NBTY, Inc., formerly known as Nature's Bounty, Inc., is an American manufacturer of vitamins and nutritional supplements which are distributed under many third party brands in the United States and internationally. Its name was changed from Nature's Bounty, Inc. to NBTY, Inc. in 1995. NBTY also markets products to chain stores such as CVS and Target.
In 1999, NBTY became a supplier of nutritional supplements for Wal-Mart under the Nature's Bounty brand, and was named Wal-Mart's Supplier of the Year in 2002.
In May 2000, NBTY announced a large addition to its supply of products at Walgreens.
In 2003, CVS selected NBTY as its exclusive supplier for all existing vitamins and supplements.
On July 15, 2010 NBTY agreed to be acquired by The Carlyle Group in a $3.5B deal.
In 2012, NBTY acquired Balance bar.
Nature's Bounty was founded in 1971 by Arthur Rudolph primarily as a mail order, catalog based company. Nature's Bounty is headquartered in Bohemia, New York.
Nature's Bounty distributes its products to supermarkets, drug store chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, and health food stores under various brand names, as well as selling direct-to-consumer. Some of their more recognizable brands include Puritan's Pride, Vitamin World, Osteo-Bi-Flex, Nutrition Warehouse, Balance bar, MET-Rx, and GNC (UK). Other brands owned by NBTY include Holland & Barrett (UK), Rexall, Sundown, Solgar, Precision Engineered, WORLDWIDE Sport Nutrition, American Health, DeTuinen, LeNaturiste, Flexamin, Knox, Herbal Authority, and Doctor's Trust and Leiner Health Products (which was acquired in 2008).
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