Looking at the supplement industry as a barometer for drug delivery systems, it’s apparent that gummies are gaining traction as a preferred delivery system. In 2019, the sales of non-pill formats, including gummies, powders and shots, exceeded the sales of pill formats and that gap between the pill and non-pill market share continues to grow. In 2021, non-pill delivery formats represented 60.8% of sales.
Gummies are now the single largest format by market share (although the total for combined pills, softgels, capsules and pill packs is still greater), and represent $12.97 billion in annual sales. The popularity of gummies will likely continue to grow as, according to Nutrition Business Journal, supplement consumers in 2021 chose non-pill formats for 60% of their purchases while the demand for tablets and capsules are flat to down and soft gels, on the supplement side, are also flat.
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