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.
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* If you know of a Co-packer used by Minnesota food companies but not listed, please contact us at email@example.com. 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.
All American Foods, Inc.
Barrel O' Fun Snack Food Co.
Bix Produce Co.
Bongards Premium Cheese
Buddy's Kitchen, Inc.
Captain Ken's Foods
Chippewa Packaging, Inc
European Roasterie, Inc.
Fiberich Technologies, Inc.
Food Service Specialties
French Lake Butcher Shop, LLC.
Great River Organic Milling
Greater American Ribs, Inc.
Hamel Maple Syrup Co., Inc.
Hastings Creamery, Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company
Karlsburger Foods, Inc.
Milk Specialties Global
Nikola's Foods/ Nikola's Bakery
North Star Processing, LLC
Northwestern Foods, Inc.
Pan O Gold Baking Co. (Country Hearth Breads)
Plainview Milk Products Cooperative
Quality Ingredients Corporation
Reichel Foods, Inc.
Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
The Scoular Company
The Secret Garden
Snappy Valley Foods
Sno Pac Foods
Spectrum Fruits, Inc.
Stone Gate Foods
Treehouse Brands dba Enlightened Beverage
Brian Erickson, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Sr.
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org