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The 3 Key Implications of Immunity Supplement Trends

While it may be cause for celebration to see double-digit sales increases for immunity supplements as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the globe, some behind-the-scenes implications can limit growth if not properly handled. When it comes to immunity supplement trends, there are three key considerations to keep in mind:

  • One – the loss of seasonality;
  • Two – shorter product life cycles; and
  • Three – the need for a collaboration partner to help deal with One and Two.


The loss of seasonality is due primarily to a consumer shift away from retail brick-and-mortar shopping to online shopping. This was already happening before the pandemic lockdowns went into effect, but the pandemic has accelerated the trend and possibly made it permanent.  With a diminishing ability to rely on traditional retail shelf sets and planogram calendars, marketers now need to consider effective ways to catch the eyeballs of Internet shoppers who may not even know they’re looking for immunity supplements.

Shorter Product Lifecycles

The online shopping shift has led to shorter product life cycles, as consumers want ‘new’ news more often. And because online shopping happens around the clock every day, catching consumers’ attention becomes harder and harder. Marketers need to be vigilant about keeping up with new ingredient trends, and they must be able to understand the relative strength of the science underlying benefit claims. To do that effectively, it pays to have a collaboration partner who knows the landscape and can share the burden of sourcing and vetting new science-backed ingredients for immunity supplements.

Finding an Immunity Supplement Partner

And that is where Vitaquest shines. The company has built a strong reputation over 40 years as a reliable collaboration partner. Rick Handel, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, points out that up to 30% of Vitaquest’s product mix is new annually. That statistic highlights the comprehensive and agile supplement formulation, development, and manufacturing support Vitaquest provides to its customers, helping them to drive innovation and marketability in new products, updates of existing products, and line extensions.

Vitaquest’s encyclopedic knowledge of ingredients attracts brand owners and vendors of exciting new science-based ingredients. These innovative suppliers bring their best ideas to Vitaquest, knowing that the company’s formulation expertise and broad-based customer base can help to deliver their proprietary ingredients to a global audience in every distribution channel.

So, if you’re a marketer looking for a contract supplement manufacturing company that can help you capitalize on the growing immunity supplement market, contact the experts at Vitaquest today. Call 800-526-9095 to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales executives or request a nutraceutical manufacturing price quote to get started.

Rick Handel, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Vitaquest
Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

Rick Handel is a 50-year veteran of the nutraceutical industry, with a strong background in formulation, R&D and GMP manufacturing of dietary supplements. Rick is celebrating 30 years with industry-leading supplement manufacturer Vitaquest International, where he currently serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. In that capacity, Rick is responsible for driving sales and innovation by identifying and developing new strategies, business opportunities, science-backed ingredients, and novel delivery technologies. Rick holds eight patents and has presented his published scientific papers and studies at conferences around the world.

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