What is "turnkey" supplement manufacturing?
In an industry where who you choose to work with is just as important as what kind of supplement you're looking to produce, understanding your options and what each of those options actually entails is must! With that in mind, we’re tackling a question that's constantly being asked by new supplement brand owners – what, exactly, is a turnkey supplement contract manufacturer? And more importantly, what distinguishes a “turnkey” service provider from any other service provider?
From the Top: Defining “Turnkey” and “Contract Manufacturing”
As per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “turnkey” can be defined as follows:
adjective - of or involving the provision of a complete product or service that is ready for immediate use.
So, at least in theory, any business claiming to be a “turnkey service provider” will be able to offer you or your business a full suite of solutions all under one roof.
The team over at Wikipedia offers up the following definition for “contract manufacturer”:
A contract manufacturer ("CM") is a manufacturer that contracts with a firm for components or products. It is a form of outsourcing. In the food business a contract manufacturer is called copacker.
Taking all of that into account, your average turnkey supplement contract manufacturer should (at least in theory) be able to help you manufacturer your customer dietary supplements to specification while also providing you with a full suite of manufacturing and secondary services.
The key difference between a "turnkey" contract manufacturer and a contract manufacturer is the set of "secondary" services the exist beyond the scope of basic contract manufacturing.
So, what kind of services can a turkey supplement contract manufacturer provide?
Along with the basics of supplement contract manufacturing, there are a number of additional or secondary services that become available when you choose to partner with a turnkey supplement contract manufacturer.
While you shouldn't expect every manufacturer to offer the same services, here are a few of the option that you're likely to encounter:
- Delivery Method Options. The baseline is capsules, tablets, and powders.
- Primary and Secondary Packaging Options. Along with standard HDPE and PET bottles, other options might include boxes, blister packs, stick packs, custom/enhanced label printing capabilities, and more.
- Shipping and Fulfillment Options. Services that fall into this category might include cGMP warehouse storage and shipping & fulfillment (helping you get your products to where they need to be).
Ultimately, the processes of finding out which services a turnkey supplement manufacturer is capable of offering (and whether or not those services are capable of meeting the needs of your business) usually starts with a phone call or email.
Choosing Your Next Supplement Contract Manufacturer
Finding the right contract manufacturer to meet the needs of you, your business, and your clients is no small task – which is part of the reason why taking the time to map out those needs can be so incredibly useful. The worst thing to be when
Let's face it, the last thing anyone wants to be when starting a conversation with a potential business partner is unprepared.
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About the Author: Melissa DellaBartolomea
Melissa DellaBartolomea was the resident Content Marketing Specialist at NutraScience Labs from February 2016 to July 2018. Driven by a passion for the world of written, visual, and digital media, she's dedicated herself to keeping up with all things nutraceutical. From ingredient insights to the latest in contract manufacturing regulations and trends, her mission is to provide our readers (like you) with the stories and knowledge they need to fuel long-term growth and nutraceutical industry success.