Monday, May 20, 2013

Behind the Scenes of Superior Source™ Vitamins

Superior Source™ Vitamins in marketing display rack
Here's a little something about me: I have a hard time swallowing pills. Small pills, I can handle, it's the big horse pills that I have difficulty swallowing. I had to force myself to take prenatal pills during my two pregnancies. I just don't understand why prenatal pills, or any pill, have to be so big. Just the thought of the mere size of the pills makes me freeze up. I literally have to stand over the sink to drink my supplements just in case I have to throw it up. Well, it turns out, I am not alone after all. I met several people a few weeks ago who also had the same issue as me. It seems weird, but knowing that there are others out there who have anxiety swallowing pills made me feel better.

A blogger friend of mine asked if I were interested in taking a tour of Superior Source™ Vitamins. (Disclosure: Sponsored post.) I had never heard of it before so I did a quick web search. Upon learning that the company offers MicroLingual® tablets, I was intrigued. The only time I had taken a sublingual pill was for nausea during my first pregnancy. Oh, that was fantastic. It didn't work due to my hyperemesis, but I was never afraid of or anxious about taking it. A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters and manufacturing plant of Superior Source™ Vitamins. That was indeed an interesting experience.

Have you ever seen an episode of How It's Made? Well, that's what the whole experience was like. Several bloggers toured the facility and we got to see how the MicroLingual® vitamin tablets were made, from beginning to end. 

Superior Source™ warehouse facility tour

Quarantine, testing, and washing were my take-away messages. Everything the company receives gets quarantined in a section of the warehouse. From ingredients, to labels, to bottles, pretty much anything that gets distributed gets quarantined. Next, testing. The company tests all of their ingredients in house before mixing them in batches. Quality control tests for efficacy to ensure that the pill delivers what the bottle states each pill will deliver. Aside from in house testing, Superior Source™ also sends out samples of batches to be tested off site. So, before they send anything out for sale, boxes of bottled pills stay in the warehouse until it gets the green "go" sticker. Lastly, washing. Employees wash a lot at Superior Source™. They not only wash their hands, but equipment, and work stations as well.

My favorite part of the tour was the assembly line. It was so fun to see how the pills were bottled from start to finish. It really felt like I was inside an episode of How It's Made. In the tv series, you see mostly machines doing the work. That's also true at Superior Source™, there are machines that bottle, slap on labels, and box the pills; but it was great to see and speak with the human workers as well.

Superior Source™ assembly line and bottling vitamin b

MicroLingual® tablets by Superior Source™ Vitamins

  • Vitamins A, B, D, K
  • Minerals
  • Multi-Vitamin complexes for men and women
  • Children's line
  • Herbal helpers/extracts
  • CoENZYME Q-10
  • Energy products
  • Colostrum
After the tour, we had lunch with Superior Source™ CEO Ron Beckenfield, some employees, and PR. Every now and again, an employee would stop by and chat with Ron. What I noticed was that there was a sense of cohesion, like family, among the employees at the company. Some employees has been with the company for over 20 years. That's pretty amazing.

On the way home, I sampled a B12 vitamin. The pill was so small I could have probably swallowed it without any problems. But, I didn't have to. I put it under my tongue and within 10 seconds, it dissolved. It was completely gone and I didn't even have to stress over it. Loved it.

To learn more about Superior Source™ Vitamins, visit its website. You can also connect with Superior Source™ Vitamins on FacebookTwitter, Google+, and YouTube.

If you could visit a manufacturing plant for any product, what would it be?

Disclosure: Sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.