Grotech Production is a contract manufacturer of chemical products for the agricultural, horticultural, household, motor and construction industries
Following bumper crops for consumers and the retailer this summer the Goole-based firm has been contracted to produce next summer’s gardening range and develop a number of household products in a move that will create jobs for Grotech Production.
The high street retailer asked Grotech to develop a value for money range of fertilisers including everything from lawn feed to tomato fertiliser.
Stephen Moore, customer relationship manager, said the retailer wanted to be able to offer good quality liquid fertilisers to keen horticulturalists.
“They came to us with a list of products and asked us to come up with formulations that we would manufacture and they could pack in their distinctive branding to retail within their existing competitive pricepoint policy.
“As a contract manufacturer we are able to be a bit adventurous when approached with projects such as this. The brief was very strict because the price point was very keen but the customer realised that we could add expertise and experience of the horticultural market to produce a winning product that was popular with consumers,” he said.
The biggest challenge was to ensure that the fertilisers remained stable over a range of temperatures and didn’t show precipitation in store. This involved formulating to avoid any undesired reactions and performing stability trials to test and provide our customer with confidence in the products.
Having demonstrated its capacity to manufacture high quality garden products, the retailer has awarded Grotech contracts to formulate, manufacture and pack other key lines including household cleaners.
“Contract manufacturing demands quality, consistency and capacity to deliver which we demonstrated with this horticultural range. We are after all handling the customer’s reputation as well as their products. Being asked to manufacture diverse ranges demonstrates the confidence our customer has in our comprehensive products and services,” added Moore.
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