Do you need co-packing services to get your food products to market? Are you thinking about doing all of the manufacturing and packaging yourself instead? For restauranteurs, food inventors, and food distributors, determining whether to work with a co-packer is an important business decision. No matter what you decide, it’s worth getting the facts about the options available to you.
What Is Co-Packing?
Co-packing is about processing and packaging your food products according to your specifications. The word “co-packer” is short for “contract packer” or “contract packager”. In other words, a co-packer is a type of contract manufacturer with whom your business enters an agreement for specific services. Today, co-packers work with food products ranging from nationally-known brands to private labels.
Processing and packaging are important, but they’re not all the only services that food co-packers can provide. Co-packing services also understand the expenses and regulations that you’ll need to pay for and comply with in order to do business. Co-packers can even help you meet the challenges associated with a Scheduled Process, shelf life testing, and nutritional labels. Co-packer capabilities differ, however.
For food entrepreneurs, co-packing’s greatest advantage the reduction in startup costs. Grants and funding for food manufacturing are available, but the cost of equipment and facilities is significant. Plus, by using a co-packer, you can more accurately predict your manufacturing overhead costs. Later, if you decide to bring some or all manufacturing in-house, you can use this information in your calculations.
Co-packing services can also help you to reduce lead times and get products to market faster. This is especially important for food entrepreneurs who want to scale-up, but are limited by the production, packaging, and labeling they can do in a home, restaurant, or community kitchen. If you’re preparing for business growth, finding the right co-packer could be a smart business move.
The Future of Co-Packing Services
Co-packing is a both a core efficiency and a form of value-added manufacturing for many businesses. That’s why even larger, well-established companies are outsourcing functions such as food processing and packaging to co-packing services. Instead of spending time and money on ordering ingredients and packaging materials, these companies can focus on research and development instead.
Co-packing’s future is bright, but is this type of contract manufacturing right for you? For that matter, does it make a difference if you’re restaurateur, food inventor, or food distributor? If you’re ready to talk to a co-packer or would just like more information, Glen Copack can help. Our capabilities include acidified and low-acidified foods, hot fill and cold fill bottling, and drill fill products. To learn more, please contact us.