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Why Choose Contract Manufacturing Over Private Label Supplement Manufacturing?

Last updated: January-30,2023

Why Choose Contract Manufacturing Over Private Label Supplement Manufacturing?

Outsourcing the production of nutraceuticals has helped supplement brand owners to focus all their entrepreneurial energies on marketing and promoting their offerings. This business model is a win-win for everyone involved since it allows brands to minimize capital outlays and enables specialists to focus on what they do best – production and quality.

Under dietary supplement outsourcing, the two most popular manufacturing outsourcing options are:

  1. Contract Supplement Manufacturing
  2. Private Label Supplement Manufacturing

Allow me to explain what distinguishes these two from each other and which one provides supplement brand owners with a broader range of advantages.

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What is Contract Supplement Manufacturing?

Contract manufacturers have become strategic partners for supplement brands. In this model, the brand (or buyer) gets in touch with a manufacturer to take care of the entire production and design cycle of their product based on the specifications provided, discussed, and agreed upon.

Collaborating with a contract manufacturer helps the buyer get professional advice from an expert on sourcing, formulation, and manufacturing processes. Most contract manufacturers also have a strong network of sourcing partners, suppliers, attorneys, regulatory experts, labs, etc.

What is Private Label Supplement Manufacturing?

Private label manufacturing refers to companies that make dietary supplements that are bought by brands and resold with the latter's branding. Basically, the buyer purchases the readymade dietary product from the private label manufacturer and puts their name on it.

Supplement brands can buy dietary products from a private label manufacturer in bulk or in the form of pre-bottled products that are ready for packaging and labeling. Private label manufacturing is generally preferred by brands that wish to enter the market quickly.

Contract Supplement Manufacturing vs. Private Label Supplement Manufacturing

Here is an honest comparison between the two types of supplement manufacturers in terms of key advantages and disadvantages:

  • While the contract manufacturer offers expert advice and handholding in the formulation-to-labeling process, the supplement brand retains complete control over the manufactured product. In the case of private label manufacturing, it is the manufacturer who has control over the product, its specifications, formulation, manufacturing, and quality.
  • A contract supplement manufacturer can help brand owners with research, ingredient sourcing, product development, manufacturing, analytical lab testing, quality control, compliance, and certifications. Opting for private label manufacturing means that the brand will not have any control whatsoever on these processes. They will only have access to the final product.
  • There is a higher degree of transparency and accountability, and enormous room for innovation in contract manufacturing, as opposed to private label manufacturing.
  • Contract manufacturers share important information about things like patented ingredients, particle engineering, retail packaging trends, or regulatory challenges with supplement brand owners. This level of knowledge sharing doesn’t happen between a private label manufacturer and a brand.
  • It is far easier to ensure quality and manufacturing standards when working with a contract manufacturer since the brand or buyer has complete control over the product. The product quality is dependent on the parameters and standards set by the brand, unlike in the case of private label manufacturing.
  • One distinct disadvantage of private label manufacturing is that multiple companies might be selling the exact same product or line of products with their own branding.

Why Choosing Contract Manufacturing is better for Supplement Brands

Given the comparison above and the long list of benefits, it would be fair to conclude that choosing contract manufacturing over private label manufacturing is a wise decision for brands that wish to exercise greater control over their end products.

A competent supplement contract manufacturer can assist you with devising the ideal formulation for your product (bringing a formula to the table that you want to emulate is desirable), sourcing innovative raw materials, and guiding you through the entire process, allowing you to focus on marketing the supplement.

How Can NutraScience Labs Help You?

With world-class infrastructure and a strong focus on product quality, NutraScience Labs is the preferred contract manufacturing company for several leading supplement brands. Whether you are planning to bring a revolutionary sports nutrition formula into the market or want to develop a custom vitamin or antioxidant blend, we have you covered.

As a supplement contract manufacturer with over 120+ years of nutraceutical industry experience, our full suite of manufacturing services includes:

  • Supplement manufacturing
  • Powder manufacturing
  • Vitamin manufacturing
  • Capsule manufacturing
  • Probiotic manufacturing
  • Bodybuilding supplement manufacturing
  • Sports nutrition manufacturing
  • Softgel manufacturing
  • Tablet manufacturing

To learn more information about how we can help you create a high-quality dietary supplement that's customized to your specifications, call 855-492-7388 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives or send us your request for a free price quote!

What Our Customers Say About Our Contract Supplement Manufacturing Services

"NutraScience Labs' ENTIRE team is a joy to work with!"

"I have worked with NutraScience Labs for over 10 years and send all my clients and projects to them. Their commitment to top quality formulations, compliance, and innovation is second-to-none in the industry. Beyond exceptional production capabilities and the ENTIRE team is a joy to work with! If you're looking for the best in the business, you've found it in NutraScience Labs."
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About the Author:

Vincent Tricarico

Vincent Tricarico is currently the Vice President of Contract Manufacturing at NutraScience Labs. With nearly 20 years of direct-to-consumer and business-to-business experience, Mr. Tricarico is a respected executive in the dietary supplement industry and is well-known for his ability to consistently build and grow successful teams that produce results. Over the years, his work has been published in many industry trade publications, such as Natural Products Insider, Nutritional Outlook, and WholeFoods Magazine.