Last week I had the opportunity to join a group of fantastic women at the NOW Foods influencer immersion. Already a fan of the brand and several of their products, we got to tour the manufacturing facility, meet the company leaders, and learn more about the brand’s commitment to quality.
Here’s some of our group upon heading in to see where the supplements and skincare line are manufactured, tested and packaged.
Isn’t this a great look?
We began by hearing about how allergen ingredients are kept separate from one another, and the precautions that are taken to ensure that there is no cross contamination among potential allergens. As a parent of a once severely allergic child, I was incredibly impressed with the level of attention paid to keeping these ingredients separated. Any allergy parent will tell you that living in fear of an anaphylactic reaction is terribly unsettling, so it is reassuring to know that there are brands that truly get it.
Living Now® offers a line of certified gluten-free ancient grains, flours, baking mixes and new organic quinoa pastas that let you enjoy the foods you love without sacrificing taste and texture. Living Now® products are manufactured in a facility that does not process any gluten-containing foods. These products are free of the eight most common allergens – dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, fish, and shellfish.
As we moved on, we learned about the extensive levels of testing for all sorts of contaminants, and the great lengths that the company goes to every day to ensure the purity of their products. NOW has been manufacturing premium quality dietary supplements and natural products since 1968, and their success is due in large part to an insistence on using only the highest quality ingredients.
Once the ingredients are received from the supplier, their team begins testing to verify their identity and purity in this state-of-the-art, in-house analytical laboratory facility. They perform approximately 16,000 tests in this facility per month. As a consumer, this is the type of information that makes me come back to a brand again and again. This is what builds trust.
They have testing facilities for everything you can imagine. Though I’ll admit that it was the GMO and pesticide room that meant the most to me, as this is an area that concerns me immensely. NOW too believes GMOs are not natural, and they have a strict Non-GMO Assurance Process with stringent quality standards, documentation and testing. NOW’s products are created using non-GMO, non-irradiated and organic ingredients whenever possible. At present, 100% of NOW’s family of food brands are non-GMO, and 88% of NOW’s supplements are non-GMO assured.
We also got to see supplements being manufactured on this assembly line, and essential oils on another. NOW’s extensive line of nutritional supplements offers formulations that provide something for everyone to help meet their wellness needs.
We saw a few other areas of the facility, such as where the boxes are recycled, where the machines are cleaned, and even where the dust is collected! NOW uses recycled cardboard for shipping product, and boxes that are used inside the facility are recycled for additional use.
We saw the fulfillment area and the warehouse too. The level of organization and efficiency at the facility was absolutely astounding. On various occasions, I’ve heard my husband talk about the different warehouses of various suppliers he visits. When I showed him the photos from our tour and relayed the details I learned, he was astounded.
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While we were there, we did get to have some other fun too! We went to dinner, did yoga and made a yoga mat spray with essential oils.
We had a cooking demo.
And then did an oil tasting of NOW Foods gourmet oils.
We even made our own salad dressings and cute little salads in jars!
And we got a generous sampling of items from the NOW Foods product line, plus a few fun extras.
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Disclosure: Thanks to NOW Foods for inviting me to become a partner and visit their facilities. Promotional consideration was provided for this post. Additionally, please note that products are not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any illnesses or ailments. As always, please speak with a wellness provider before making any changes to your routine.