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3 Signs Your Food Business is Ready to Expand

While many smaller food businesses work independently, you may need more help when it comes time for your business to expand. If you want your business to successfully grow without losing money, you need to expand at the right time. Many of these expansions can be greatly helped by the assistance of a co-packer. Here are 3 signs your business is ready to expand, and how co-packers like Dure Foods can help you.

You can mass produce your recipe

If you want to expand your business, you need an established recipe to distinguish yourself from other businesses. However, for a larger business, it is not enough to just know the recipe. You will need to perfect it to the point it can be mass produced. More importantly, that recipe needs to be understood well by your entire staff, and replicated to the same degree of quality.

Skilled and professional co-packers like those at Dure Foods are trained to swiftly learn and replicate recipes. If you want your product ready for mass production, Dure can help you.

Your supply and demand is high enough

You won’t be able to successfully expand your business if the supply is larger than the demand. Expanding your business requires a large financial investment, and you’ll want to ensure that money can be made back. Take note of how the demand grows over time. If it grows significantly and your business becomes more successful, it may be time to expand.

Now that you’ve expanded, what happens if the supply can’t keep up with the demand? This is when hiring a co-packer can be beneficial. Co-packers such as Dure Foods are used to handling large quantities of food packaging, often under tight deadlines. If the demand for your product grows, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the opportunity. Hiring co-packers that can keep up with even the highest demands will ensure that you can capitalize on your success.

You generate enough profit

Finally, a successful business expansion requires increasing production and resources without spending more than you earn. Expansion is expensive, especially when done independently. More ingredients and packaging, larger workspace, larger storage space, payments for cleaning and inspections; all these costs can add up significantly. Larger costs demand larger profit, and keeping up with the increased need for earnings can be overwhelming.

Hiring a reliable co-packer like Dure Foods can mitigate many of these demands. Co-packers can offer space and ingredients, and some companies can produce the product themselves. If you’re business is expanding, but struggling to make profits, hiring a co-packer might be your solution.

Dure Foods has helped many food businesses expand and become successful. We can do the same for you. Contact us so we can work together and help your business grow.

Important Certifications to Look for in Your Co-packer

If you want to run a professional business, you would want the same from the other businesses that you hire. It is essential to know which certifications other companies have, and how those certifications can apply to your business. Here are some key certifications that food service businesses should have, and how those services will help you.

BRC- British Retail Consortium

BRC refers to a UK certification on food safety that has become the standard for food safety regulations around much of the world. A BRC certified co-packer will give you assurance that this company adheres to those safety regulations. Their necessary equipment will be up to safety standards, and it indicates that they take the health and safety of customers seriously. Trust is very important for people you hire, and this certification creates a place of trust between you and the co-packer. Many companies such as Dure Foods are given more legitimacy and trust because they have this certification.

HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point)

HACCP is another certification that assures safety and professionalism from its co-packers. HACCP follows seven principles that are designed to monitor the work area for problems, correct the problems and keep a record so the problems are known for the future. Under their “quality assurance” section, Dure Foods lists accordance with HACCP guidelines as the driving force of their quality and safety protocols. This statement emphasises the importance of the HACCP principles.

CFIA- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

A CFIA certification means that a person or business is able to trade or export food between countries or provinces. This is important if you want your business to cover multiple locations in different parts of Canada or the world. It also allows products to be exported to Canada, so if you need food products from other countries your co-packers would need to be CFIA certified to assist you.

NHP (Natural Health Products) Site License

The NHP license prepares co-packers for the job of manufacturing, packaging and importing food. A license from the National Health Products Directorate (NHCP) is essential for a co-packing business. This certificate indicates that the co-packer you are working with is officially approved by and complies to Canadian food regulations. Running a legitimate food business requires legitimate business partners, so it is essential to know that your co-packer has this certificate.

If you want to know more about these certificates, feel free to ask Dure Foods. We would love to talk to you and let you know what we can provide for your business.