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vitafusion™ is dedicated to making nutrition taste good with their yummy adult gummy vitamins. But you know what’s sweeter than a gummy? How the company has sustained hundreds of local manufacturing jobs. The parent company of vitafusion™, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., has two manufacturing facilities based in Vancouver, Washington, and yesterday I attended a special event at their local office to learn more about the company’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
The Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Vancouver area facilities currently employ over 400 people and will produce over 1.6 billion gummies this year. That’s a lot of gummies! This production is supported in part by Walmart’s initiative to buy an additional $250 billion in American-made products by 2023. “Walmart has been great for our business and their purchasing has allowed us to make a strong impact on our communities by creating jobs at local factories,” said Laurie Kirschner, Director of Marketing for Vitamins & Supplements at Church & Dwight.
During the event, we heard from employees and local officials, including Mayor of Ridgefield Ron Onslow, about the positive impact this has on the community. In addition to sustaining local jobs, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is committed to sustainability, with the goal of using 100% renewable electricity in all US plants and corporate offices by the end of 2018. Mayor Onslow commended these eco-friendly efforts and contribution to the local economy, telling the crowd: “I’m thrilled to be here celebrating these many jobs that Church & Dwight and Walmart support in the great state of Washington.”
After the presentation, I also had a chance to taste a few of these locally-produced gummies! I was impressed by how many different supplements they offer for almost every need. Some of the newest additions to the line include vitafusion™ Everyday Energy and vitafusion™ Simply Good line, which uses juice from Pacific Northwest pears and contains no High Fructose Corn Syrup. They also have a full line of gummy vitamins for children called L’il Critters™.
I have to confess something: I have a really hard time taking vitamins. When I was a child, my health-conscious mom gave me large handfuls of vitamins to take every single day. If you’ve ever taken herbal supplements like echinacea, then you know that they taste awful, especially to a little kid. Oh, if only I had L’il Critters™ back then! Because of that gross association, I have somewhat of a Pavlovian reaction to taking vitamins as an adult and just can’t do it without gagging. That is why I love, love, love these vitafusion™ gummies! They taste just like candy – even the ones with echinacea in them! It’s amazing! I made a beeline for the Vitamin C gummies during the event, since I’m recovering after being sick for 3 weeks. And since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I’m going to pick up some of their Vitamin D gummies the next time I am at Walmart for sure!