Finding and Using a Co-Packer
Cottage foods cookie baker Kathy Paiva (left, in apron) and Extension agent Soohyoun Ahn preparing food at a communal kitchen. Photo taken 08-25-17. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones
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Keywords

Co-packer
food business
entrepreneurs

How to Cite

O’Donoughue, Alison, Wendi Jennings, and Soohyoun Ahn. 2020. “Finding and Using a Co-Packer”. EDIS 2020 (3). https://journals.flvc.org/edis/article/view/107041.

Abstract

A contract packager, commonly called a co-packer, is a manufacturer that will produce, package, and/or label a product for clients. This new 7-page factsheet provides a brief overview on the definition of co-packers, advantages and disadvantages of using a co-packer, and the list of things you need to consider when you hire and work with a co-packer. This factsheet is one in the Food Entrepreneurship in Florida series, which serves as a useful guide to help run a successful food-related business. Written by Alison O'Donoughue, Wendi Jennings, and Soohyoun Ahn, and published by the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

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