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Update on Alpha Nutrition Formulas
Looking at a challenging future. Our formula business involves great complexity, international suppliers and increasing costs. for example one of our main suppliers sent us a letter stating: "We have seen increases in many commodity markets and changes in global economic conditions that are continuing to result in significant increases in the cost of goods. Despite working diligently with our suppliers and principals we are unable to absorb these increases and are forced to pass on increases to our customers. We thank you in advance for your continued business and understanding during these difficult market conditions."
We have received similar messages from other suppliers. Our ingredient and freight costs have escalated dramatically. By progressively reducing our local overhead we have continued to offer low prices and quantity discounts online. As we better understand the increasing costs, in we probably will need to adjust our prices, and reduce our discounts.
Shipping Costs continue to rise. Our solution is use lower cost expedited mail for all shipments. Plan ahead and allow 10 days or more for delivery. If faster delivery is really required, please comment in your order and we send you an email with a quote on the express delivery cost. Delivery times vary with your location, weather, natural disasters and politics. All we can say is that it is an increasingly unpredictable world and post office performance is just one measure of how well your infrastructures are coping with changing circumstances.
Changes in Formula Ingredients
Our challenge is to maintain a supply chain for ingredients. We have been making elemental nutrient formulas for 20 years and tried to stay with original ingredient manufacturers, but this has proved to be impossible. In recent years, the supply chain has become, at best, more expensive and unstable. When we find new ingredient suppliers we do our best to maintain consistency but give priority to the nutrient chemistry. There are inevitable small differences in ingredient specs. There are also small changes in particle size of some vitamins and amino acids that influence the rate of solution in water and color which is paler than before. Beta carotene provides the orange/yellow color- we have been using 1% betacarotene with a mix of other ingredients that had a darker color than the new beta carotene preparation. Our testing has reassured us that the function has not changed. None of the changes are apparent to users who mix the formulas in a blender with juices, fruits, or other foods such as rice and soya milks.
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