Besides maintaining a high quality safe product, what would be one of the most important parts of manufacturing food? Consistency. You can’t leave your customers high and dry because an unforeseen event has left you facility out of operation. You have a responsibility to your clients, after all. If an unexpected turn of events leaves your plant’s operations on halted, you must know the ways for your company to continue production outside the walls of your facility. Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down. Here are the key things to know about each.
If you problem happens to be packaging your products, you may want to consider looking into co-packing. Co-packers are contractors that can help companies out when they’re in tight spots in order to fulfill client orders.
If your problem is that your facility can’t actually manufacture your product for whatever the reason may be, you may want to consider using a contracted manufacturer, commonly referred to as a co-manufacturer. In the same way that a co-packer helps with packaging your goods, a co-manufacturer helps your company out with the actual creation of your products.
Whether you opt for a co-packer or a co-manufacturer, do not wait until you actually need them to reach out. It can take months to find the right fit and get through all of the red tape.
Some important questions to keep in mind and ask these contractors when inquiring about taking
- Are they equipped to handle your needs of packaging or product creation?
- How long will you require the contractors assistance? Can they commit upfront to your timeline?
- Are their in-house quality control and HACCP programs managed and enforced to align with your current expectations?
Just because a contractor agrees to help you deliver, doesn’t mean they are neccesarily qualified to provide the level of quality that you demand from your own operations. You don’t want the level of service that your client receives to diminish, just so you can ship a lesser quality product in order to meet quantity agreements.