Creating a Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Your Manufacturer
Choosing the right manufacturer for your Natural Health Products is one of the most important decisions that will help determine your brand’s success. By applying some key selection criteria, you can find a manufacturing partner that will be the perfect fit.
From the very beginning, I made quality the foundation of everything we do with detailed quality assurance systems and procedures. Another integral component of GFR Pharma’s success is our dedicated and highly experienced team.
By focusing on the customer, offering numerous delivery systems and packaging options, and sharing our technical and formulating expertise we have helped our loyal clients grow from small brands to industry leaders. By investing in our client’s success we’ve also been able to expand GFR Pharma significantly.
To find a supplement contract manufacturer that will meet your needs, consider the following questions:
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10 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Natural Health Supplement Contract Manufacturer
Do Their Manufacturing Certifications Meet Your Needs?
If you want to use label claims such as Organic or Kosher, your manufacturer must have the appropriate certification. Certain product types or categories require specific certifications. For example, dairy products, such as whey proteins, that will be exported to the European Union or Australia must be made in a Registered Dairy Establishment.
Verifying certifications is just the first step in finding the right partner; once you’ve established that a short list of contract manufacturers meet your basic requirements, you can dig deeper with the following questions:
Who Will You Be Working With?
At GFR Pharma, in addition to a dedicated account manager who keeps the lines of communication open, our clients have access to other production, quality and technical staff members to quickly resolve questions and issues.
Ask around to see which manufacturers are highly regarded in the industry. In the manufacturing business, reputation is everything and many of our clients have found GFR Pharma through industry word-of-mouth referrals. Above all, you must have complete confidence in the honesty and integrity of the manufacturer to safeguard your brand’s quality, proprietary formulas and reputation.
Does the Manufacturer Have The Capability to Produce Your Product and Future Line Extensions?
Companies like GFR Pharma are committed to continuous innovation to meet their customer’s needs now and in the future. GFR Pharma continually invests in new capabilities, technologies and training to stay at the forefront of supplement manufacturing.
Can the Manufacturer Help You at Every Stage?
An integrated service provider plans ahead to make sure the entire product and packaging works well together. They will help formulate dosage formats that run well on production equipment and meet regulatory standards. If you are looking to export products, your manufacturer should be able to help you prepare the documentation requirements of the export country.
Our clients find that by relying on GFR Pharma as their full-service manufacturer, they are able to spend more time on marketing their brands and driving sales.
How Does the Manufacturer Monitor Quality?
Ask the manufacturer what quality control measures they use to prevent defective products. There should be steps taken throughout the production process to inspect the quality of the raw materials, finished product, packaging, and final labelling.
In the supplement industry, there are very few second chances if you lose your consumer’s trust with inferior products. GFR Pharma takes the time to manufacture high-quality products right the first time, and every time.
What are Their Areas of Expertise?
While some manufacturers exclusively manufacture a single dosage format or product, you don’t necessarily want to be constrained to a single type if your product line grows in the future. Look for comprehensive manufacturers like GFR Pharma who offer various specialties.
Where is the Manufacturer Located?
GFR Pharma takes advantage of being near major trucking routes, and its proximity to the US border to quickly and efficiently ship finished products and receive raw materials from around the globe.
The perception of your brand’s quality is heavily influenced by the country of manufacture. Canadian-made products are highly regarded around the world due to strict and comprehensive regulatory measures put in place by Health Canada. International trade certificates can be obtained for Health Canada-registered products allowing them to be exported world-wide.
Is the Manufacturer the Right Size?
GFR Pharma continually invest in new capabilities, technologies and training to stay at the forefront of supplement manufacturing. No matter how big or small, GFR Pharma gives every client full attention; we make it our goal to exceed their every expectation.
What is Their Usual Manufacturing Lead Times?
GFR Pharma provides a realistic completion date based on raw material procurement and testing lead times. Our production management and supervisors meet regularly to ensure orders are closely monitored and kept on schedule.
Does the Manufacturer Offer Competitive Pricing?
When choosing a Natural Health Product manufacturer, trying to cut costs can result in quality issues, regulatory headaches and increased expenses down the road. Make sure that a manufacturer meets all your other needs and expectations before considering pricing.
GFR Pharma offers competitive pricing along with the uncompromised quality and outstanding customer service required to take your brand to the next level. Think carefully before choosing your contract manufacturer as their standards of quality, timeliness and communication will directly impact your brand’s success.