The dietary supplements or nutraceuticals market is expected to be close to $200 billion by 2025 and the reasons are not far to seek. When it comes to food and cosmetic products, the most significant market segment today, that of the millennials, wants health safety and price competitiveness. This requires producers to adopt GMP manufacturing practices that can ensure prevention and elimination of any chance of contamination by error or adulteration by design. It means every dietary supplements manufacturer must comply with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety guidelines with respect to the composition, ingredients, manufacturing processes, packaging and storage of the products.
How good are your research and development?
The most critical part of the manufacturing process of dietary and cosmetic supplements is the formulation of your product. A liquid supplement manufacturer must have a strong research and development infrastructure along with the best R&D staff to carry out the research work. If you claim your formulation to be unique in terms of efficacy, you must back it up with documented and validated research work on it. Given the wellness potential of nutraceutical supplements, the claims of ‘magical’ results keep coming out from manufacturers. Unless a product is the result of proven research, such claims will have no meaning.
Complying with proper hygiene and safety standards
The basic requirement of the nutraceutical supplements industry is the maintenance of proper hygiene and safety standards throughout the production cycle. Every white label supplement manufacturer must remember that their product will be considered seriously if they are known to comply with food health, safety, and hygiene standards of the FDA. On the other hand, their product will have to get certified by the FDA for meeting the required safety standards. Your product must live up to its promise in order to be certified by the FDA before entering the market.
Ensuring safe and seamless logistics
One major factor that ensures product safety till it reaches the retail racks or the customer is the way it has been packaged, stored, and transported. Packaging is an extremely important part of the life cycle of processed dietary and cosmetic products till they reach the end-user. In supplement manufacturing, the way a product is packaged and stored can extend its shelf life to the maximum permitted limit. A lot of damage to products can take place during transportation from the manufacturing plant to the warehouse and then on to the retail shelf and hence, safe transportation is also critical.
Today, manufacturing has become highly automated with the arrival of Industry 4.0 standards that require the deployment of the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). This means that the scope of error has been minimized because human involvement has been reduced or eliminated from processes that are pattern-centric and not suitable for humans. Human ingenuity can be better used in functions that require thought and imagination. GMP manufacturing in any sector, not just in dietary supplements, requires optimum levels of automation to produce quality output and stay competitive.