The heritage and history of success is important to all businesses, so where did DCC Health & Beauty Solutions start?
DCC Healthcare, one of Europe’s leading healthcare companies and a major division of DCC plc, recognised the potential of the dietary supplements industry and acquired EuroCaps Ltd, a manufacturer of softgel capsules based in South Wales, in the 1990s. This acquisition was closely followed by that of Thompson & Capper Ltd (T&C), a manufacturer of tablets and hard-shell capsules based in Cheshire. These two companies soon developed a close working relationship and had many shared customers. Although remaining as two separate companies, because we shared so much already we decided to adopt a name we could share too and became ‘DCC Nutraceuticals Ltd’.
Some of DCC Nutraceutical’s customers were buying our softgels and tablets and sending them to a contract packer so, to make their life much easier, we added a bottle filling and blister packing facility. More of our customers then started asking if we could provide liquid dosage formats in stick-packs and bottles. In addition, we recognised many of the ingredients we worked with every day appearing in skin and body care products and we noticed that some skin care companies were starting to sell oral supplements. This is how the ‘Beauty from Within’ concept took off and we saw the opportunity for our customers to extend their ranges to include natural beauty products.
With this in mind, in December 2004, DCC acquired Laleham Healthcare, the market leader in the manufacture of liquids and creams. In a very short space of time, many of our customers were selling products that Laleham had produced and some of Laleham’s existing customers were buying tablets and capsules.
Adding to the capability and to broaden the geographic reach of DCC Health and Beauty Solutions Ltd, in June 2012 Vitamex Manufacturing AB was acquired, further strengthing the tablet and packaging in the business.
As our portfolio had extended beyond nutraceuticals we decided that we needed a new name and ‘DCC Health & Beauty Solutions Ltd’ was born.
Our overriding objective is to align ourselves to our customers’ own strategies for growth and supply them with the products that they want. They want something new and we will provide it.