Co-Packing 101: Understanding the Role of the Co-Packer
Pete Grego of NorCal Beverage, a leading copacker based in California, explains the role of a copacker, some of the procedures and processes used in copacking facilities to ensure a quality product, and what you, the beverage entrepreneur, can do to ensure that the relationship with your copacker is a sustainable one.
- Operations , Product Development , Distribution , Manufacturing
- Run Time
- 12 minutes 56 seconds
- Last Updated
Table of Contents
- What services can a co-packer provide?
- What information should I have ready to when contacting a co-packer?
- Does a co-packer supply all of my raw materials?
- What are run minimums?
- What is a pack fee?
- Are shipping materials like shrink wrap and pallets included in the pack fee?
- How should I factor in overages or losses during production?
- Can a co-packer accommodate my unique bottle?
- How long does production take?
- Are there any specific certifications a prospective co-packer should have?
- What does batching mean?
- Is there a contact who will work with me to ensure my recipe is batched correctly?
- Where does my product go once it is produced?
- Do co-packers warehouse my raw materials as well as my finished goods?
- Since co-parkers warehouse my raw materials and my finished goods, how are they kept track of?
- How do I ship my finished product to my customers?
- Is it possible to use several co-packers?
- What are Billable Materials?
- How long in advance should I prepare to book line time at a co-packer?
- What is the difference between raw materials and finished goods?
- What is the importance of PH in my product?
- Does product consistency vary throughout product line?
- What is secondary packaging?
- How does a brand owner find the right co-packer to make their product?