Choosing and Using a Co-Packer

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Co-packing, also known as contract packaging, is when a producer contracts with another company to manufacture and package food items that the original producer will sell. The use of co-packers has become extremely popular with entrepreneurs such as producers of alternative crops who would like to make and market a product or products from their crops but are not willing or are not able to invest in setting up a manufacturing facility to produce the product.
Working closely with a co-packer experienced in product development and food processing can be invaluable to getting an idea converted to a marketable product. This publication provides information on the pros and cons of using co-packers and locating co-packers in your area and also provides guidance for working effectively with a co-packer.

Pamela Brady
Steve Seideman
Justin R.Morris
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture