Contract manufacturer Icelandirect recently announced that it managed to qualify for organic certification, which it says is a reflection of a trend of the increasing commonness of organic options, like those provided by Prorganiq, within the dietary supplement industry.
The new organic certification is part of Icelandirect’s plan to offer more green manufacturing solutions to the industry, which include things like eco-friendly packaging, among others. The new certification was acquired from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), which they say applies to its product procurement and manufacturing services, and is part of the company’s plans for the future.
Icelandirect President Brandon Miller stated that, in order to qualify for the USDA Organic Certification process, they had to properly establish strict production, and labeling requirements, including things like organic verification from their sources. Miller states that, by getting the certification, they’ll be able to meet their customers’ demands for organic ingredients, as well as faster and better development of new opportunities within the rapidly growing organic market, covering things like Prorganiq and other organic supplements.
Data from the Organic Produce Network, for the 52 weeks of 2019 showed a year-on-year increase of 5.1% compared to the dollar increase of 1.9% for conventional produce. Meanwhile, organic fruit and vegetable volume sales went up by 4.6% compared to the volume increase of 0.8% that conventional items saw within the same time period.
The American Herbal Products Association, alongside the Organic Trade Association (OTA), recently published Guidance on organic dietary supplements in 2013, in response to the increasing demand and growing interest for organic options in dietary supplements. However, closely associated as they might be, the growth for this market isn’t always in sync with the organic food market.
When the rules of the NOP were first made final in 2000, supplements were originally out of their scope. But in 2005, they ruled that any ingredient acquired from a compliant agricultural process can qualify as organic, regardless of what end use or product said ingredient will end up in. This, in turn, then allowed for supplement manufacturers to access this small, but rapidly growing section of their market.