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In this video, we recently spoke with an industry expert who works with CPG companies nationwide about the importance of contract manufacturing, sourcing a co-packer and more.

Heather Carter

February 3, 2023

1 Min Read
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The CPG industry is constantly evolving, but one thing remains the same: When it comes to running a successful food or beverage business, finding the right production outlet can make all the difference.

A co-packer, also known as a contract manufacturer or “co-man” in the F&B industry, is a company that packages and labels products for other brands.

Some of the reasons food and beverage businesses partner with a co-packer include the need for a:

  • One-stop shop for manufacturing finished products

  • Dramatic scale up in production

  • Quicker turnaround time

In this interview, FBI associate editor Heather Carter spoke with Sam Kressler, founder of CPG consulting firm Stir Innovation, about all things co-packing. Watch the full video to find out:

  • How the GFI and PLMA can play a role in finding a co-packer

  • Best practices

  • Pitfalls

 

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate editor, Food & Beverage Insider

With over a decade of diverse professional experience under her belt, Heather has journeyed from the bustling world of local news reporting to the intricate realms of trade publishing. She has covered a wide array of topics, ranging from architecture and design to the food and beverage industry.

During her illustrious career, Heather also ventured into the realm of public relations, where she gleaned invaluable insights into the art of strategic communication and brand storytelling. Yet, her heart has always been anchored in the vibrant world of F&B, a passion deeply ingrained in her roots as the daughter of a seasoned chef. She has always held a profound appreciation for the role food plays in shaping cultures and connecting people.

With each story she tells, Heather seeks to illuminate the profound impact of food and beverage on people’s lives, celebrating its ability to evoke emotions, foster connections and weave the fabric of our shared human experience.

As Food & Beverage's associate editor, she co-publishes a weekly news column, Business Bites, which showcases the latest industry news, highlighting key business updates, food and beverage innovation, industry events and more. Some of her other articles touch on important topics, such as ultra-processed foods, plant-based foods primed to change the food landscape, international flavors and ingredients, as well as better-for-you CPGs. She also frequently covers top trends at various industry events and has moderated first-of-their-kind education sessions at Informa events.

She can be reached at [email protected].

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