Contract Manufacturers: At the Forefront of Delivery Technology

Contract manufacturers are uniquely positioned for innovative supplement and functional delivery

Steve Myers, Senior Editor

August 2, 2013

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Contract Manufacturers: At the Forefront of Delivery Technology

Much of the innovation in the dietary supplement and functional products market is from improved delivery technologies. Safeguarding the ingredients from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach, fostering increased bioavailability and absorption, and controlling the release timing and amounts are all the goals of improved delivery. In addition to these attributes, delivery systems must also address consumer demands for convenience, optimized taste and even  attractiveness (color, shape, size, etc.), all which improve compliance and ease-of-ingestion.

With an increasingly prominent role in manufacturing such products, due partly to good manufacturing and other requirements and costs, contract manufacturers are in a unique position to encounter and utilize innovative delivery technologies to help brand owner clients differentiate in the marketplace and offer better products and health to consumers. Contract manufacturers can develop new delivery technologies or enter into licensing agreements to offer cutting edge delivery to clients. Either way, it is important the contract manufacturer understands the delivery choices available and help the brand owner or formulator find the best format for a specific ingredient or product.

The INSIDER Report, "Contract Manufacturers: At the Forefront of Delivery Technology," explores this topic in detail, providing insights on both newly developed delivery technologies and newly improved  tried-and-true delivery systems that are impacting the dietary supplement and functional products marketplace, as well as information on how contract manufacturers apply specific delivery systems to specific products.

About the Author(s)

Steve Myers

Senior Editor

Steve Myers is a graduate of the English program at Arizona State University. He first entered the natural products industry and Virgo Publishing in 1997, right out of college, but escaped the searing Arizona heat by relocating to the East Coast. He left Informa Markets in 2022, after a formidable career focused on financial, regulatory and quality control issues, in addition to writing stories ranging research results to manufacturing. In his final years with the company, he spearheaded the editorial direction of Natural Products Insider.

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