How to Choose the Right Co-Packer

When looking for possible co-packers to work with, you may be faced with a variety of choices. While you might have many credible co-packers to choose from, there are some factors that can determine the best choice for your business. After visiting all of your potential co-packers, here are some questions to consider when making the final decision:

Is the workspace clean and safe?

It’s one thing to know that a co-packing company has all the necessary food handling and safety certifications, but it’s another to see that knowledge and experience actually put in practice. When looking at the workspace of your prospective co-packer, notice if the space looks clean, is free of any hazards or harmful chemicals and has up to date equipment. Whether they use their own space or yours, how they treat this space will let you know their work ethic. Choose a co-packer that respects their workspace; they will likely show you the same respect. Companies like Dure Foods keep a clean and safe workspace because it shows professionalism to clients.

Can they produce a variety of products?

If your potential co-packer is able to replicate your recipe, that’s a great start. However, if you want a long term partnership, you will want a co-packer that can produce a variety of recipes. Your menu will likely not be the same for your entire career, and you’ll want a co-packer with the diverse skills to keep up with your expanding products. When choosing a co-packer, find one that can produce many kinds of food products, not just the products you need right now. Good co-packers like those at Dure know a variety of recipes and are ready to work with many kinds of clients.

Can you afford their help?

As ideal a choice as a co-packer might seem, it is not worth going bankrupt over. With each co-packer you visit, be sure to go over all costs required for their serves (both base cost and any possible additional costs for inspections, location, etc.). Co-packing can be a great asset, but it’s a large investment as well. However, every co-packer has their own arrangement, so find one that is financially realistic for your company. Dure has many payment options and can find a plan that works for any client.

Do you get along?

It may seem obvious, but is extremely important all the same. A partnership with a co-packer involves many hours of working together and shared investment in your business being successful. If the co-packer is unfriendly or unapproachable, it won’t work out, regardless of how qualified the company may seem. When looking for co-packers, be wary of any warning signs that they might be difficult to work with or lack integrity. Alternatively, take note of co-packers that care about their work and show interest in building relationships in the industry.

Dure Foods likes to form a close, reliable and mutually beneficial partnership will all of our clients. If you’re interested in working with a co-packer, contacting us would be a great choice.

4 Reasons Hiring a Co-Packer Can Save Money

In many ways, hiring a co-packer for your business is a large financial investment. You will have more people on your payroll, and may have to split costs between products purchased and payments from clients. Working with a co-packer may not seem worth it given the extra costs, but the benefits of professional and experienced services from co-packers will earn you far more money than you spent. Here are 4 reasons a good co-packer can save you money despite the added cost:

Paid-for equipment

Constantly purchasing the most up to date food equipment can be extremely expensive, especially if your business is independent and has to cover costs alone. If you partner with a skilled co-packing company, they will already have the best equipment and the experience to use it. Co-packers like Dure Foods always have the best and most current equipment, and can provide those tools to any clients that need them.

Scale of Production

If your business works independently, there is only so much food you can produce and distribute to clients. You may get to keep the profits for yourself, but the scale of your business will not change without any help. Co-packers may share the profit, but they can also increase the scale of production to bring more money in for both of you. Experienced co-packers like Dure Foods have already worked with many professional businesses, so will immediately have the skills, tools and workspace to expand your business.

Quicker Distribution

The added experience that co-packers bring to your business can also increase the turn-around of your distribution, allowing you to deliver to clients at a faster rate. This will not only give you time to increase your intake of clients, but the efficient service will also lead to higher customer satisfaction. Additionally, many customers may return to your business because of the reliability your quick delivery brings. Skilled co-packers like Dure Foods are able to produce and distribute food efficiently without sacrificing quality.

Certifications already earned

Another time and money consuming process is getting the necessary certifications to produce and distribute food. A professional co-packer like Dure will already have all the requirements to work for a food business. Not only will this save you the trouble of getting the certifications yourself, but the co-packers will already be fully trained and ready to work. Having knowledge about safety protocols, proper food handling and hazard prevention is important. With certified co-packers, you won’t have to worry about any costs that accidents may cause from carelessness or lack of knowledge.

Working with our professional and skilled co-packers at Dure Foods will save money for your business, not waste it. Contact Dure and we can figure out an arrangement that works for both of us.