ADA, Mich., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amway broke ground today on a new $10 million botanical research center in Wuxi, China.
The center will serve as a site for agricultural research on plants used in traditional Chinese medicine with the goal of incorporating developments into global launches of nutrition and beauty products. It will be located in Wu Cultural Park, a location selected for its soil, climate and surroundings, and will be the company's second research and development center in China.
The Wuxi location will include approximately 120 acres for the farming of product ingredients, and labs for research and testing. The agricultural component will expand the company's global focus on organic, sustainable farming practices. Amway already operates organic farms in Brazil, Mexico and the United States – totaling more than 6,400 acres.
The effort also connects the company's NUTRILITE™ brand of nutrition products back to its beginnings. In 1934, Nutrilite founder Carl Rehnborg launched the brand based in part on observations and study from 10 years spent in China. Today, Nutrilite is the world's number one selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand.*
Alticor / Amway is the world's #1 direct selling business, ranked by 2012 global sales of $11.3 billion in the Direct Selling News Global 100, and based on the efforts of more than 3 million Amway distributors and more than 21,000 employees in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. Founded in 1959 by entrepreneurs Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, and based in Ada, Michigan, U.S., Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities that are supported by a global agribusiness, manufacturing and logistics supply chain.
More than 900 scientists, engineers and technical professionals work in 75 R&D and quality assurance labs worldwide to support product development and create a culture of scientific excellence. Top-selling brands for Amway are NUTRILITE™ vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, ARTISTRY™ skincare and color cosmetics, and eSpring™ water treatment systems. For company news, visit globalnews.amway.com.
*Source Euromonitor International Limited. www.euromonitor.com/amway-claims