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Vegan Products and Claims

VEGAN PRODUCTS
veganandcrueltyfreeWe often get requests to develop products that can carry a vegan claim.   It’s not difficult to develop a product made from plant material and not made from animal derived materials- that can be done.  Animals are rarely used for testing anymore and new methods have been developed to replace many of the tests formerly done on animals.    But that same chemical may have been tested on animals decades ago to prove its safety.  It may have been tested on animals because there simply was no other test available.  The truly “ethical vegan” may struggle with this. So the question is always asked.  When you say “vegan”, what do you mean?  What is it you will accept? What is not acceptable? The lines are not always clear.

Vegans are often confused with vegetarians but they are not the same.  The “Vegan” term itself was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson when he founded the Vegan Society of England.  It started more as a vegetarian type of diet back then and excluded consumption of meat and dairy products and has evolved to what it is today.  Today there are different forms of veganism.  There’s the “ethical vegan” that believes the diet and all other areas of their life should be void of meat, food and materials that are obtained by exploiting or slaughtering animals.  For example, in addition to the obvious: meat- silk, wool, leather, down, even bee’s wax wouldn’t be consumed by the “ethical vegan”.

The “dietary vegan” is one that excludes food from the diet unless it is derived from a fruit, bean, nut, seed or vegetable.  Soy is a staple of the vegan diet as a valued source of protein and can be made to mimic milk, meat, burgers and sausage made from soy.

MARGUERITE PETIT   Arizona Natural Resources Director of Quality Assurance

 

By |October 11th, 2016|Quality Control|Comments Off on Vegan Products and Claims

Removing Ionic Impurities

Manufacturing High Quality Purified Water. Part 1 Removing Ionic Impurities.

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High quality purified water is a must in aqueous toiletry formulations. You can use the finest of raw materials and have the best processes in place, but if you are using poor quality water, it will most likely be detrimental to your formula. These detrimental effects can be apparent from the completion of your batch or may take place over time. If these detrimental effects take place over time, your product may already be in the field.

This may lead to customer complaints, a product recall or even a loss of business and reputation. Manufacturing high quality purified water for toiletries does not need to be overly complicated or extremely expensive. The best place to start is to find and set a water quality specification you are trying to achieve for your product formulations. There is much information on the internet and in books to determine what specifications you want to achieve. You may even want to contact your local water filtration company for advice. Once you have a specification set, you can determine the type of water system you want to use. Two of the main goals for achieving high quality purified water should be removing ionic and organic impurities. Ionic impurities can wreck havoc on any product formulation. Ionic impurities can cause unstable emulsions, out of spec viscosities, color drifts, color bleaching or even a yellowing of product over time. The list goes on and on. Ionic impurities need to be removed to produce a high quality stable product. Removing ionic impurities is achieved by using water deionization filtration tanks. There are Cationic resin, Anionic resin and mixed bed resin tanks. Cationic resin tanks have a positive charge and remove ionic impurities such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium and manganese. Anionic resin tanks have a negative charge and remove ionic impurities such as nitrates, chlorides, sulfates, carbonate, silica and bicarbonates. These two types of tanks can be placed in tandem inline on your water filtration system. A mixed bed resin deionization tank is a combination and contains both Cationic and Anionic resins. This achieves both negative and positive charge deionization. There are other pieces of equipment that should always be attached to the deionization tank/tanks. A pre-filter should be placed before the tank/tanks. This will help eliminate any sediment that may be in the city water from entering the tank/tanks. A pressure regulator and or a flow meter should be placed before the deionization tank/tanks also. Most deionization tanks have both a pressure rating and a water flow rating. Rising above these ratings will make your water not meet specification and deemed unusable. A resistivity sensor should be placed after the tank/tanks. The light will indicate when your tank/tanks have lost their charge and are spent. This means it is time to change to a new tank/tanks. The sensitivity of your resistivity sensor should be based on the water specifications that were decided to achieve. These suggestions are enough to get you going on removing ionic impurities. These suggestions are by far not the only way to do this process but are tried and proven processes for removing the ionic impurities. In the next blog I will write about removing organic impurities.

TRAVIS MCCHESNEY Arizona Natural Resources Senior Manufacturing Manager

By |October 7th, 2016|Production|Comments Off on Removing Ionic Impurities

Supply Chain Vertical Alliance Strategies for Success

SCMCompanies that choose to work their supplier base closely and adopt a “alliance relationship management” approach toward business with their key supply chain partners will see benefits by both parties working together to enhance the business experience.
The objectives should include:
Providing a method to ensure a healthy and vibrant relationship
Creating an agreed upon problem resolution platform
Defining and communicating continuous improvement goals that create benefit to both parties

Working with your key supplier base as partners helps ensure opportunities for continuous improvement and proactive communication to avoid costly mistakes or delays throughout the manufacturing and supply process.

Paul Bohm – ANR Purchasing Director

By |October 5th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Supply Chain Vertical Alliance Strategies for Success

Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs

Sometimes you are not made aware of everything you should ask your customer supplied packaging provider when quoting for your packaging.

Case in point: Picture #1 is a box of bottles that every bottle had been individually bagged. This brings additional costs to a project if not accounted for in the initial quoting process, these additional costs  are reflected in:
· Added time of the run, bottles aren’t available to run until they are de-bagged so you need to have some of this done prior to starting the line just to stay ahead
· To do the job of de-bagging requires additional people on the line and the faster the run the more people it requires
If you look more closely at the picture you will notice that the bottles are not uniformly packed – some are facing up, some are facing down and some not in this picture were laying on their side. In a best case scenario we would open a box from the end where the bottom of the bags were packed which allows us to more quickly grab the ends and pull them off.

 

Now look at the second picture…the bags and bottles work together to a heightened static charge.
When an operator tries to throw the bags away the bags can’t be just be dropped, even shaking the hands only works sporadically and it taking too long to get the bags off the hands results in a slowdown in the labeling. The bags can stick to an operator, the machine and parts between.
When the run is finished there there is additional time spent to clean up all the bags.
Of course if the customer determines this is what is best for their packaging it can be handled…but can effect your labor cost beyond a package that can be simply opened and placed on the filler.
Make sure to ask about all the details when you are working with your customer supplied packaging provider to effectively control your labor costs.

 Jim Gurr – ANR Dir. of Filling Operations, Dir. Safety, Health & Environment

By |September 29th, 2016|Packaging, Production|Comments Off on Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs

Product Testing

In R&D, we work with customers to take their ideas/concepts and turn them into products. We strive to achieve an aesthetically pleasing product for the customer; however, our job does not end there. The following article gives a snapshot of the different testing that the customer may need to carry out before a formula is ready to go into full production.

Mike Slayton – ANR Senior Chemist

By |September 28th, 2016|Research & Development|Comments Off on Product Testing

Adaptability

Creams, lotions, shampoos, oils, foaming products, thick products, contract manufacturing and filling companies must accommodate a wide variety of variables. At Arizona Natural Resources we worked directly with the equipment manufacturer to develop filler controls that allow any product to be filled as quickly as possible with an accuracy of .5 % bottle to bottle. These controls also reduce spills, overfills, and rejects, which in turn allow us to share our labor savings with our customers.

Michael Morrison – ANR Plant Engineering

By |September 28th, 2016|Engineering|Comments Off on Adaptability

Hot Fills

Contract manufacturing and filling has seen an increase in the need for “hot fills” for pomades, waxes, and deodorants. To meet this need, we at Arizona Natural Resources have developed equipment and techniques that can fill jars, ovals, and even tubes. The product is transferred directly from the batching tanks to the fillers where it is filled to an accuracy of a gram or two.

Michael Morrison – ANR Plant Engineering

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By |September 26th, 2016|Engineering|Comments Off on Hot Fills

ANR Commitment to Quality

Arizona Natural Resources commitment to quality assures that we  provide products that meet or exceed customer expectations. Our  team is dedicated to providing Outstanding customer service.

ANR maintains an FDA compliant facility with Standard Operating  Procedures (SOPs), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs),  TTB / ATF registration & permits.

Since 1972, honesty & integrity have been the cornerstone of ANR’s  success. We understand that the quality of our products is not only a  reflection of our company, but also of our valued customers. That is  why quality is the focus and responsibility of every employee at  ANR.

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By |September 21st, 2016|Quality Control|Comments Off on ANR Commitment to Quality

ANR Simple Beginnings

Simple Beginnings –
A Jar of Mud from the Sonoran Desert
Founded in 1972 by George F. Dembow, Jr., ANR was launched with a product that came bubbling out of the ground: Down To Earth Mineral Mud Mask…
This mud had been used for thousands of years by the Yavapai Indians in Arizona for its beautification and skin “tightening” properties – George thought it would be fabulous to share this small miracle! A short time later, other natural products, such as a Cactus Moisturizer and Shampoo, were introduced into the Down to Earth line.
In the mid-1970s, we expanded into manufacturing private label treatment cosmetics & toiletries for the department store trade. By the end of the decade, we were producing private label personal care products for 80% of department stores in the U.S. carrying private label programs.
During the 1980s, we purchased “Living Nail” Nail Hardener from Bendyne Ltd (sold in 2000), and started servicing the hotel amenities industry, manufacturing small bottles of personal care products given to hotel guests. We also broadened into personal care contract manufacturing and private label candles. We purchased Crystal Candles Corporation and began producing its signature products: Lord Byron’s™ Smoker’s Odor Eliminating Candle, Pet Odor Eliminating Candle, & Scentual Pleasures™ aromatherapy candles.

Today Since the mid-1990s, there’s been a shift in the personal care industry from a private label emphasis to the need for innovative, cutting-edge technologies. Most beauty marketers now desire custom, unique formulations in a world full of “Me Too” products. So we changed our focus and built up our R&D Laboratory to accommodate this direction.
Arizona Natural Resources, Inc. is proud to continue its family-owned tradition. We are the leading innovative developer & contract manufacturer of Skin & Hair Care products.

Currently, we manufacture for many prestigious companies throughout the United States, including Fortune 500 companies, mass marketers, department stores, health specialty stores, direct marketers, spas, resorts, and others.
For over 40 years, it has been our primary goal to be at the forefront of our field by following these simple principles: Quality, Service, Value, Honesty, & Innovation.

By |September 20th, 2016|Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on ANR Simple Beginnings