This post was sponsored by NOW as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Did you watch Mr. Rogers when you were a kid? I watched him religiously and loved it. One of my favorite parts was when the mailman guy would bring a VHS (remember those!?) and Mr. Rogers would watch one of those “How It’s Made” type videos on it. The video would show you all the behind the scenes in factories where random things like crayons or something were manufactured. I LOVED it. I still love all behind the scenes stuff, like how movies are made, etc.
Because of this curiousity, I was extremely excited to visit the home of NOW products for my own behind the scenes education. I have used NOW for many years. John uses their stevia daily in his coffee, I used their biotin from way back in my hair obsessed days, and I currently use their essential oils.
They invited a group of influencers on a trip and we got an education on the history of the company, the food side of the brand (and tips about food trends on the rise – kholrabi and spicey ethnic flavors are on the rise) had a fun “iron chef” style cooking battle, a delicious dinner with NOW Food products, a morning piyo session (that kicked my butt), got to create our own soaps and essential oil blends, and then the facility tour. It was a whirlwind 24 hours of engaging activity, edu-tainment, and info!
After getting a chance to meet the (ever so charming) CEO, and staff, and tour the facilities… NOW is Bae! Here’s why:
They Care About Their People!
This is a company that wants their people to thrive. It is clear from how they speak about their workers of all levels, the energy in the facility, and from a great story we heard that illustrates it. There were some changes made to the health insurance situation, and there were pay minimums in order to be eligible. Instead of allowing some employees to go uninsured, they raised all the employees pay, to meet the minimum to receive insurance.
They care about us, too because:
They Go Above and Beyond….then a little further!
NOW is like that kid in high school that does all the assigned work, and then goes and writes an extra report and hands in when the teacher didn’t even say there was extra credit available. You know that kid? Yeah… Well…. There are certain rules that brands (especially those with consumable products) have to follow. NOW adheres to them strictly. And they do do a bit more.
Inside the facility we got to see the inner workings of where NOW products were developed, tested, produced and every step of the way was safety focused. From sourcing the raw ingredients to the labeling, they went BEYOND what was required by the FDA and governing bodies for supplement companies.
They Have Personality
We got to meet a lot of people in person from the CEO to the brilliant scientific minds creating and testing the products, to the food scientist/ product team, the nutritionist and the sports nutrition folks. Everyone had a great vibe.
Online we can see the vivacious personality of NOW as well. They are really responsive on social. Their twitter game is strong!
Girl Power Abounds!
Touring the facilities in our small group was a treat in itself. We saw all the cool inner workings of both creating and testing the raw materials and formulated products, and preparing them for shipping and sale. We saw so many women in a variety of positions in all areas of the facility. My favorite part was seeing all the women in the science labs. Lookin’ all extra smart with the equipment, testing products to keep us safe… It was girl power central! #STEM for the win!
They Know A Girl Likes Options
I didn’t realize that NOW has over 1400 products on the market. That’s a whole lot! Just looking at something like protein powders. They have pea protein, whey protein, egg protein, and more. They just keep expanding their product lines with things that make sense. Oh, check out the hashtag #HealthyFamNOW for sooo much more info, deets, pics and vids of our trip!
As a gift, we received a huge assortment of goodies worth over $500 and guess what… you get a chance to receive the same!!! Enter the giveaway below and you’re entered to win a HUGE boatload of NOW products including supplements, essential oils, healthy food products, sport nutrition products, and items from the NOW beauty line as well.
To Enter, all you have to do is visit NOW’s website here and comment on this post with what specific products you’d like to try first! Comment on another post and come back to let me know, and you’ll get additional entries. Winner chosen by random.org. “Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.”