Self-Care Week – Be Healthy This Winter

Self-Care Week is a national annual awareness week that provides the opportunity for consumers to learn and focus on better self-care and the benefits it has on short, and long term health. This year’s Self-Care Week runs from the 17th to 23rd of November with the theme ‘Self-Care for Life – Be Healthy This Winter’.

The winter months bring with them many ailments for your customers with and without long term illnesses. Flu and cold viruses are more common, people desire comfort food rich in carbohydrates more and the cold weather can make underlying illnesses flare up. So requests for vitamins, supplements and minerals to help boost the immune system, aid weight loss and increase energy this winter will increase dramatically.

Which supplements are best to leverage and grow your business this winter for better Self-Care?

To Beat the Bulge

Research by Ira Ockene documents that calorie intake increases as the weather gets colder. To beat the bulge, recommend 5-HTP to your customers. This supplement can reduce eating behaviours, and help improve mood which in turn can decrease ‘comfort eating’. The University of Rome even found that this supplement can reduce calorie intake by around 50%. Green Tea also helps burn excess fat by increasing the metabolic rate and is rich in antioxidants too.

For Tackling Lack of Sunlight

Another supplement to recommend to customers that will help them self-care during the winter months is Vitamin D. Many of your customers will go in search of replenishing vitamins no longer available to them through natural sources. Vitamin D aids sufferers of S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) brought on by lack of sunlight. Boosting the Omega-3 fatty acids in a diet can also help turn things around. Omega 3 is one of the only natural substances that have been tested and proven to have a positive impact on serotonin (the body’s natural chemical that helps regulate mood) perfect for those effected in the winter.

For Arthritis and Asthma

Arthritis and Asthma are among the top illnesses aggravated by cold and wet weather so leverage Omega-3. This supplement aids with inflammation and the immune system for such sufferers. Capsicum is another supplement proven to aid Asthma sufferers. This helps strengthens the immune system, fighting cold and flu viruses that cause complications for people with respiratory problems.

For General Health

An obvious winter supplement is Vitamin C. It is the go-to vitamin for most people to prevent illness. Preserving healthy connective tissue to provide support and structure for organs, Vitamin C helps to protect the body from infection and improves circulation.

Taking Part

For more information to leverage vitamins and supplements for your business customers speak to a friendly representative email ParkAcre today. We will be happy to help. Or you can contact us to produce custom formulations especially for the winter.

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Five Ways to Leverage Protein to Grow Your Business

Protein is on the rise! All you have to do is look around and you’ll see that protein is stated on grocery products, in advertising, and featured in all the latest diets.

So what factors are behind this increasing trend?

Historically, protein has been viewed by consumers as a vital part of a healthy and well balanced diet. It was at the very centre of which meals were planned around and until the late 90’s only the elite, high performing athletic community consumed alternative forms. Energy bars, diet bars and protein drinks were associated with hard-core gym goers and body builders looking to aid recovery after a workout and build muscle. However, over the past few years protein has been sought out by the latest generation of consumers in new formats for consumption beyond traditional sources, positioned more around a healthy lifestyle.

Research has told us that most people start their journey to healthy eating by cutting down on negatives, such as saturated fats and sugar. As they progress further along their healthy journey they look for positives and protein has been well-documented with many benefits to achieve this outcome. It helps children grow, supports muscle development in active teens, aids women in weight loss and prevents memory loss among seniors. The result being a consumption shift from the fat-free and sugar-free which all revolve around restraint and avoidance, to protein which revolves around eating more. And so protein becomes mainstream, and it doesn’t stop there.

The sports nutrition market was worth £270m in 2012 according to Euromonitor International and it is estimated that the world will be consuming £8bn a year of protein bars, drinks and other supplements by 2017.

So what is the potential it could have for your business and can you leverage it to grow your business?

  1. Seek out opportunities for product innovation in categories where protein isn’t currently prominent. Consider the acceptance of consumers if protein was introduced to that category, and the way the protein is added to the product.
  2. Consider revealing proteins that already exist in your product portfolio to let consumers know they’re there.
  3. Market and merchandise proteins across different consumption occasions (i.e snack, sport, health) to offer consumers an array of protein options.
  4. Provide suggestions and cross merchandise proteins. Show consumers how to combine proteins to boost total intake. For example, top off a Power Whey Protein Shake with Greek yogurt.
  5. Investigate the opportunity to leverage emerging protein trends, such as the growth in plant based or vegetable protein.

Is there potential for you to leverage your business from protein? We’d like to hear about it. Contact us via email, or one of our social media platforms.

Welcome to Our Brand New Blog

We have become recognised in the marketplace as the benchmark provider of Quality VMS (Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements) products for 10 years now, and over this time we have picked up a tip or two about how to communicate with our customers effectively. In addition to our already well founded reputation, you may have noticed that there have been some big changes at ParkAcre recently. We’ve expanded, and become even more customer focused than ever before. Opening two brand new cleanrooms, increasing production and developing ‘Trade Point’ our online order portal coming soon – ensuring your experience with us is second to none.

By working with our customers to innovate supplements, vitamins and minerals, our close links with the industry and some of the advance projects we have been involved in, we felt it was time for us to start sharing. So, welcome to our brand new blog!

Bookmark this page to gain insight from our specialists, and learn lessons from our experience. We’ll be inviting our team, partners and contacts to share their views on a wide range of topics affecting our industry today and surmising about the future trends in nutraceuticals.

As always, your opinion is valued and we’d love to hear your thoughts and include your contributions to the blog. Email us directly or get in touch via Twitter, Facebook, Google + or our latest platform LinkedIn. We look forward to hearing from you.

About Us

We are one of the UK’s largest fully integrated contract manufacturers of Supplements, Minerals and Vitamins. Founded in 2004. With over 400 products and thousands of bespoke custom formulations, we create products to suit customer requirements and offer flexible production, using their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.

History & Achievements

  • In 2013 we were able to add new features such as tablet coating, powder and sachet filling and blister packaging to our services.
  • We have been awarded Small / Medium Business of the Year 2014 at the Lincolnshire Business Awards October 21st
  • June 2014 we were invited to represent manufacturers in the nutraceuticals industry at the Nutrition Integrates conference in London.
  • By 2014 we began to supply Private label services to over 200 international businesses. 

Online Ordering

We are soon to have ‘Trade Point’ our new online ordering system, allowing our customers to make orders online based on exact requirements, from branding and packaging to content.