The Difference Between Dietary Supplements Suppliers and Contract Manufacturers
Supplements Suppliers are entities that manufacture or produce nutritional supplements and claim that they are authorized distributors of the supplement. They are a major force in the supplement market, with millions of dollars invested annually. Supplements Suppliers fall into one of two categories; primary producers, or manufacturers who contract with supplement companies to produce their Supplements. The two main types of Supplements Suppliers engage in are: Contract manufacturing, where they contract with a primary manufacturer to manufacture and market their Supplements, and Implant manufacturers, who manufacture and market their Supplements directly. Contract manufacturers often have large facilities to manufacture their products and can create substantial ads or packaging for their products to ensure high product visibility.
Supplements Suppliers contract to produce and market dietary supplements containing one or more of the ingredients defined by the company. The company will identify the ingredients contained in the Supplements by the terms of the contract. For example, if the product is to contain L-carnitine, the contract manufacturer may request that the ingredient is listed on the bottle or label or be identified on the container. They will also set the manufacturing standards for the product, including the exact color, size, and other characteristics. The contract manufacturer may also assist in creating the label.
The key differences between primary producers and supplement manufacturers are as follows. A primary producer primarily produces and markets the product and collects the profits. A supplement manufacturer, on the other hand, manufactures and markets only supplements that have been specifically identified for a health condition or disease and has signed a FDA/phies Certificate. In order to market their product, a supplement manufacturer must create a labeling that effectively advertises the nature and benefits of their supplement. A contract manufacturer’s job is to ensure that this labeling and advertising are done in the most effective way possible.
Supplements Suppliers adhere to the strict requirements of both the FDA and private label supplements. Their production processes follow strict guidelines set forth by both the FDA and private label supplements’ organizations. Supplements Suppliers must display a FDA stamp on the outside of the container, provide nutrition information that is uniform in format and style, and provide statements that are truthful, complete, and correct, with no implied representations (advertising or sponsorship) regarding health claims. Most supplements suppliers will also require an adult signatory on all orders.
There is a vast difference between dietary supplements and over the counter medicines. While over the counter drugs are available in both capsule and powder form, dietary supplements are available in tablet, powder, or liquid forms. Dietary supplements must meet the strict regulations set forth by the FDA. Private label products may not contain the same quality standards as those found in the FDA approved diet supplements.
When purchasing supplements, it’s important that you purchase from a reputable company. Look for an FDA-approved contract manufacturer that carries the brands you’re looking for, including Allmax, Cetaphil, EAS, Perfect Balance, and more. Ask about the manufacturing processes used to make the supplements. If you’re not sure about a supplement, do your research. You can find out everything you need to know from the companies that sell direct or through their independent websites.