Contract packaging and co-packer agreements are important tools for small businesses to protect their products. Contracts set out the terms of packaging, including the type of materials used, the specifications for the product, and how payment will be handled. Agreements with contract packaging and/or co-packers can help businesses increase their profits while ensuring quality control as long as they are drafted correctly by a professional. Make sure that you have done your own research on the contract packaging or co-packer service before entering into any agreement. In this article, we will cover some of the differences between the two and what they can do for your business.
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What is a contract packaging and why should my company consider it?
Contract packaging is a packaging and labeling service that businesses can outsource to third-party providers. Contract packagers typically have the equipment and expertise to quickly and efficiently package products in a variety of shapes and sizes. They also print labels with all the necessary information, including product descriptions, barcodes, and expiration dates. Contract packaging can be a cost-effective way for businesses to get their products ready for sale without having to invest in their own packaging equipment. This allows for companies to quickly scale up deliverables without the outset cost of expansion both in their building, equipment, and staffing. That is the main reason why companies rely on contract packaging professionals.
What is a co-packer and how are they different from a contract packaging service?
The term co packers relate to a business that manufactures products for other businesses. They are different from a contract packaging service because they typically own and operate their own manufacturing facilities. Co-packers can be helpful for small businesses that don’t have the resources to both manufacture and package their own products. They can also be helpful for businesses who want to focus on sales and marketing, rather than production. Co-packers typically have more experience with product manufacturing, so they can help businesses ensure that their products are made to specification. Contracts with a co-packer are typically more in-depth than that of a contract packaging service because of the nature of the partnership.
What are the benefits of using a co-packer?
When starting a business, one of the most important decisions to make is what type of production process to use. There are many factors to consider when making this decision, including capacity, production time, and cost. For food businesses, using a co-packer can offer many benefits including sterile packaging and regulated cold storage to ensure your product is ready for distribution with minimal spoilage.
Co-packing is a term used for manufacturing products in partnership with another company. Co-packers can be found in a wide range of industries, but there are many co-packers specifically focused on the pharmaceutical industry. When working with a co-packer, you can outsource all or part of your production process. This can be helpful if you don’t have the resources, expertise, or interest in producing your product in-house.
Start from the beginning and save in the end
When you are starting a product-based business, there are many factors that have to be considered. Many people never get past the design stage of their product simply because the outset costs and implementation are just too daunting. It’s easy to get a bit lost on the road to bringing your amazing product to market when you are thinking about the amount of equipment, space, packaging, labeling, tracking, shipping – the list goes on. You are the visionary, the creator, and the designer – the force behind your product. Sure, sometime down the line you can have everything done in-house if everything goes to plan. Co-packers and contract packaging services can get you to that place and act as a bridge to your final stage – your own full-service operation.
In summary, if your business is looking to scale up your product deliverables without taking the financial risks of purchasing the equipment, acquiring the space, and training the staff, a contract packaging company may be the right option for you. If your company wants to provide a product but doesn’t have the manufacturing capability in-house, then a co-packer is probably your best option to jumpstart your business. In either case, it’s important to hire a professional to look over your contracts before anything is signed in order to make sure your company is insulated from risk. We hope this helps you make an informed decision on what type of service you would like to approach if any.