Did you ever wonder why it was so difficult finding most co-packers?
There are several good reasons.
First, many "co-packers" aren't primarily co-packers. They are often small specialty food production businesses producing the primary products the company is known for, and their "co-packing time" is really spare time they have between production runs of their own products. And, not wanting the plant to be shut down unnecessarily, they produce other people's products to fill this spare time.
Also, there are several different terms for "co-packers", but they all really do the same things. Besides Co-Packers, other terms to search for are Contract Packaging, Private Label, Product Development, Incubators & Shared Use Kitchens. And to make it even more difficult to find them, very few ever advertise their services, beyond their website, which you're not likely to ever see.
Another reason for the difficulty in finding the right co-packer for your needs, is that traditional thinking has one looking only in their general area. In reality, the unit cost of having your products produced a few states away can be much more cost effective than using a nearby co-packer that really doesn't fill your needs.
Finally, you will notice that our directory has co-packers from all 50 states listed by category. This is because sometimes it could be worth adding a reasonable shipping cost, in order to get the best value for what you want accomplished. Shipping costs per unit can be a lot less than you think, as little as 5 to 10 cents per unit.