Watson's Your Personal Store to sell Jamieson natural health products in Taiwan



    Taiwanese can buy natural supplements made by Canada's quality leader

    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Jamieson Laboratories, Canada's leading
manufacturer of natural health products, and Watson's Your Personal Store
(Watson's), Asia's leading health and beauty retailer, today announced they
have reached agreement to market Jamieson's quality-leading vitamins and
mineral products exclusively through Watson's.
    Watson's has a store network of almost 400 stores across Taiwan offering
a range of more than 25,000 products. Watson's history dates back to 1828 when
the Canton Dispensary was first founded and free medical services were
provided to the needy in Canton, China.
    Watson's has signed an exclusive three-year agreement to market Jamieson
products in the Taiwan market, including its quality-leading vitamins and
mineral products. Other specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
    "For the last 85 years, Jamieson Laboratories has provided consumers with
innovative products of the highest quality, purity and safety and, since 1828,
Watson's has provided consumers with leading pharmaceutical and OTC products
from around the world," explained Vic Neufeld, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Jamieson Laboratories Limited. "Together, Jamieson and Watson's will
provide Taiwan consumers with one of the most trusted and advanced natural
healthcare brands in the world."
    "Working with Jamieson, we will finally be able to provide Taiwan
consumers with something almost everyone else in Asia has benefited from for
many years now - the highest-quality natural health products from Jamieson,"
said Ian Cruddas, Managing Director, Watson's Taiwan. "Taiwan consumers
associate quality with products that are made in Canada - and Jamieson natural
supplements epitomize this."
    "Jamieson natural vitamins, minerals, concentrated food supplements,
herbs and botanical medicines are premium quality products that will
complement our existing OTC offerings very well," added Mr. Cruddas. "Our
consumers are very excited about the opportunity to use the high-quality
Jamieson products that everyone in Asia has been talking about."
    "The Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan welcomes the introduction of
Jamieson's natural supplements at Watson's and is pleased to be associated
with the announcement of this agreement," said Rosaline Kwan, Director, Trade
and Investment, Canadian Trade Office, in Taipei. "The CTOT looks forward to
growth in sales and an expanded range of products in Taiwan from Jamieson in
the area of natural health products. The launch today of this initiative is a
notable step forward in the broadening and deepening of the commercial
relationship between Canada and Taiwan in this important sector. It is one of
which we are particularly proud given Jamieson's leadership in the industry
and state of the art manufacturing technology."

    About Watson's Your Personal Store

    Watson's is a subsidiary of the A.S. Watson Group, the retail division of
Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited.
    With a history dating back to 1828, the A.S. Watson Group has evolved
into a truly international retail and manufacturing business with operations
in 36 markets worldwide.
    Today, the Group has more than 98,000 employees and operates more than
7,800 retail stores running the gamut from health and beauty, luxury
perfumeries and cosmetics to food, electronics, fine wine and airport retail
arms. Also an established player in the beverage industry, A.S. Watson
provides a full range of beverages from bottled water, fruit juices, soft
drinks and tea products to the world's finest wine labels via its
international wine wholesaler and distributor.
    In Asia, the A.S. Watson portfolio encompasses some of the region's most
favourite brands and retail chains. These include health and beauty specialist
Watson's Your Personal Store, PARKnSHOP supermarket, TASTE food galleria,
Great Food Hall, Gourmet boutique style fine food hall, Fortress electrical
appliance stores, Watson's Wine Cellar and Nuance-Watson airport duty free
shops. A.S. Watson is also a major producer and distributor of water products
and beverages in the region with Watson's Water as the top-selling brand in
Hong Kong.
    For further information, please visit www.aswatson.com.

    About Jamieson Laboratories

    Established in 1922, Jamieson Laboratories is Canada's largest
manufacturer and distributor of advanced natural health care products.
Jamieson's state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing laboratories are
located in Windsor, Ontario. The company is a world leader in the vitamin and
nutrition industry, exporting to more than 50 countries including the United
States, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. For more information,
please visit the Jamieson Laboratories website at www.jamiesonvitamins.com or
call 1 (800) 265-5088.

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For further information:

For further information: John B. Challinor II APR, Director of
Communications, Jamieson Laboratories, (416) 960-0052, Ext. 4205,
jchallinor@jamiesonlabs.com; Stephanie Blok, Manager of Public Relations,
Jamieson Laboratories, (416) 960-0052, Ext. 2714, sblok@jamiesonlabs.com

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