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4 Essential Interview Questions to Ask a Co-Packer

When looking for a co-packer, you will have a variety of options to choose from. If you’re hiring a co-packer for the first time, or your food business is just starting, it may be difficult to determine which co-packing company is the best choice. This is why the interview process is so important for finding the ideal co-packer. If you are interviewing a co-packer for a potential job or partnership with your business, here are 4 essential questions to ask:

Do I need to sign a contract?

Many co-packers require a contract, and this will be important to you to make sure the timeline you need for their services is clearly laid out. A contract is also essential to clarify the non- disclosure agreement made with your co-packer. You want to ensure that they can produce your recipe without using it for themselves or a rival business. Consider it a bad sign if they offer no contact to sign, as the parameters of your deal would be unclear and thus easy to take advantage of.

What do you pack/not pack?

Whatever recipe or style your food business might have, you cannot assume that every co-packer will be able to effectively replicate the formula. When interviewing a potential co-packer, ask what their specialties and regular products are to see if they align with yours. Make sure you also know what they can’t do, as you don’t want any unforeseen limitations to what products you’re able to deliver.

How would you deal with unforeseen problems?

One of the best ways to test a co-packer’s qualifications is to see how they deal with circumstances that are not routine. There can be a great deal of pressure in food production with tight deadlines and large orders. Ask them honestly if they have ever made a mistake, and how they were able to deal with it. This way you can find out if your potential client is able to problem solve and find solutions while under pressure.

Are there any additional fees?

Lastly, make sure any regular fees, and possible additional fees that may occur, are fully discussed in the interview before the co-packer is hired. You’ll definitely want to know the full cost of your co-packer before you choose one. You need to clearly establish who pays for the food, the production space and any third-party inspections. This may vary from company to company, so these questions will help you find a co-packer that costs a reasonable price.

If you want to work with our team at Dure Foods, we will be able to answer all of these questions for you. We are open with all of our clients and will provide any information you need. If you are interested in working with Dure Foods, contact us and let us know what we can do for your business.

When Should You Use a Co-Packer?

A National Health Product site license requires all manufacturers, packagers, labellers and importers to be licenced. This is a sign of legitimacy for co-packers, and professional co-packers like Dure Foods work to earn this label because it tells our customers that they can rely on us and trust us with their product. Trust in co-packing is essential since we are being hired to make product that our clients create themselves. Here are 3 benefits to hiring a NHP site licenced co-packer.

When you need skilled and experienced workers

If you have a small business that needs to mass produce one of your products, that could be a daunting task if you work on your own or have a smaller staff. When it comes to mass producing a product, you need a staff that not only needs to understand co-packing, but needs to perform it both quickly and effectively at the same time. You need workers like those at Dure Foods that pack food for living, and can perform tasks without question. Our workers are highly skilled, and able to mass product any product.

When you need to increase in scale

One of the benefits of working with a co-packer is that it can expand the possible clients you can reach. If you have a small food business, your clients may be limited by the amount of food production your team is capable of. Working with a co-packer like Dure Foods will allow you to produce food with increased scalability to deal with the rapid growth an expanding business demands. This scale increase can give you access to larger scale clients and businesses, making your business more successful.

When you need additional space

In some cases, co-packers may have their own facilities to perform their food production tasks. This gives you an opportunity to produce more food with more workers without having to use up any more personal work space. Paying for space to produce food can be expensive, but having part of your staff be their own impendent company can provide you more work for less money.

When you need certified employees

Official co-packers need to be certified by numerous certification boards to be qualified to produce and distribute food (BRC, HACCP, etc.). All working co-packers have already needed to become certified before being hired by businesses like yours, so you can be confident these co-packers are already aware of the safety measures, health policies and hazard prevention required for the job. Companies like Dure Foods have completely certified employees, so if you need quick and efficient services you’ll know they are qualified.

If you are looking to get involved with a co-packer, give Dure Foods a call. We would a href=””>love to talk to you about your project and see if it is a beneficial fit for both of us.