Sector: Manufacturing & Engineering
Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
In rude health
Bee Health is a vitamin, mineral and supplement manufacturer that specialises in private label and contract manufacture for some of the world’s biggest retailers, in addition to having its own vitamin and supplement brands.
From its facility in Bridlington, Yorkshire, the company produces more than 85 million capsules and tablets a week and has built up a strong reputation with its customers – so much so that it was named ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Best Vitamins, Herbals, Minerals & Supplements Supplier’ for 2016 by Holland & Barrett, one of the UK’s leading health food shop chains.
“As shopping habits have changed… we have seen tremendous growth from young online retailers, using sites like Amazon and eBay” - Steve Ryan, CEO, Bee Health
Sales through physical stores are still a vital part of the industry, but online shopping has grown at an astonishingly fast rate. Steve Ryan, CEO of Bee Health, says retailers on the Amazon platform accounted for around 25% of Bee Health’s turnover this year, compared to just 3% the year before.
“The internet has provided us with a huge opportunity over the last few years,” he says. “As shopping habits have changed, our traditional retail customers have been looking to grow the e-commerce side to their businesses. We have also seen tremendous growth from young online retailers, using sites like Amazon and eBay.”
To keep up with rising demand, Bee Health has been investing in new machinery and taking on more staff. “New health and beauty brands are looking for greater flexibility and we have looked for growth areas and invested in specialist machinery,” says Steve, speaking of the company’s continuing development.
- 25% - The proportion of total turnover which is sold via Amazon, up from 3% the previous year
“For example, last year we installed a new soft gel plant, opening up a raft of new product lines for our customers. We are currently one of only two soft gel manufacturers in the UK and our plant investment means that we will grow to produce 100 million tablets and capsules a week.”