When it comes to finding a reliable co-packer for your particular product line, it’s important to understand the process as a whole in order to better be able to compare all of your different options. Some of these options may include but are not necessarily limited to determining the best facilities, capabilities and locations. It’s in your best interest to make sure that you are selecting a partner that can meet your needs and also has the desire to work alongside you in order to ensure business growth. So, how can you be sure that you are choosing the best co-packer to fit your needs? I’ve compiled some of the best tips found in my experience to assist you as you choose the best co-packing partner to fit your personalized needs.
The first thing to do is compare the process of the co-packer you are considering using in order to assess your own personalized needs. All co-packers have varying areas of expertise and that is precisely why you need to consider a multitude of different options in order to choose which one is going to be the best fit. Some questions to consider: Are you seeking a turn-key partner who is able to source all of the supplies you need, including offering warehousing solutions and also product distribution? What are the strengths of your team? For instance, do you have dependable marketing and sales reps? If so, you may opt to use a turn-key co-packer. If you can handle the supply and distribution on your own, you may want to select a co-packer who can fill in the voids that you just can’t take on.
History And Reputation
Make sure that you thoroughly put forth research on any and all of the co-packers you are considering. Find out how long they have been in operation and check into their expertise levels. Ask around within your network to see what experience they have had with the co-packers they have worked with in the past to find out which ones they recommend and which ones they don’t. Do some research on their team as well, including the leaders of the company and their expertise within the industry.
Quality And Safety
Before you narrow down your options and finalize a choice for a co-packer, you also need to be sure that you put forth a bit of research regarding the quality and safety programs that they have successfully established. You may want to ask the following questions in order to be able to understand their procedures: