Updated 10 June 2021 Jae Haroldsen

Regardless of gender, age, income, or education, over 72% of Americans take a dietary supplement, according to the most recent 1survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). 2Grandview Research reports the dietary supplements market was valued at $140 billion with an expected compounded annual growth rate (CGAR) of 8.6% in the next seven years. 

People take supplements to improve nutrition gaps and increase health and well-being. Many people are looking to boost their immune system with the Corona Virus variants circulating.  

Are you thinking about entering the growing dietary supplements market by making and selling your own supplements? But you do not know where to start?  Finding the right supplement manufacturer is key to a successful business venture. 

Things to look for in a supplement manufacturer include: How responsive are they? Can they meet your vision? What certifications do they have? Can they help take your product to market? And how much experience do they have?

#1 How Responsive Is the Manufacturer? 

Your experience working with a supplement manufacturer begins from the moment you first send an inquiry. You know you have a possibly good match to develop your supplement brand if a manufacturer responds to you promptly, answers your extensive questions professionally and patiently, and communicates frankly and honestly about their services. 

#2 Can the Manufacturer Meet Your Vision? 

If you have an idea for a supplement, then most likely you have a vision for it. If your vision is not fleshed out, will the manufacturer work with you to complete it? 

You can successfully make and sell your own supplements, but there are numerous details to consider. 

  • Special Product Certifications: Organic, Halal, Kosher, Vegan 

Manufacturers with special product certifications are invested in the production of high-quality supplements. These special certifications are obtained through outside inspection of manufacturing procedures, processes, and documentation. Each certification requires the manufacturer to pay detailed attention to quality assurance measures for ingredient sourcing, ingredient identity and purity testing, and equipment cleaning to prevent contamination. 

The demand for sustainably sourced products is on the rise. About one in four Americans will pay more for environmentally friendly supplements. 

  • Supplement Form and Packaging 

Your vision of who will be using your supplement will determine the best supplement form and packaging. Older adults prefer taking supplements in tablet, capsule, or pill form. Younger adults, children, and athletes often prefer supplements in liquids, powders, chewables, and/or gummies. 

A yummy taste is an absolute requirement for supplements meant to be chewed or drunk. Does the manufacturer have a devoted, experienced Research and Development Team to concoct just the right delicious taste? What sweeteners will be best for your supplement? 

What packaging options are available? For tablets, capsules, pills, chewables, or gummies, do they provide bottling or single sachets? Is there liquid bottling? What are the options for powders? Tubs, stick packs, or individual single-use pouches?  

If you have a different packaging idea, can the manufacture accommodate it? 

  • Manufacturing Details 

Does the manufacturer have a secure raw materials supply chain? (A secure supply chain can reduce lead times over spot buying.) Are they willing to work with you if you want to provide certain ingredients?  

What is the minimum order or project size required by the manufacture? Does the manufacturer offer a competitive price?  

If your venture goes well and you want to expand your product, does the manufacture have the capacity to grow with you? 

What is the lead time from the signed contract to the finished product? Be wary of manufacturers who offer the moon, are willing to take on any project, or promise a finished product in an unrealistic amount of time. If you hear, “No, we can’t do that,” you can be assured you’re dealing with an open, honest manufacturer. 

#3 Does the Manufacturer Comply with FDA Mandated GMP? 

You do not need the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval to sell supplements. However, as a supplement owner, you’re responsible for ensuring your supplement and its manufacturing comply with FDA regulations.  

The FDA has established 3current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for dietary supplements. GMP is set to ensure the identity, quality, strength, and purity of supplements. GMP requires supplements to be manufactured in a facility in good condition by fully-trained employees with calibrated and maintained equipment and traceable and complete documentation. Quality assurance and testing procedures for raw materials and finished products must be followed. 

The FDA does not require GMP certification, nor does it have a GMP certifying program. However, third-party GMP certification is commercially available to provide consumers with additional protection and peace of mind. 

Companies like National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International provide GMP certification to dietary supplement manufacturers. Facility audits, detailed documentation, and verified laboratory testing are all part of third-party GMP certification. Using a manufacturer with third-party GMP certification adds a level of compliance assurance. 

#4 Can the Manufacture Help Take Your Supplement from Idea to Consumer? 

There are several steps between taking an idea for a supplement and putting the supplement in the hands of a consumer. Can the manufacturer help you navigate not only the development and manufacturing of your supplement but the graphic label design, packaging, labeling (including nutrition facts label), marketing, and/or shipping, too? 

#5 What Experience does the Manufacturer Have? 

An experienced supplement manufacturer has streamlined procedures and processes to receive and process purchase orders, conduct research and development, and manufacture clients' products as efficiently as possible. Experienced manufactures are not afraid to ask questions to ensure they meet the customer’s expectations. 

The experienced manufacture knows their reputation is based on dedicated attention to excellent customer service. They communicate with clients in a timely and professional manner. Experienced manufacturers know their business, and they know how to guide new clients through the numerous decisions of developing, manufacturing, and marketing a supplement. 

Discover Origin Nutraceutical 

Origin Nutraceutical’s motto is: “Customer Service is the Origin of Success.” We want to help you develop and manufacture your supplement. 

Your vision 

Tell us your vision for your supplement. We’re dedicated to supplying the most cost-effective supplement possible while building a better planet using sustainably sourced ingredients and processes. We maintain Organic, Kosher, and Halal certificates as part of our commitment to producing high-quality, sustainable products. 

Origin manufactures capsules, liquids, chewables, and powder supplements. Our packaging options include bottling, sachets, liquid fill, tubs, stick packs, and our unique powder-filled pouches with a patented mixing ball. 

GMP Certification from NSF International 

Origin is dedicated to complying with FDA outlined GMP requirements in our state-of-the-art facility. We have obtained GMP certification from NSF International as proof of our determination to manufacture supplements with integrity. 

Client Support 

Supporting clients is important to us. Developing and manufacturing a supplement is only half of the process to get a supplement to market. To aid our clients, we partner with numerous companies. Our partners including graphic design, labeling, online marketing, and laboratory testing companies. Origin is happy to make shipping arrangements for the final product to a fulfillment center. 

Origin Nutraceutical Experience 

Origin Nutraceutical has been in business for over six years. Each of Origin’s three founders (Israel Haroldsen, Jordan Smith, and Rob Hennen) have more than twenty years of experience working in nutraceutical development, production, manufacturing, and shipping. The expertise of the research and development team, the quality assurance team, and the batching team make Origin Nutraceutical an experienced and streamlined manufacturer. 

Our open and honest communication and our dedication to our clients, no matter how large or small, make working with Origin a pleasure. Put our experience to work for you! Contact us today!  

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Sources: 

1”2020 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements: Consumer Intelligence to Enhance Business Outcomes.” CRN. 2020. https://www.crnusa.org/resources/2020-crn-consumer-survey-dietary-supplements-consumer-intelligence-enhance-business 

2 Dietary Supplements Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Ingredient (Vitamins, Proteins & Amino Acids), By Form, By Application, By End User, By Distribution Channel, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 – 2028. Grandview Research. 2021. https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/dietary-supplements-market 

3”Facts About the Current Good Manufacturing Practices.” Food and Drug Administration. 2021. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/pharmaceutical-quality-resources/facts-about-current-good-manufacturing-practices-cgmps 

Grup, Blaz. “What to Look for in Supplement Manufacturers - A Guide for the New Product/Business Developer.” National Products Insider. 2020. https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/contract-manufacturing/what-look-supplement-manufacturersa-guide-new-productbusiness-developer