Contract Manufacturing & Private Label FAQs

BioThrive Sciences currently serves some of the industry’s largest and most respected customers in the nutraceutical and supplement market. As a contract manufacturer, our products are manufactured in our Jacksonville, FL warehouse, offering clients a partner with full turnkey services.

Learn more about our process and how we can work together to bring your product to life.


What is contract manufacturing?

Contract manufacturing is a process in which a firm or client contracts a manufacturer third-party to create a product or component, rather than directly manufacturing the product themselves. Contract manufacturing is essentially an efficient means of delegating the responsibility of product development, as well as other related services such as packaging and labeling.

Reputable and experienced contract manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences can help you to more efficiently make a product so that you can maintain your time and focus on your other responsibilities filling up your plate. In the health and wellness space, they bring deep experience in developing liquids, powders, and tablets, as well as designing and printing of labels – providing convenience and reliable services of contract manufacturing. Contract manufacturers offer a wrap-around suite of critical services in addition, such as product testing, design, and speedy delivery.

How does contract manufacturing work?

In an economy defined by specialization and delegation, contract manufacturing plays a critical role in helping businesses efficiently develop products when manufacturing might lay outside of that core set of competencies, particularly within complex and highly regulated industries such as vitamins and health supplements. Protein powder, as one example, is one of the most popular supplements in the health space and a frequent product that makes strong sense to work with a contract manufacturer to develop.

Experienced and respected contract manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences provide a range of custom services without any middle man necessary between the client organization and manufacturing team – efficiently allowing a client to take a protein powder all the way from the formula stage to a fully completed product. The team provides their expert counsel through each stage of the process, from selecting and narrowing in on your target market to creating the optimal labeling for ensuring high levels of consumer attention.

How to manage contract manufacturer?

Most contract manufacturers are effective at working with clients to identify their unique needs so the amount of management that you may need to personally do with a contract manufacturer can ideally be minimal. That said, there may be some considerations you should keep in mind for effectively contract manufacturers – beginning with the importance of selecting the right contract manufacturer to begin with. Be sure to carefully review their customer testimonials, reviews, and other signs of demonstrating a successful track record in the past, such as earning recognition and industry awards.

Be sure to carefully list all of the most important terms upfront early in the relationship to ensure absolute clarity, ideally through a binding contractual agreement that will stipulate in plain terms what responsibility the manufacturer maintains to provide all of the necessary materials for production of the product. Such an agreement will also establish a baseline understanding for the condition and quality that the resulting product is expected to come in, as well as delivery dates. While these steps can add some upfront work to the process of developing your product, working with a team of experts like the group at BioThrive Sciences will ultimately streamline the process and allow you to develop the optimal product offering for your target market.

How to contract a manufacturer to make your product?

Contracting a manufacturer to develop a custom product is simpler than ever with the advent of all of the tools at your disposal on the internet. The challenge can be in selecting the right partner who stands out among the competitors online; you can be assured of quality results by turning to a trusted leader in the contract manufacturing field, like BioThrive Sciences who bring extensive experience in vitamins and health supplements which have emerged as an increasingly popular area of focus within contract marketing.

What does private label mean?

Private labels are essentially goods that carry the label or brand of the store they are sold within, rather than the label of their manufacturer. For example, the product might carry the label of a pharmacy like Rite-Aid or CVS.

These products are often developed and created by third-parties, but sold under the retailer’s better known branding. These products can often be set at costs that are lower than that of competitors, although this can vary. The products are sometimes created specifically for the private label market, with a similar product offered under a variety of different store names in various locations. Over the years, these products have evolved from a trend of often generic or low-quality products to a wide selection which have earned their own strong brand following from consumers, with store brands often outpacing their competitors. Such products are often found in the grocery industry in particular, but have grown to a wide range of sectors as well.   

Entering this space is easier than you might think with the help of manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences, who focus on skin care, dieting, and wellness goods products in particular. The team works with companies to create custom supplements which can then be affixed with a given company logo. Offering more than two decades of experience, BioThrive Sciences ensures that products are created in accordance with all ethical and legal considerations while ensuring customer satisfaction.

What is a private label brand?

A private label brand is one that is sold under the name of a specific retailer but manufactured by a third party. An example might be a restaurant working with a vendor to create a specialty sauce labeled with the restaurant branding as it grows increasingly popular with customers, allowing them to sell it directly to customers. 

Manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences work with businesses to develop branded men’s health vitamins that can be emblazoned with a branded company logo.

How to privately label products?

Privately labeling a product and affixing it with a given brand identity can help ensure that it stands out in a crowded marketplace, particularly if you are making a big push to sell the product on e-platforms like Amazon and eBay. It can take some time upfront to identify the most viable product, the right venue for moving the product, and the most effective brand identity. One of the most exciting aspects of developing a privately labeled product is the tremendous opportunity to create ongoing passive income after you have put in your upfront time and costs. 

The process does not need to be as cumbersome, expensive, or intimidating as you might think at first. With the explosion of online tools available to you, it is easier than ever to select a viable product without the need for a business degree or advanced marketing expertise; platforms like Amazon allow you to easily conduct research on top-selling products.

Once you have identified the niche you want to focus on, work with a reputable and experienced manufacturer like BioThrive Sciences in the health and wellness products space, who can help you develop a legally compliant product affixed with your desired brand labeling and identity. Be sure to work with the manufacturing team upfront to hammer out every detail of exactly what the product should look like as early as possible in the development process. The next steps in the process will involve creating your logo, identifying retailers, and ensuring that your product has strong copyright protection to avoid any copycat infringements.

What is a dietary supplement?

In simplest terms, a dietary supplement is a consumer product that is designed to augment a diet, health, or fitness regimen through a pill, liquid, or similar offering. Supplements provide crucial nutrients to ensure adequate consumption, as well as offering substances that may not be deemed essential from a health perspective, but provide beneficial health and strength effects. An example might be a vitamin or supplements that offer higher exposure to omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil.

Additional examples can come in the form of energy bars, protein shakes, powders, and other essential components of diet routines for fitness fanatics. While some supplements can attract controversy, if developed safely by reputable manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences, they can play a crucial role as part of a balanced health plan. Users should be sure to inform their doctors and healthcare providers about any dietary supplements they may be using.

What are dietary supplements used for?

Dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, and protein powders are used to augment the health and wellness regimen of individuals seeking to achieve a specific health benefit. Perhaps they want to gain and retain more muscle mass or get more of a given vitamin group. Maybe they want to ensure that they receive their recommended amount of Vitamin-C or fish oil, which promotes greater health heart. Used in proper balance, these products can offer invaluable ballast and support to diets and health plans.

How to manufacture vitamins?

Vitamins are not as difficult and cumbersome to manufacture as one might initially expect. Reputable and experienced manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences are committed to working with businesses to develop high quality vitamin supplements that enhance the wellness and health of consumers with the highest quality ingredients available.

Generally speaking, most vitamin manufacturers follow a process in which they purchase ingredients such as raw vitamins directly from specific distributors. The manufacturer next has the responsibility to test the raw materials, sometimes providing samples to lab researchers for their own analysis and due diligence, such as determining if filler ingredients must be blended in as well. In the end, vitamins can take on many different forms and require a straightforward but professional process; be sure to work with a quality manufacturer like BioThrive Sciences in making your vitamin a reality if you are interested in bringing one to the marketplace.

What is product fulfillment?

Product fulfillment is the process of successfully ensuring that products ordered through a contract manufacturing process are shipped correctly and on time. Product fulfillment is the highest responsibility of contract manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences, who clients are relying upon to deliver excellence in product development. Your contract manufacturing partners should ensure that the finalized product delivered to a client or organization fits the parameters spelled out in the contract agreement, as well as meeting the highest ethical and legal compliance standards.

What is order fulfillment?

Order fulfillment is comprised of all of the actions that an organization must take in the interim between receiving a new order for a product from a customer and actually providing that order to the customer’s hands. This is an intensive process that involves everything from packing the product and sending a confirmation email to the customer to ensuring that it is properly stored in a warehouse.

While the process can vary depending on the nature of the product, the general process involves receiving inventory from the manufacturer, adequately storing it in an appropriate warehouse (think of one with adequate cooling and heating for perishable items and medicines), and ultimately dealing with the customer to process the order.

What does fulfillment mean in shipping?

In the shipping process, fulfillment generally encompasses everything that a company does after they receive an order from a customer and when the customer actually receives it.

Think back to the last time you placed an order on Amazon; the product may have essentially been out of sight to you after you clicked “buy” or you may have just been impatiently awaiting the delivery. But behind the scenes, a wide variety of activities and work was underway to ensure that you were satisfied with the final product that reached you by the promised delivery date. Having robust and well-defined processes in place will ensure that orders are delivered faster and ensure customer satisfaction.

This is widely considered to be one of the most critical aspects in running a successful business; customer confidence is key and they must be fully invested in the notion that your company will deliver on its promises – whether the order is a major infrastructure renovation or tonight’s Thai take-out. Contract manufacturers like BioThrive Sciences pride themselves on effectively helping clients maintain excellence in order fulfillment from the very earliest stages all the way up to the smallest details involving proper labeling. 

How does a fulfillment center work?

A fulfillment center connects online merchants to warehouses and shipping. Many companies selling custom products may lack adequate space to physically maintain and store their inventory themselves, particularly if it is a business that is largely centered upon an individual using an online connection. Third-party partners can help to meet this need by offering warehouse space or facilities that can adequately store their products, keeping in mind any particular logistical needs (such as maintaining adequate temperature levels for certain products like vitamins or food).

In the end, fulfillment centers help small businesses and entrepreneurs to manage their inventory much more effectively and focus more of their attention on more mission-critical work like product concept formulation and marketing. They also allow businesses to more effectively manage the natural ebb and flow of product demand in which inventory of products can increase or decrease based on consumer trends. If customers decide to return any products, they can also be returned directly to fulfillment centers rather than overwhelming the mailbox and storage capacity of an individual owner’s home or office. Fulfillment centers are often a critical part of building an effective product business; outsourcing a core function just as many product development needs are outsourced through contract manufacturing.