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Co-packer Directory


A co-packer (or contract packer) is a term used to describe a business that processes and packages products for other businesses, under contract. Food companies/brands often use a co-packer to make their products, to avoid high startup, labor and/or “brick and mortar” costs, or to have their products made closer to their markets or distribution hubs. Many co-packers also help with product formulation, labeling, and certification of a new product; some may also help with product marketing/sales and distribution. Co-packer agreements are very important, and finding a co-packer willing to make small batches of product can be difficult.

For more information on using co-packers, see:

Location Co-Packer Type of Products
Arden Hills MN Northwestern Foods, Inc. Dry mixes
Bemidji MN InHarvest Inc. Grains, rice, beans, lentils
Bloomington MN  Fiberich Technologies, Inc. Legume flours, high fiber baking concentrate flour 
Bloomington MN Nikola's Foods / Nikola's Bakery Baked goods
Burnsville MN Abdallah Candies Candy
Burnsville MN  Buddy's Kitchen, Inc. Frozen sandwiches, breakfast entrees 
Burnsville MN Quality Ingredients Corporation Flavor, color, dietary supplement, fruit, probiotic
Caledonia MN Sno Pac Foods Frozen vegetables
Cannon Falls MN  Lorentz Meats  Meat & meat products 
Chanhassen MN Bongards Premium Cheese Cheese & cheese products
Cochrane WI  Great River Organic Milling Organic grains, flours & cereals 
Eden Prairie MN  Milk Specialties Global  Nutritional powder products 
Hamel MN  Hamel Maple Syrup Co., Inc. Maple syrup & maple sugar 
Hastings MN  Hastings Creamery, Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company Milk & milk products 
Le Center MN  European Roasterie, Inc.  Roasted coffee
Litchfield MN  North Star Processing, LLC  Spray dried powders 
Manitowoc WI  Lakeside Foods, Inc. Vegetables, beans, beverages, salsa & sauces
Mankato MN  All American Foods, Inc.  Dried, co-dried & dry blended bulk ingredients
Maple Grove MN  Spectrum Fruits, Inc.  Fruit ingredients & fruit blends
Marine on St. Croix MN  Treehouse Brands dba Enlightened Beverage Frappe mix, bakery mix, coffee & equipment 
Marshall MN Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc. Frozen foods
Minneapolis MN The Scoular Company Canister & jar, liquid & dry, stick pack & pouch, & more
Monticello MN Karlsburger Foods, Inc. Sauces, spices, dry mixes
Park Rapids MN The Secret Garden Dry mixes
Perham MN Barrel O' Fun Snack Food Co. Salty snacks
Pierz MN  Smude Enterprises Dry goods up to 2 lbs
Plainview MN Plainview Milk Products Cooperative Milk & milk products
Red Wing MN  Food Service Specialties  Tomato-based & dairy-based sauces & dips 
Red Wing MN  Sturdiwheat, Inc.  Dry mixing & packaging 
River Falls WI Snappy Valley Foods Acidified canned foods and dry rubs/seasonings
Rochester MN  Reichel Foods, Inc.  Produce, proteins, shelf stable, perishable 
Shakopee MN Stone Gate Foods Frozen foods, meat products, desserts, bottling sauces
South Haven MN French Lake Butcher Shop, LLC. Meat & meat products
St. Cloud MN  Pan O Gold Baking Co.  Fresh baked breads & buns 
St. Michael MN Midwest Rubs Spices
St. Peter MN  Chippewa Packaging, Inc.  Snack, grains, cereal and mixes 
St. Paul MN Bix Produce Co. Fresh fruits & vegetables
St. Paul MN Captain Ken's Foods Frozen foods
St. Paul MN  J&J Distributing  Fresh produce & deli distribution 
Woodbury MN  Greater American Ribs, Inc.  Meat & meat products 

* If you know of a Co-packer used by Minnesota food companies but not listed, please contact us at brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us. This list and information are provided as a service to small Minnesota food makers; MDA is not responsible for the actions of and does not endorse any of these entities.

Abdallah Candies 

  • Toffee, caramels, creams, clusters, barks, nougats.
  • Capacity: 5,000 lbs./day.
  • Minimum order: varies.
  • Contact: Steve Hegedus, 952-890-4770, service@abdallahcandies.com

All American Foods, Inc.

  • A leader in customized processing & packaging of dry and co-dried food ingredients. Our Pro Mix® product line consists of: Cheese Powders & Cheese Flavorings, Cultured Dairy Powders (Yogurt Powders, Sour Cream Powders, Cultured Buttermilk Powders & Cultured Nonfat Powders), High Fat Powders, Egg Replacer Powders, Dried Flavoring Ingredients, Dry Sweetened Condensed Whole & Skim Milk Powders, Nonfat Dry Milk, Buttermilk Powder, and Whole Milk Powder Replacers.
  • Capacity: TBD.
  • Minimum order: TBD.
  • Contact: Amy Kuch, National Sales Representative, 800-833-2661, amys@aafoods.com

Barrel O' Fun Snack Food Co.

  • Traditional Chips, Kettle Chips, Popcorn, Tortilla Chips, Corn Chips, Pretzels, Baked Crisps, Extruded items, Pellet Popped items, Fried Pellet items. Depending on the product line & your requests, we produce items with the following callouts: organic, non-gmo, gluten free, kosher, no artificial color, flavors, preservatives, 0g trans fat… to name a few.
  • Capacity: dependent on product line. Open to discuss on a case per case basis.
  • Minimum order: dependent on product line. Open to discuss on a case per case basis.
  • Contact: Jay Anderson, 800-346-4910, janderson@klnfamilybrands.com

Bix Produce Co.

  • Fresh boxed and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables as well as specialty grocery.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: to be mutually agreed upon.
  • Contact: Steve Pagel, Sales Manager, 651-487-8000, spagel@bixproduce.com

Bongards Premium Cheese

  • Processed Cheese, Natural Cheese, Cream Cheese, Whey.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: 10,000 lbs.
  • Contact: Scott Tomes, 952-277-5555, scott.tomes@bongards.com

Buddy's Kitchen, Inc.

  • Frozen sandwiches, Burritos, Breakfast entrees, Grilled bread. Product development is available & negotiable. We very selectively work with “early stage” companies based on an interview process.
  • Capacity: capable of handling low to very high volumes.
  • Minimum order: n/a
  • Contact: Dave Smith, 952-894-2540, dave@buddyskitchen.com

Captain Ken's Foods

  • USDA & FDA.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: Annual 100,000 lbs.
  • Contact: John Traxler, 651-298-0071, jtraxler@captainkens.com

Chippewa Packaging, Inc 

  • Packaging of dry food products specializing in pre-made pouches, form fill and seal including (pillow, sachet, side gusseted pouches). Ribbon and tumbler blending. SQF Level 3, Organic and Kosher certified.
  • Capacity- small to continuous production.
  • Minimum order: TBD
  • Contact: Joe Kellen, 507-931-5510 jkellen@chippewapackaging.com  

European Roasterie, Inc.

  • Our Coffee, your packaging/brand.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: 50 lbs. per sku.
  • Contact: Tom Dotray, 507-357-3008, thomas@euroroast.com 

Fiberich Technologies, Inc.

  • High Fiber Baking Concentrate for breads, rolls, and other baking items.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: one pallet (2000 lbs.).
  • Contact: Jean Holland, 952-920-8054, fiberichtech@gmail.com 

Food Service Specialties

  • Specialize in preparing and packaging shelf-stable pasta and other sauces, chip and vegetable dips, marinades, and a variety of salsas. Packaging options include glass jars (12-48 ounces) in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, large (5-10 pound) plastic pouches with or without fitments, 55 gallon drums, and large reusable totes.
  • Capacity: 50 million lbs.
  • Minimum order: 9,000 lbs.
  • Contact: Mike Jacobson, 800-657-0811, mikej@foodservicespecialties.com

French Lake Butcher Shop, LLC.

  • Raw Meat, Cooked Products, Uncured Products Slaughter (beef, hog, goat, lamb, deer, elk), Hog Scalding, Wild Game Processing. We specialize in co-packing for farmers in our area. We also specialize in Uncured products and Organic-Seasoned Sausages.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: for sausages is 20 lbs.
  • Contact: Kimberly Werner, 320-286-5345, frenchlakebutchershop@live.com

Great River Organic Milling

  • Organic Whole Grains, Organic Bread Flours, Organic Flour Blends, Organic Specialty Flours, Organic Hot Cereals, Organic Pancake & Waffle Mixes.
  • Capacity: depends on product.
  • Minimum order: depends on product.
  • Contact: Rick Halverson, 608-687-9580, rhalverson@greatrivermilling.com  

Greater American Ribs, Inc.

  • Specializing in Fully Cooked Pork Loin Back Ribs, with or without BBQ Sauce. Fully cooked meats retail and/or wholesale.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: to be mutually agreed upon. 
  • Contact: 651-329-8133 or 651-739-0161, pete@garibs.com or rick@garibs.com

Hamel Maple Syrup Co., Inc.

  • Pure Maple Syrup, a 75% cane syrup/25% maple syrup blend, granulated maple sugar. Wholesale. 
  • Capacity: 1000s of lbs of maple syrup in various containers.
  • Minimum order: pallet. 
  • Contact: Steve Jordan or Steve Leuer, 763-478-2353, sjjordan@frontiernet.net or lure3312@aol.com 

Hastings Creamery, Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company

  • Heat treated/Pasteurized/Blended/Dairy Based. Finished pack in: Bulk (tankers - 2 gallon bags, pails, drums), HDPE gallons, Half gallons, Quarts, Pints, 12 oz., Cross section paperboard 8 oz. to 32 oz.
  • Capacity: 100,000 gallons.
  • Minimum order: 150 gallons.
  • Contact: David Zwart, 651-437-9414, david@hastingscreamery.com

InHarvest Inc.

  • Parboiling, blending, and scarifying ancient/heirloom rice & grains; heirloom beans & lentils; blending ancient/heirloom rice & grains that complement one another and have even cook times.
  • Capacity: varies depending on season, can handle multi-truck load quantities.
  • Minimum order: 24 lbs. stock items; 2,000 lbs. custom items.
  • Contact: John Wagar, 800-346-7032, johnw@inharvest.com

J&J Distributing

  • We have a full line of fresh produce offerings. Our specialty is organic and processed, fresh cut and vegetable products.
  • Capacity: n/a. 
  • Minimum order: varies.
  • Contact: Silvano Barba, 651-292-3851, silvano.barba@jjdst.com 

Karlsburger Foods, Inc.

  • Soup Bases, Sauces, Spices & Seasoning Blends, Gravy Mixes. Custom Duplications & Private Label Items. 3 state-of-the-art mixing rooms (Dry Blending, Dry/Wet Blending, Dry/Packaging). Certifications: SQF Level 2, USDA Inspected , FDA Inspected, Certified Organic, Certified Halal, HAACP Program, GMP Program, QA Program, Test & Hold Policy
  • Capacity: Varies depending on product. Up to 66,000 pounds a day.
  • Minimum order: No minimum on stock items. 150 lbs Custom Seasoning/Dry Blends. 300 lbs Custom Bases.
  • Matthew Maher, 763-295-2273, matthewm@karlsburger.com

Lakeside Foods

  • You’ll never work with a private-label frozen and canned vegetable company that’s as “deeply rooted in your brand,” as Lakeside Foods. We focus 100% of our energies on Private Brand. We support no national or regional brands. 
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Minimum order: N/A
  • Contact: 1-800-466-3834

Lorentz Meats

  • Beef and bison slaughter, specialty packaging of all meat and sausage making. Niche meat products for retail and food service.
  • Capacity: significant.
  • Minimum order: varies by product.
  • Contact: Jeff Peterson, 507-263-3618 x 247, jpeterson@lorentzmeats.com

Midwest Rubs 

  • Spice blending & whole spice; private label & packaging; product blending & development; bulk packaging.
  • Capacity: 500-1,000 lbs. bulk/day.
  • Minimum order: 25 lbs./negotiable.
  • Contact: Richard Brown, 763-497-1766/763-515-3945, rbrown@midwestrubs.com

Milk Specialties Global

  • Sports nutrition, weight loss, meal replacers.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: 10,000 lbs.
  • Contact: Chris Baughman, 952-942-7310, cbaughman@milkspecialties.com  

Nikola's Foods/ Nikola's Bakery 

  • Full service bakery solutions, custom baking & production, proprietary formulation, private label & co-packing, signature concept development. AIB inspected - score 910; FDA inspected; kosher certified; HACCP program; GMP program; QA program; planned SQF audit early 2016.
  • Capacity: traditional full-service bakery – 35,000 sq ft; gluten-free manufacturing – 15,000 sq ft.
  • Minimum order: determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Contact: Michael Itskovich or Bill Itskovich, 952-253-5991, dir@nikolasbakery.com or bill@nikolasbakery.com

North Star Processing, LLC

  • Spray dried powders include: Flavors, sweeteners, natural coloring, specialty food additives, dairy ingredients, proteins and proprietary blends. Kosher Orthodox Union, QAI Organic.
  • Capacity: large to small development runs.
  • Minimum order: varies with products.
  • Contact: Mark Holmgren, 320-693-7211, mholmgren@nsp-llc.com 

Northwestern Foods, Inc.   

  • Dry blending, vertical form & fill equipment; dry Mixes (flavored beverages, cocoas, teas, lattes, bakery items), Kosher & Halal certified, BRC audited.
  • Available year round; need 4-6 weeks lead time.
  • Minimum order: 2000 lbs/item.
  • Contact: Kurt Kaiser, 651-789-5464, kurt@northwesternfoods.com

Pan O Gold Baking Co. (Country Hearth Breads)

  • Three strategically positioned facilities fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure quality, freshness, prompt order response and on-time delivery. 
  • Capacity: small batches to large-scale ongoing orders.
  • Minimum order: varies.
  • Contact: Mark Ubl, 320-251-9361, mubl@panogold.com

Plainview Milk Products Cooperative

  • Non Fat Dry Milk, Sweet Cream, Condensed Skim Milk, Specialty Dry Blended Products.
  • Capacity: 1,000,000 lbs per day.
  • Minimum order: Non Fat Dry Milk - 50 lbs, Sweet Cream - 2,000 lbs (approx. 200 gallons), Condensed Skim - 2,000 lbs (approx. 200 gallons).
  • Contact: Troy Gascoigne, 507-534-3872 ext 101, troy@plainviewmilk.com

Quality Ingredients Corporation

  • Contract Spray Drying and Spray Chilling.
  • Capacity: TBD.
  • Minimum order: 500 lbs typically.
  • Contact: Sales, 952-898-4002, sales@qic.us

Reichel Foods, Inc.

  • Processing and packaging.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: n/a.
  • Contact: Craig Reichel, 507-289-7264, craig@reichelfoods.com

Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.

  • Ice Cream, Bakery Desserts (Pie), Convenience Foods, Sauces, and Aluminum Packaging.
  • Capacity: varies by product category.
  • Minimum order: varies by product category.
  • Contact: Mary Jo Martinson, 507-537-8189, maryjo.martinson@schwans.com

The Scoular Company

  • Hot fill/cold fill bottling, glass & plastic, aseptic filling, liquid stick packaging, liquid pouch filling, dry blending & bagging, canister filling, pouch filling (horizontal & vertical), particulate pouching & packaging.
  • Provide turn-key solutions (can buy ingredients & packaging and deliver a retail shelf ready product).
  • Plants owned by partners for tremendous flexibility & lower costs.
  • Contact: Vikki Anderson, 612-252-3556, vikkianderson@scoular.com

The Secret Garden

  • Dehydrated soups; entree mixes; quick bread and pancake mixes; dip, cheese ball, salsa, and seasoning mixes; powdered dessert mixes.
  • Capacity: n/a.
  • Minimum order: n/a.
  • Contact: Anne Morgan, 218-732-4866, sgmorg@wcta.net

Smude Enterprises

  • Co-packing dry goods up to 2 lbs. 
  • Capacity: any.
  • Minimum order: any. 
  • Contact: Tom Smude, 320-468-6925, tom@smudeoil.com

Snappy Valley Foods

  • BBQ Sauce, Marinades, Bloody Mary Mixes, Salsa, Hot Sauces, etc. Gluten-free facility specializing in small batch production for the start-up and small entrepreneur, but have the capacity to produce volume as well.
  • Capacity: up to a truckload.
  • Minimum order: 30 gallons - liquid products, 50 lbs - dry blends.
  • Contact: Damon Holter, 715-629-7125, info@snappyvalleyfoods.com

Sno Pac Foods

  • Organic.
  • Capacity: Large.
  • Minimum order: Processing 40,000 lb. raw product/ packaging 20,000 lb. / ingredient sales no minimum.
  • Contact: Peter Gengler, 507-725-5281, snopac@snopac.com

Spectrum Fruits, Inc.

  • We are a technical marketer and get needed products tailor-made using our global network of processors. Opportunity needs to be big enough to make economic sense (projects with an ongoing potential).
  • Capacity: n/a. 
  • Minimum order: varies.
  • Contact: Dr. Vinod Padhye, 763-370-2555, vinod@spectrumfruits.com 

Stone Gate Foods

  • Frozen Appetizers, Pizzas, Side Dishes, Desserts, Meat Products (beef, chicken, pork), Bottling Sauces. Our expertise is with products that involve a high level of hand labor.
  • Capacity: 65% full.
  • Minimum order: 1 full production shift.
  • Contact: Rob Eversman, 952-445-1350 ext 114, reversman@stonegate-foods.com

Sturdiwheat, Inc.

  • All Natural and Organic Certified. We do not run nuts through our system. 
  • Capacity: varies with product. 
  • Minimum order: 1000 units.
  • Contact: Suzanne Blue, 651-385-9300 or 800-201-9650, pancakes@sturdiwheat.com

Treehouse Brands dba Enlightened Beverage

  • Best quality, best price. We get it!
  • Capacity: open.
  • Minimum order: one case 5 pouches/bags x 3 lbs. 
  • Contact: Jim McKenzie / Mike Lammi, 888-522-2892, info@treehousebrand.com  

 

MDA Contact

Brian Erickson, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Sr.
651-201-6539, brian.j.erickson@state.mn.us

Ag Marketing & Development Division