Orange County Economic Development

Name of Business:  Desert Harvest

Description:  Founded in 1993, Desert Harvest manufactures all-natural nutritional supplements and skin care using 100% organic aloe and natural botanicals.  All products are non-GMO, vegan, Kosher certified, paraben-free and manufactured under strict cGMP. We are woman-owned, family operated and an Orange County Certified Living Wage employer. Our products are doctor recommended and sold throughout the world.

What year was your business founded/established?  1993
What made you decide to open your business?  In 1993, our founder’s sister was diagnosed with a chronic, painful condition which is how Desert Harvest became committed to developing a product that would help her. We created a pure concentrated, high potency form of aloe vera specifically for IC/BPS patients. Our patented freeze dry process allows us to retain the maximum amount of nutrients right after harvesting, while removing 100 percent of the water, insoluble fiber and the caustic latex chemicals in the aloe plant known to be irritating. We add no fillers, artificial preservatives or ingredients.

In 1995, we conducted our first double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules, which showed a marked reduction in all symptoms of IC/BPS
In 2016 we conducted a survey of 20,000 Desert Harvest Aloe Vera capsule users with IC/BPS. 92% self-reported relief from their pain symptoms. The data gathered helps us educate both the patient and the healthcare provider.

Today Desert Harvest products include a wide range of supplements and skincare that include organic aloe vera. We sell direct through, on and through select natural outlets worldwide. We work with the healthcare community including urologists, endocrinologist, radiation oncologist and Physical Therapists to reach those who need our products.

Our staff includes individuals committed to bringing the highest quality products with outstanding customer service and education at the core of our mission.  We offer a work environment that values the employee and their family, and we strive for work life balance.

What makes your business unique?   We are science based and natural ingredients focused. We develop products that truly help people who are suffering with chronic, painful conditions and do so by using organically grown ingredients that have no harmful side effects. We have a phase I double blind placebo study proving the efficacy of our product and we work with healthcare providers to educate and sample patients.
What do you wish your local neighbors (potential customers) knew about your business?  We moved to North Carolina in 2014 and have found great support and success in the community of like-minded entrepreneurs and businesses focusing on the natural approach to wellness.
What are your next goals for your business (any exciting expansion plans or new product/services)?  We have seen year over year growth of nearly 40% in the last 3 years. We anticipate this growth to continue in 2018 as we add new nutritional supplements, head into a possible clinical study with Duke University and expand our distribution into more countries and more healthcare providers.
If someone were to give you $100,000 to invest in your business, how would you spend it?   We would like to do a study with the NIH as well as pursue certification with the FDA for one of our skin care products.  We would also like to pursue additional channels of distribution through conferences and trade events.
What do you enjoy most about doing business in Orange County?  Orange County is full of like-minded entrepreneurs and health & wellness businesses that share our same vision and mission to utilize natural ingredients to improved the health and wellness of its community members and beyond. 

Contact Information:
Owner: Heather Florio
Address: 437 Dimmocks Mill Road #17b
Hillsborough, NC  27278
Hours Monday – Friday:  8 am – 5 pm
Telephone # 888-222-3901