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Biddiscombe International


The company started with a handful of employees and one product, Max A, a vitamin A lotion in 1985 and has grown to 10 employees, expanding during peak periods. Now the company manufactures close to 400 different products each year for their contract manufacturing customers and 50 of their own branded products for the sunless tanning industry.

John Melville has a background in chemistry and ingredients with an engineering degree and an MBA. This experience allowed him to run a world leader in advanced ingredients for the beverage industry; and a tech company that was part of a 200 year old family enterprise with two sophisticated natural chemical facilities in the UK and US.

Successful advertising in trade magazines, tradeshows, key industry directories and an edgy revamped website allows this boutique manufacturer to bring in new leads. The company has experienced double digit growth in the last two years and expects the trend to continue.

Their success comes from a solid staff focused on partnering with customers through creativity, responsiveness, and consistency. Their lab works closely with their customers to give them what they want, ranging from economical personal care products to very high end, anti-aging  or purpose specific cosmetic products. 


Key short terms goals are to expand their offering of certified organic products under the sunless program and work with customers to achieve their natural and organic goals including certifications if desired. This unique company might be small but they have big capabilities. They know how to deal with international trade requirements, have EU and U.S. organic certification, create terrific products, and can fill orders from 500 units to as many as 80,000 units.

Biddiscombe International credits the help of ICMAD to keep current with the developments in the regulation of cosmetic manufacturers here in the US. And as a small company, this area is always a little worrying.

Creating skincare programs can be quite complex. Biddiscombe’s goal is to minimize customers’ pressure so they can focus on strategic objectives and business development. For more information contact 800-258-3313 or