality agreement with the manufacturer states what you expect from product size to packaging and delivery. The more specific your instructions, the more likely you are to get exactly what you want and be able to hold the manufacturer accountable for the product. Things to consider ahead of time including the size of the supplement, product name, ingredients, flavors and certifications. The agreement completed beforehand can eliminate future problems over the product or packaging. Since you have outlined in writing, you can also include a non-disclosure agreement to protect your interests.
When you hire anyone to do business with, it is always a good idea to thoroughly look into their reputation. Does the company have the experience and integrity to work with you? Are they transparent about their processes, products and how they conduct business? Look at trade associations to find reputable companies to work with. Then look at their online presence including any reviews. Talk with past or current clients to gauge their customer satisfaction.
Many supplement manufacturers create products for more than one company. Look into the facility size and their abilities to fulfill your orders and potential increases. After all, you want to grow your company and may need to expand quickly. The manufacturer needs to be able to meet your future expectations as much as possible. Look at the inventory, equipment and the reliable access to raw materials before making a decision. Finding the right manufacturer takes a little time, but the research can save you headaches down the line.