Working with a co-packer can help you take your business from a local success to a national sensation. To successfully ramp up production, you need to be ready. Not all co-packers are created equal and not all co-packers are right for you, which is why it’s important to make an informed decision.

Check out these 3 tips for successfully scaling your business with a co-packer:

1.     Know Why You Need to Partner with a Co-Packer

It’s important you clearly understand why your business needs a co-packer before you begin looking for the right co-packing partner.

Reasons might include:

  • Wanting to take advantage of the investments co-packers have already made in new facilities, equipment, or labour to boost production quickly.
  • Needing additional certifications – including GFSI, HACCP, Kosher, or more – depending on your target markets and consumers.
  • Looking to save time and money. Partnering with a co-packer lets you focus on your business while a co-packer focuses on theirs – handling production and packaging.

2.     Understand the Manufacturing Process

Working with a co-packer will be easier if you have a firm handle on how your products will be made and packaged. Your co-packer will take care of day-to-day details, but you should:

  • Be present for the first few runs, which can help nip any problems in the bud.
  • Understand component costs and get quotes from a range of suppliers.

Keep in mind that sourcing materials through your co-packer might be a smart business decision. Co-packers often have strong working relationships with local suppliers, letting them source the best ingredients and materials at the best prices.

3.     Find the Right Co-Packing Partner

A good co-packer will work with you to provide helpful tips when you need them, but it’s important that you – the developer of the product – research and plan beforehand to approach the process with a solid understanding of the production path and your own business development goals.

Check out these 7 tips for choosing the right co-packer.

Before approaching co-packers, make sure you:

  • Have a timeline of your production needs including your ordering routines, how many runs you’ll be making, and how many units you’ll produce per run.
  • Finalize your list of ingredients (or components) and recipe (or how your products will be manufactured or packaged).
  • Learn the jargon commonly used in your industry.

Ultimately, you need to find the co-packer with the experience, equipment, and facilities to get the job done right for you and help you grow your business.

At WG, our experts can handle co-packaging projects according to your unique needs. We have more than 135,000 sq ft of warehouse space, certified facilities, temperature-controlled environments, nut-free facilities, and more.  Contact us today to discuss your co-packing needs! 

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