Glen Copack Renovations Continue

Glen Copack has undergone an enormous transformation since work began on the facility. Check out our massive new exhaust hood.

Glen Copack has undergone an enormous transformation since work began on the facility December 5, 2018.

Most recently, the exhaust hood for the new kettle was installed. The hood is over 14 feet in length and will be large enough to handle two kettles. One kettle will be in use initially.

The kettle itself will have a 100-gallon capacity. That’s nearly double the size of the current kettle.

The exhaust hood installation was a major undertaking that lasted several days.

The Newest Kitchen

The new wet kitchen provides an improved space for production of low-acid and acidified foods.

The “old” wet kitchen will now be used as a training area for current and future copack employees. As a result, our 60-gallon kettle will continue to be utilized for training and testing new products.

“All of our current projects will move forward to provide more inclusive service options for people within the Schuyler County community. ”

-Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeanette Frank
Set up for labeling and shipping out of the facility.

Further construction remains for the “new” wet kitchen. The new kettle will arrive and be installed this summer. Other work will be finished in the meantime.

Dry Fill Kitchen in Full Swing

Meanwhile, our new dry fill kitchen has been fully operational for several months. Multiple products have come out of the new dry manufacturing space. Additionally, good use has been made of ingredient and packaging storage areas in the 5,000 square foot building.

Flexibility is key. The setup of the facility changes to fit our daily production schedule. Whatever is going on takes center stage.

Multiple kitchens means multiple productions can be happening at the same time. Plus, non-food work can be occurring in the other area of the facility.

“You see what they’re trying to do and the vision of connecting the dots, and kudos to Jeannette and her team and the board here for being proactive and to take the economic interests of the community, tie it with the mission of The Arc and put together a win win relationship.”

-United States Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23)

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Co-Packing Services: Who Needs Them?

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.

Co-Packing Advantages

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.