Updated 16 November 2021 Jae Haroldsen

Reliable Co-Packers to get the Job Done Right!

How do Co-Packers Work? 

Co-packers are contract manufacturers working in the food or dietary supplement industries. They contract with individual entrepreneurs or small to medium-sized companies to produce an edible consumer product ready for marketing.  

Instead of building a manufacturing facility to produce your product, you cut costs using a co-packer's equipment and employees and benefit from their manufacturing qualifications and experience.  

Contracting with a co-packer is a way to outsource a part of or the entire manufacturing of your product based on your specifications. Co-packers can manufacture, package, and label your product or only package it. It is up to you and your needs. 

Benefits of Contracting with a Co-Packer 

Small businesses or individual entrepreneurs taking a supplement or food product from small batch production and sales to the next level have numerous decisions looming in front of them. What things should you turn over to someone else? Where are your time and money best spent to build your brand? 

Factory Worker

With only 24 hours in a day, you cannot oversee everything. Though it may be hard to let go of physical manufacturing, co-packers offer numerous benefits. Leaving you free to plan, tinker, improve, design, and market your product line. Let a qualified, customer-oriented co-packer do the heavy lifting for you. 

Some of the benefits of contracting with a manufacturer include: 

Increase Profit Margins 

 Co-Packers spread their facility, warehouse, equipment, ingredients, labor, and training costs across numerous manufacturing contracts. This increases the client’s product margin by significantly reducing overhead costs. Clients benefit from economies of scale when using a co-packer. 

Initially, the cost may seem high when setting up a contract with a co-packer. Upfront payments and minimum order quantities are required. However, long-run savings accrue. Additional batch production runs continue to reduce overall cost, especially as a trusting client/co-packer relationship deepens. 

Using a co-packer allows you to meet increasing product demand without increasing your infrastructure and/or employee investments. 

Qualifications 

Food and dietary supplements are regulated under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) outline practices, procedures, testing, training, quality control systems, packaging, labeling, storage, distribution, and documentation for consumer foods and supplements. 

Take the headache out of meeting FDA regulations by working with a reliable co-packer. Raw ingredient identity and purity testing, final product testing, proper equipment cleaning, and more are covered for you. Co-packers with GMP certification demonstrate their compliance to FDA regulations with third-party on-site facility inspections and laboratory testing. 

FDA Certified

For hot niche markets like organic, gluten-free, kosher, or halal, work with a co-packer who carries these certifications. These specialized certificates require additional attention to detail, inspections, and commitment to product integrity. 

Experience 

Taking a product from small batch to large batch production is not as simple as it may seem. A co-packer's team knows how to tweak, test, and ramp up production to get the same end product in a large batch as you did in small batches. 

Besides having access to large-scale production experience, co-packers have numerous business contacts and partners. Find graphic designers, labelers, marketers, fulfillment centers, and web designers/writers to increase your product’s visibility and sales. 

Options 

Do you have room to store fifty-pound bags of product ingredients or cases of the finished product? Co-packers work in warehouses and may provide storage options as outlined in contracts. 

Some co-packers have in-house research and design (R&D) teams that can modify or create new product formulas. By tweaking the formula, they can change flavors or reduce sugar to increase your product line options. They can also work directly with you to develop a new product. 

Product shipping and fulfillment services get your product from the warehouse to stores or into the hands of consumers. Make sure to ask questions when working with a co-packer. They might offer an option you like. 

Searching for Co-Packers Near Me? 

Is your demand succeeding your supply? Are you ready to expand your product line? Is your time limited to making a product when you would rather be marketing it? Do you want to increase profit by reducing overhead costs? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to have a co-packer manufacture and/or package your product. There are about 700 co-packers in the US. How do you find the right one? 

First, you need to determine what is most important to you. Is it qualifications? Is it honest and timely communication? Proximity? Minimum order quantities? Experience with your product type? 

Depending on your product’s ingredients and desired freshness finding local manufacturers may be in your best interest. However, for dry foods and dietary supplements, contract manufacturing in Utah offers economic advantages. The significantly lower cost of living index means a reduced overall product manufacturing cost compared to surrounding locations, especially California.  

Keeping your co-packing in the US offers other advantages. First, FDA GMP is enforced. This automatically assures consumers of its quality. Second, Americans want to keep US dollars in the US. According to a 2020 survey, many Americans say they are willing to pay up to 20% more for products carrying the ‘Made in the USA’ label. 

Origin Nutraceutical Co-Packer 

Are you looking for a co-packer in Utah? Do you want to stamp ‘Proudly Made in the USA’ on your product label? Check out Origin Nutra’s state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities. 

Located in Spanish Fork, Utah, Origin Nutraceutical is a co-packing vitamin manufacturing company capable of batch manufacturing dry powdered mixes (food or dietary supplement).  

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For dietary supplements, we manufacture and package capsules and powdered mixes. For food products, we manufacture and package dry powders like baking mixes, spice mixes, or powdered protein shakes. With our detailed employee training, cleaning, dedicated equipment, and testing, we meticulously comply with FDA’s GMP regulations and appropriately handle gluten-free products, too. 

Packaging options available at Origin include bottling and sachets for capsules, pills, chewables, or gummies. For dry powders mixes, we offer tubs, sachets, stick packs, pouch fill. For liquids, we offer glass fill for bottles from 2 mL-10 oz. 

With Origin Nutraceutical on your team, you can rest assured of your product’s integrity and quality. Manufacturing high-quality products with sustainably sourced ingredients and methods are important to us. Hence, we operate under stringent organickosher, and halal certifications. And we have third-party GMP certification from NSF International to back it all up. 

Focus on marketing and growing your product line and leave the manufacturing to us. Contact Origin Nutra today!  

 

The content of Origin Nutraceutical’s website is for information only, not advice or guarantee of outcome. Information is gathered and shared from reputable sources; however, Origin Nutraceutical is not responsible for errors or omissions in reporting or explanation. No individuals, including those taking Origin Nutraceutical products, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnosis or self-treat any health-related condition. Origin Nutraceutical gives no assurance or warranty regarding the accuracy, timeliness or applicability of the content. 

 By: Jae O. Haroldsen 

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“Cost of Living Index by State.” World Population Overview. 2021. https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/cost-of-living-index-by-state 

Coates, Rosemary. “Americans Say They Prefer Products Made in the USA and Will Pay More for Them.” Supply Chain Management Review. 2020. https://www.scmr.com/article/americans_say_they_prefer_products_made_in_usa_and_will_pay_more_for_them