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Perrigo expands gummy vitamin capabilities


DUBLIN — Perrigo and Ferrara Candy Co. announced Monday that Perrigo's Nutritionals division has signed a supply agreement with Ferrara to manufacture store brand gummy vitamins and dietary supplements. The five-year supply agreement gives Perrigo exclusivity on a full line of store brand gummy vitamin, mineral and supplement products using Ferrara's gummy technology and manufacturing capabilities. 


According to IRI multi-outlet data, sales of vitamin and dietary supplement gummies were $625 million and are forecasted to reach $1 billion by 2017.


"We are excited to announce the addition of a full assortment of children's and adult multivitamins, calcium, fiber, heart health and letter vitamins to our store brand portfolio," said Joseph Papa, Perrigo chairman and CEO. "This strategic supplier relationship extends our company's reach into a financially attractive and expansive gummy market. We look forward to working with Ferrara and are excited to launch new products into this growing nutritional category."


Ferrara is one of the world's leading gummy manufacturers with significant operational capabilities and procurement scale, Perrigo said. Perrigo's line of store brand gummies will be manufactured by Ferrara in its facility in Bellwood, Ill. Ferrara's facility is in close proximity to Perrigo's distribution facility in Allegan, Mich., which will create unique supply chain efficiencies. 

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