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August 2021

Nellson’s Supply Chain Strengths Help Brands Navigate Current Challenges

(August 26, 2021) Anaheim, CA – Nellson, LLC (Nellson), a leading North American manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bars and functional powder solutions, recently shared insight into current supply chain challenges, and ways in which they are helping brands navigate current pandemic-related challenges. Many factors, such as ingredient availability, delayed shipping, and shifting consumer demand for healthier foods have driven the food ingredient market into a frenzy. Key ingredients are in short supply, making it difficult for brands to get products manufactured and on store shelves. As brands scramble to find new resources in a volatile market, co-manufacturers like Nellson with a strong supply chain foundation can help them find solutions to overcome these formidable challenges.

For example, in the food industry, inulin and protein are two ingredients that have both undergone supply chain shortages caused by the pandemic and increasing global demand. These shortages have presented challenges for manufacturers, including the heightened pressure on price, availability, and contract cancellations. In some cases, lack of supply is driving brands to consider reformulation efforts. Additionally, extended lead times are requiring extreme adjustments to supply planning and forecasting.

“These are very challenging times,” said Francis Rinfret, Vice President Global Supply Chain and Client Interface of Nellson. “Extremely demanding supply chain situations across the market and around the world are causing food and beverage brands to struggle to manage their promotional volumes and to assure tighter distribution practices.”

Rinfret added, “At Nellson, we are proud of our ability to provide our customers with options and increased leverage in sourcing. Our brand partners benefit from our large volume and footprint, our extensive strategic procurement knowledge, and our solid network of market contacts. Being proactive is key, as we anticipate the next hurdle and find creative solutions to counter it before it happens. We are working closer than ever—and communicating frequently—with suppliers regarding longer-term visibility of requirements, so they can in turn, plan and anticipate.”

“The longer a brand partner can commit to providing hard demand visibility, the better,” said Jack Spallone, VP Corporate Procurement of Nellson. “The more variables we can solve for, the fewer opportunities there will be for unforeseen issues. Since the paradigm has shifted in terms of raw material availability and supplier reliability, we know it is more important than ever to adhere to finished good order volumes and corresponding promise dates. We all understand that in today’s environment, making frequent changes after an order has been placed has downstream effects that can often create greater service issues.”

Rinfret followed with, “We have demonstrated a partnership with customers at both ends of the supply chain, exposing them to as much intel as possible. This allows Nellson to proactively provide demand and supply plans at a longer range and to consolidate the strength of our deep network and level-load channels, to avoid peaks and valleys.”

In addition to ingredient availability challenges, shifting consumer demand for healthier foods has added another layer of complexity to the supply chain equation. The pandemic has altered the way consumers view their personal health and has driven many to seek food and beverages to support their immune system. Mintel recently reported 25% of consumers are eating more immune-boosting foods as a direct result of the pandemic, and this percentage jumps to 36% among millennial consumers. The events of the past year have increased consumers’ desire to support their own health, resulting in higher demand for key ingredients including inulin and protein.

“Our supply chain strengths can help brand partners source ingredients that are in short supply, such as inulin and protein. By employing a Design-to-Value philosophy and investing in world-class Supplier Relationship Management, we can provide economies of scale with specific supplier-partners. In turn, this confers benefits to Nellson and our customers,” said Spallone. “The buying power and strategic customer response from our suppliers to us and then to our end customers, puts all of our stakeholders in a better position. These relationships are curated and tested through competitive RFPs, as well as constant evaluation of new source opportunities and a Supplier performance/KPI program.”

Rinfret concluded, “Nellson’s large bi-coastal footprint and volume buying power, along with our extensive procurement knowledge and solid market contacts, allow our team to support our brand partners with creative strategic sourcing solutions. We are here to ensure brands get their products to the shelves, even during these incredibly challenging times.”

Nellson supports brand partners through all stages of the production process with strategic sourcing, continuous improvement and risk management to ensure your next nutrition product is a success. Find out how Nellson can help with your next winning bar and powder project by visiting


About Nellson
Nellson, the leading full-service nutritional bar and powder provider in North America, is based in Anaheim, California with production locations in California, Utah, and Quebec. Founded in 1962, Nellson has over 55 years of diversified expertise in nutrition platforms for bars and powders, serving the sports performance, health and wellness, weight management, and medical nutrition market segments. Nellson offers formulation expertise, quality assurance, regulatory support, flexible production, and sales and marketing support.

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April 2021

Nellson Adds ERP Platform to Give Business and Brand Partners a Competitive Edge in the Marketplace

(April 21, 2021) Anaheim, CA – Nellson, LLC (Nellson), a leading North American manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bar and functional powder solutions, recently completed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) integration. Nellson partnered with 9EDGE Inc. ( and Oracle ( to deploy Oracle’s JD Edwards 9.2 ERP system throughout the organization. The global ERP model brings all Nellson manufacturing and corporate systems under a single umbrella, supporting rapid growth with streamlined processes. It should provide Nellson’s brand partners with controlled costs and a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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March 2021


(March 18, 2021) Anaheim, CA – Nellson, LLC (Nellson), a leading North American manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bar and functional powder solutions, recently released a new white paper titled-What’s Next in Nutrition Bars. This new resource examines trends impacting the bar category to ensure brands are up to speed and ready for action.

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February 2021



(February 2, 2021) Anaheim, CA – Nellson, LLC (Nellson), a leading North American manufacturer of branded and private label nutritional bar and functional powder solutions, recently shared insight into the latest immune-boosting ingredients and trends impacting development and formulations of better-for-you food and beverages.

There has long been a niche for products that offer immunity support, even before our world was rocked by a global pandemic. As more and more consumers seek ways to maintain optimal health, there is a huge opportunity for brands to expand this market segment. According to a recent Mintel report, 21% of consumers had consumed an immune-boosting drink prior to COVID-19, with 51% of consumers preferring functional drinks to traditional vitamins, minerals and supplements.1

"General well-being and taking care of the innate immune system is being embraced by consumers," said Bart Child, Chief Commercial Officer of Nellson. "Demand for products that support immune health is driving a new generation of nutritional products. Our team has been working on a variety of product prototypes specific to immune health at our Launchpad Innovation Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our Innovation Center allows us to work closely with customers to achieve any number of label claims while our technical team assists with product formulations, reformulations, flavor masking and modulating, to ensure immunity-targeted formulas taste great and meet nutritional objectives."

"There are a number of immune-boosting ingredients that are trending, such as very simple vitamin and mineral additions like vitamin C (sourced from anything from ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate to amla powder, acerola extract, citrus bioflavonoid complex, or other natural sources), vitamin D, zinc, magnesium and elderberry,” said Lisa Unlu, Director of R&D-Powders of Nellson. “Ingredients such as zinc mineral sources and elderberry powders are experiencing surges in demand demonstrating the importance of a stable supply chain."

"Our customers benefit from Nellson’s supply chain which ensures we are able to source and supply the types of functional ingredients customers desire for this growing market category," said Child. "As we transition into 2021, interest in immune health will remain strong due to COVID-19 and the demands for these ingredients will likely continue."

"A healthy immune system is dependent on keeping inflammation low in the body. Combinations of turmeric, with its active compound curcumin, ginger which contains the antioxidant gingerol, and black pepper or piperine extract, work synergistically to help reduce inflammation and calm the digestive tract. Maintaining a healthy gut lining is essential for immune health, and to support that, prebiotic fibers and probiotics are recommended for immune health formulations, either separately or in combination, to optimize digestive and immune health," said Unlu.

"There is a range of up-and-coming ingredients with very good clinical research for use in immune-boosting products," said Unlu. "Quercetin, a standardized flavonoid from Sophora japonica L., has been shown to reduce oxidative stress, histamine reactions and asthma symptoms. Echinacea has demonstrated its effectiveness in immune-stimulating activity and preliminary clinical studies show a reduction of influenza symptoms. Yeast beta-glucan and yeast fermentate have been well researched for immune and allergy support, particularly in reducing upper-respiratory infections. Larch arabinogalactan (fiber from the larch tree) has been studied for its effect on reducing cold symptoms compared to placebo in healthy adults."

"As you can see, there are many ingredient options to consider when developing immunity boosting formulas," said Child. "Our technical team is here to assist customers with ingredient recommendations that will help achieve desired label claims, meet brand goals and much more. Nellson offers scale-up, powder blending, as well as a variety of innovative packaging options to help customer-partners create a new generation of great-tasting immune-boosting products that are safe and meet all regulatory requirements."

Find out more about Nellson’s latest solutions for immunity-boosting products with superior taste, functionality and shelf life by visiting

1MINTEL “Functional Drinks: Incl Impact of COVID-19 – USA,” Apr 2020, “COVID-19’s Impact of US Consumers,” Sept 2020.

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January 2021

Nellson Promotes Jean Filion to CEO

(January 13, 2020) Anaheim, CA – Nellson Nutraceutical LLC (“Nellson”), the leading full-service nutritional bar and powder provider in North America, today announced the appointment of Jean Filion to Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Jamie Better, effective today. Since 2015, Jean has served as President of Nellson Canada and Chief Operating Officer of Nellson. Jamie Better will assume the role of Executive Chairman of Nellson.

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