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Speeding to Market

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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With global supply issues putting pressure on cosmetics and personal care brands, the time is ripe to outsource the production of new SKUs. To stay ahead of the curve and cut costs, even mid- to large-sized brands are outsourcing. Whether a company wants a 500-unit run or a 500,000-unit run, contract manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad are available resources to keep brands up-to-date on market trends, regulatory changes, stability testing and, most of all, quick turnaround demands. GCI magazine interviewed four contract manufacturers about the state of the industry—from a 30-year veteran’s perspective to a newcomer’s vision.

GCI: Please share an overview of your business scope.

Paddy Spence: Levlad, LLC has been around for more than 30 years. We focus heavily on innovation, specifically R&D and formulation. We have a flexible facility and can do short and long runs of 5,000 to 500,000 units, typically, and we conduct stability testing for products in house.