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Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to low iron levels due to the increased demand of iron for the optimum growth and development of the baby. In the last six weeks of pregnancy the baby builds up its own storage of iron from its mother to last for the first 4-6 months following birth. Therefore iron demands can triple by the end of pregnancy, this is often difficult to achieve from dietary sources alone. Child birth can also further reduce iron levels, in this case a natural iron supplement may be beneficial, such as Spatone®.

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The latest IRI UK Iron Category Data* reveals the UK iron supplements category is growing in both volume and value sales. Thetotal category is valued at approx £7.16m, which represents an increase of 5% on the previous year. Spatone® continues to be one of the key drivers of the UK iron supplements category growth and has built on last year’s impressive results with a further 4% growth this year.

Key players in the category are Spatone, Floradix, Feroglobin and own label iron supplements. Spatone continues to be the market leader in the iron supplements category, with a 53% share of total UK category, which hasbeen driven by the addition of Spatone Apple contributing to more than £1.25 million of total Spatone brand sales since launch.  Floradix slips from the #2 brand to #3, most likely because 97% of its sales are in independents which overall have seen declining sales; whereas Feroglobin and Spatone are also sold throughout major multiples which have experienced steady growth. Feroglobin now moves into the #2 slot with 14% market share. Own Label Iron has seen a decline of -8% value and -7% unit sales.

Ngaire Mitchell, UK Brand Manager for Spatone comments: “We are pleased to announce that, even in the present economic conditions, Spatone continues to drive the UK Iron Category as the market leader. This year, to raise awareness of the Spatone brand, we have teamed up with multiple-marathon runner and pregnant, busy working celebrity mum, Nell McAndrew, who has been a fan of Spatone for many years. Nell uses Spatoneevery day to help top up her iron levels to help cope with being a new mum and her busy sporting lifestyle. This campaign is aimed at inspiring all women to be fit and active, taking Spatone to help improve their energy levels and in turn increasing demand for the brand.

Iron Supplement Brand

Market Share in Value







Own Label


Cox  Minerals – Ferrous Sulphate


Ferrograd C – Iron Tablet


Almus Ferrous Sulphate


Sandoz Minerals Iron


Norton Minerals – Ferrous Sulphate


Fersamal Minerals


Solgar Minerals – Mineral Iron



Spatone Apple# combines the unique natural liquid iron supplement Spatone® with added Vitamin C, to aid the iron absorption.  SpatoneApple contains Spatone spa water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park – which can help top up your iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron supplements[i]. Generally, iron is a very difficult mineral for the body to absorb. However, the iron naturally present in Spatone has been shown to be easily absorbed, with up to 40% bioavailability[ii], compared to 5- 20%[iii] from food and other iron supplements. The additional Vitamin C in Spatone Apple helps you to absorb iron. Spatone Apple – £9.95 for 28 sachets (4 weeks supply). For more info visit

[i] McKenna D, Spence D, Haggan SE, McCrum E, Dornan JC, Lappin TR. (2003) A randomized trial investigating an iron-rich neutral mineral water as a prophylaxis against iron deficiency in pregnancy. 25; 99-103

[ii] Worwood M, Evans WD, Villis RJ and Burnett AK. (1996) Iron absorption from a natural mineral water (Spatone Iron-Plus). Clin Lab Haem  18; 23-27.

[iii] Webster-Gandy J, Madden A, Holdsworth M Ed’s (2006) Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

*Source: IRI data for UK Iron Category (w/e 18th May 2013)

# It is important to follow a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy balanced diet

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