The Specialty Food Association has a listing of nearly 700 contract packaging companies (co-packers). Far too many people feel that a co-packer is a co-packer, and that any co-packer can do everything. In fact, co-packers have a variety of specific functional areas in which they excel. The following list is not all-inclusive nor is it meant to serve as an endorsement.
Specialty Food Association (SFA)
Contact: Heather Paul
136 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
800-627-3869; 212-482-6440; Fax: 212-482-6459
This listing consists only of SFA members who have indicated to the SFA that they are co-packers. It includes the co-packer contact information, products that they co-pack, plant locations, types of packaging they use, and specialized packing equipment (such as enrobers, form-fill and seal, smokers, vacuum packaging, etc.).
Few co-packers can provide all of the following range of services:
- Liquid products
- Dry products
- Ingredient pre-blends
- Packaging service only
- Product development/recipe conversion
Using a qualified contract packer will enable you to devote your time to management and marketing, while eliminating the enormous expense and responsibility of operating a production facility. Some will provide only the packaging, while others will help you with the entire formulation, production, packaging, and labeling process. Most offer no-cost initial consultation. Some even have marketing capabilities. Readers may wish to request the SFA to send them a co-packer listing.
The following list consists of member and non-member companies that have indicated co-packing capabilities. This list is neither all-inclusive nor is it meant to serve as an endorsement.
Contract Packaging Association (The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers)
12930 Worldgate Drive, Suite 200,
Herndon, VA 20170 USA
Tel: 1-571-287-6818; Fax: 630-544-5055
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Ron Puvak, Managing Director
Focus: The Contract Packaging Association is the national, nonprofit trade organization for the Contract Packaging industry. Formed in 1992 for contract packaging firms and those businesses related to them, CPA promotes the growth and welfare of member firms through its industry exposure and programs.
CPA members are comprised of the nation’s leading contract packagers, which perform all packaging functions; from the simplest to the most complex and from the glamorous to the hazardous. Our members offer these packaging services to an extremely wide variety of consumer goods companies and these services range from manual and semi-automatic to full-speed, high-performance packaging lines.
CPA’s objectives include:
Programs to establish strong ethical standards among contract packagers and their clients; Increase knowledge and expertise within the contract packaging industry; Improve the business reputation of firms and the professional image of individuals within the industry;
Encourage the effective use of contract packaging services.