Blending and packaging ingredients at another location will save a company both time and money. This also is a great way for a new company that is just starting out to have the access they need to machinery and equipment that’s needed to blend dry ingredients without having to come up with a lot of up-front capital. In the food industry, a Co Packing company can be a vital tool and, for some companies, the only way to get off the ground. This is why the process of selecting and hiring a Co Packing company is so important.
Top Five Things to Look For When Hiring a Co-Packing Company
1. The location of your co-packing company is one of the first things you should consider when looking to outsource your process. The closer the better, and if you are located in the same city, you can physically check on your ingredients. This will also allow you to work hand-in-hand with your co-packing company to simplify the process.
2. Check out their safety record. You wouldn’t want to deal with a co-packing company that has a long list of food recalls attached to their name. So do your homework before signing a contract with them. Make sure they have a comprehensive HACCP plan in place. Also, make sure they have proper food processing practice in place.
3. Write down what you are going to require from your co-packer. There are many different sized operations out there, and some might not be able to handle large or special jobs. So get your list together and then compare it to each of the companies you wish to work with. This will give both you and your subcontractor a great idea of what is needed.
4. Ask for referrals. This is the best way to judge a company. If they can give you a list of satisfied customers they have done work for in the past, that’s a really good sign that you are dealing with a qualified company. If they fail to provide you with referrals, it’s best that you find another company to work with (note that there might be a problem with this as many clients may come with a confidentiality clause that prohibits the co-packer from disclosing them as a client).
5. Make sure they can provide you with transparency about the blending process. Some companies like to keep their processes a secret, but this can prove to be risky if you don’t know how your ingredients are blended. And as always, check for hidden costs.