A co-packer (or contract packer) is a business that manufactures (processes and packages) a recipe for another business. Food companies use co-packers for many reasons, including to grow or “scale” quickly, to avoid brick and mortar costs, or to have their products made closer to their markets.

In general,

  • Some co-packers will help with product formulation, research and development, ingredient sourcing, labeling, certifications, distribution, and marketing.
  • Co-packer relationships and agreements are very important. Consider obtaining legal advice before you enter into any agreements or contracts.
  • Finding a co-packer to make small batches of product can be difficult.

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Co-Packer by location

Location Co-Packer Types of Products
Albert Lea and Owatonna Zumbro River Brand High protein and specialty extruded snacks, cereals and crisps, and powdered products
Albertville Particle Control Inc. Dry food ingredients
Arden Hills Northwestern Foods Inc. Dry mixes
Bemidji InHarvest Inc. Grains, rice, beans, and lentils
Bloomington Fiberich Technologies Inc. Legume flours, and high fiber baking concentrate flour
Bloomington Nikola's Foods, Nikola's Bakery Baked goods
Burnsville Abdallah Candies Candy
Burnsville Buddy's Kitchen Inc. Frozen sandwiches and breakfast entrees
Burnsville Quality Ingredients Corporation Flavor, color, dietary supplement, fruit, and probiotics
Caledonia Sno Pac Foods Frozen vegetables
Cannon Falls Lorentz Meats Meat and meat products
Chanhassen Bongards Premium Cheese Cheese and cheese products
Cochrane WI Great River Organic Milling Organic grains, flours, and cereals
Dover Dover Processing Inc. USDA inspected meat processing and co-packing
Eden Prairie Milk Specialties Global Nutritional powder products
Hamel Hamel Maple Syrup Company Inc. Maple syrup and maple sugar
Hastings Hastings Creamery, Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company Milk and milk products
Hudson WI Croix Valley Foods Acidic and acidified canned foods
Inver Grove Heights Mile Marker Spirits in bottles and cans
Le Center European Roasterie Inc. Roasted coffee
Le Center Maud Borup Candy, snacks, dry mixes, sauces, and non-food products
Litchfield North Star Processing LLC Spray-dried powders
Manitowoc WI Lakeside Foods Inc. Vegetables, beans, beverages, salsa, and sauces
Mankato All American Foods Inc. Dried, co-dried, and dry blended bulk ingredients
Marine on St. Croix Treehouse Brands dba Enlightened Beverage Frappe mix, bakery mix, coffee, and equipment
Marshall Schwan's Global Supply Chain Inc. Frozen foods
Minneapolis At Last! Gourmet Foods Soups, sauces, marinades, dips, and spreads
Minneapolis & New Richmond WI Big Watt Inc. Whole bean coffee and ready-to-drink cold press coffee, sparkling beverages, and CBD products
Minneapolis Fischer's United Supply Inc. Sauces, dressings, marinades, salsas, dips, jams, and jellies
Minneapolis G.O. Fresh Fresh pre-cut fruits and vegetables
Minneapolis Olsen Fish Company Pickled products, creamed products, and brines, non-heat treated
Minneapolis-St. Paul Flackers Dry blending, mixing/extruding, and dehydration capabilities
Monticello Karlsburger Foods Inc. Sauces, spices, and dry mixes
Park Rapids The Secret Garden Dry mixes
Pierz Smude Enterprises Dry goods and oil bottling
Plainview Plainview Milk Products Cooperative Milk and milk products
Red Wing Food Service Specialties Tomato-based and dairy-based sauces and dips
Red Wing Sturdiwheat Inc. Dry mixing and packaging
River Falls WI SnappyDog Foods Acidified canned foods and dry rubs/seasonings
Rochester Reichel Foods Inc. Produce, proteins, shelf-stable, perishable
Shakopee Stone Gate Foods Frozen foods, value-added meat products, and pouch/cup filling
South Haven French Lake Butcher Shop LLC Meat and meat products
Saint Cloud Pan O Gold Baking Company Fresh baked breads and buns
Saint Louis Park MBH, LLC Roasted whole bean and ground packaged coffee
Saint Michael Midwest Rubs Spices
Saint Peter Chippewa Packaging Inc. Snack, grains, cereal, and mixes
Saint Paul Bix Produce Company Fresh fruits and vegetables
Saint Paul Captain Ken's Foods Frozen foods
Turtle River Stittsworth Smokehouse Company Meat and meat products
Wanamingo Maple Island Inc. Nutritional and dairy powdered products
Woodbury Greater American Ribs Inc. Meat and meat products

Reviewed July 2018; updated 2022. To add your company to this list or to change listing information, contact Brian Erickson.

This list and information are provided as a service to small Minnesota food makers. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is not responsible for the actions of and does not endorse any of these entities.

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Detailed co-packer listings

Abdallah Candies

  • Toffee, caramels, creams, clusters, barks, and nougats
  • Capacity: 5,000 pounds per day
  • Minimum order: varies
  • Contact: Steve Hegedus, 952-890-4770, Service@AbdallahCandies.com

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All American Foods Inc.

  • A leader in customized processing and packaging of dry and co-dried food ingredients. Our Pro Mix® product line consists of cheese powders and flavorings, cultured dairy powders (yogurt powders, sour cream powders, cultured buttermilk powders, and cultured nonfat powders), high-fat powders, egg replacer powders, dried flavoring ingredients, dry sweetened condensed whole and skim milk powders, nonfat dry milk, buttermilk powder, and whole milk powder replacers.
  • Capacity: to be determined
  • Minimum order: to be determined
  • Contact: Amy Kuch, National Sales Manager, 800-833-2661, Amys@AAFoods.com

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At Last! Gourmet Foods

  • Liquid and spreadable products and custom production formulations for foodservice and retail customers (soups, sauces, marinades, dips, etc.) We co-innovate and deliver products that incorporate regenerative and sustainable sourcing solutions for clean label solutions to transform grocery and restaurant markets. USDA inspected, USDA Certified Organic, SQF Level II.
  • Capacity: 30,000 pounds per customer per day
  • Minimum order: 1 pallet (1,200 pounds)
  • Contact: Ross Schreck, RSchreck@AtLastGourmetFoods.com or Mary Pruden, Info@AtLastGourmetFoods.com

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Big Watt Inc.

  • Whole bean coffee, ready-to-drink cold press coffee, ready-to-drink sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink CBD products. Small mid-sized company focusing on additive/preservative/dairy-free ready-to-drink cold press/brew coffee, sparkling functional beverages, and whole bean coffee. We provide in-house R&D, flavor formulation, and short-run capabilities for burgeoning brands.
  • Capacity: Minnesota facility - 10,000 cases per month; Wisconsin facility - 25,000 cases per month
  • Minimum order: 2500 units minimum
  • Contact: Jason Westplate, 612-354-2897, Jason@BigWattCoffee.com

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Bix Produce Company

  • Fresh boxed and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables as well as specialty grocery
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: contact us to discuss
  • Contact: Steve Pagel, Sales Manager, 651-487-8000, SPagel@BixProduce.com

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Bongards Premium Cheese

  • Processed cheese, natural cheese, cream cheese, and whey
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: 10,000 pounds
  • Contact: Scott Tomes, 952-277-5555, Scott.Tomes@Bongards.com

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Buddy's Kitchen Inc.

  • Frozen sandwiches, burritos, breakfast entrees, and grilled bread. Product development is available and 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: Joe Chiovera, 952-894-2540, Joe@BuddysKitchen.com

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Captain Ken's Foods

  • USDA and FDA
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: annual 100,000 pounds
  • Contact: John Traxler, 651-298-0071, JTraxler@CaptainKens.com

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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: to be determined
  • Contact: Sales, 507-931-5510

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Croix Valley Foods

  • Specializing in acidic and acidified canned foods such as barbecue sauces, marinades, salsas, hot sauces, Bloody Mary mixes, beverages, Worcestershire sauces, pasta sauces, dry rubs, seasonings, and more. 
  • Capacity: any
  • Minimum order: 100 gallons on liquid products, 150 pounds on dry blends
  • Contact: Damon Holter, 612-756-4985, info@CroixValleyFoods.com

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Dover Processing Inc.

  • Sausage making, smoked meats, horizontal slicing, thermoforming, and vacuum packaging. Specializing in uncured and natural clean label products. Organic inspected (MOSA), Animal Welfare Approved inspected.
  • Capacity: small and large volumes
  • Minimum order: contact us to discuss
  • Contact: Eric Klein, 507-273-0859, Eric@HiddenStreamFarm.com

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European Roasterie Inc.

  • Our coffee, your packaging and brand
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: 50 pounds per SKU
  • Contact: Tom Dotray, 507-357-3008, Thomas@EuroRoast.com

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Fiberich Technologies Inc.

  • High fiber baking concentrate for breads, rolls, and other baking items
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: one pallet (2000 pounds)
  • Contact: Jean Holland, 952-920-8054, FiberichTech@gmail.com

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Fischer's United Supply Inc.

  • We pack a wide variety of condiments from BBQ sauces to jams, mostly acid or acidified foods in sizes from 4-ounce jars to 55-gallon drums. We can also do USDA Organic Certified products.
  • Capacity: an average full production day would yield 3200 pounds of product
  • Minimum order: 500 pounds
  • Contact: Luke Fischer, 612-379-3333

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Flackers

  • Specialty food manufacturer that offers research and development, contract manufacturing, and private label services. Our primary focus is consumer food products made with better-for-you ingredients at the highest quality standards. Certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, and kosher. Will be FSMA and SQF Level 3 certified by July 2021.
  • Capacity: small to large production
  • Minimum order: based on product platform
  • Contact: John Castillo, 626-354-1523, john@foodopsllc.com

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Food Service Specialties

  • Specializing in matching the signature pizza and pasta sauces of restaurants, food service organizations, and manufacturers. Our primary focus is pouches for foodservice (5 to 10 pounds) and totes for remanufacturing (110 to 315 gallons). We also have jarring capabilities available for these customers.
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: approximately 1,000 gallons with an annual volume expectation of 5,000 gallons
  • Contact: Jordan Polehna, 800-657-0811, JordanP@FoodServiceSpecialties.com

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French Lake Butcher Shop LLC

  • Raw meat, cooked products, uncured products slaughter (beef, hog, goat, lamb, deer, elk), hog scalding, and 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 pounds
  • Contact: Kimberly Werner, 320-286-5345, FrenchLakeButcherShop@live.com

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G.O. Fresh

  • Local woman owned company. Full line of processed fruits and vegetables. USDA Organic Certified.
  • Capacity: n/a
  • Minimum order: varies
  • Contact: Adam Dilley, 651-425-8196, Adam@gofresh-precut.com

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Great River Organic Milling

  • Organic whole grains, organic bread flours, organic flour blends, organic specialty flours, organic hot cereals, and organic pancake and waffle mixes
  • Capacity: depends on product
  • Minimum order: depends on product
  • Contact: Rick Halverson, 608-687-9580, RHalverson@GreatRiverMilling.com

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Greater American Ribs Inc.

  • Specializing in fully cooked pork loin back ribs, with or without BBQ Sauce. Fully cooked meats, retail 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

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Hamel Maple Syrup Company Inc.

  • Pure maple syrup, Certified Organic maple syrup, a Sugar Bush Blend (75% Minnesota beet sugar syrup/25% maple syrup), granulated maple sugar; wholesale, private label, and custom bottling. SQF certified, Kosher certified (cRc, Chicago Rabbinical Council), certified Organic and non-GMO (MOSA).
  • Capacity: 1000s of pounds of maple syrup in various containers; bulk syrup available
  • Minimum order: pallet preferred; will discuss
  • Contact: Steve Jordan or Steve Leuer, 763-478-2353, Order@HamelSyrup.comSJJordan@frontiernet.net, or lure3312@aol.com

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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-ounce, cross-section paperboard 8-ounce to 32-ounce.
  • Capacity: 100,000 gallons
  • Minimum order: 150 gallons
  • Contact: David Zwart, 651-437-9414, David@HastingsCreamery.com

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InHarvest Inc.

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

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Karlsburger Foods Inc.

  • Soup bases, sauces, spices and seasoning blends, gravy mixes. Custom duplications and private label items. Three 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 and Hold policy
  • Capacity: varies depending on product; up to 66,000 pounds a day
  • Minimum order: no minimum on stock items; 150 pounds custom seasoning or dry blends; 300 pounds on custom bases
  • Matthew Maher, 763-295-2273, MatthewM@Karlsburger.com

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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

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Lorentz Meats

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

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Maple Island Inc.

  • We can dry blend and canister fill a wide array of powdered products including milk and protein powders as well as sensitive products like infant formula. Our packaging capabilities include both metal and composite canisters.
  • Capacity: contact us for capacity information
  • Minimum order: contact us as it varies by product and fill size
  • Contact: David Doebler, 651-773-2673 or 651-271-1119 (cell), DDoebler@Maple-Island.com

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Maud Borup

  • We have extensive experience in private label manufacturing and can co-pack your components or develop and source a product for you. Bags, rigid containers, specialized shaped bags and containers. Candy, snacks, powdered mixes, hot sauces, everyday products, food gifts. Non-food projects such as toy packaging, shrink wrapping, mail items, labeling, pick and pack, warehousing services, displays, pallet programs.
  • Capacity: small to large runs
  • Minimum order: 4,000 units
  • Contact: Randy Lantinen, 866-678-6283, Randy@MaudBorup.com

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MBH, LLC

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Midwest Rubs

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

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Mile Marker

  • Small volume tin cans (100- and 200-milliliter) and small to standard glass bottles (50-milliliter to 1.75-liter) for bitters, spirits, and ready-to-drink canned cocktails. Family-owned company founded in 2012.
  • Minimum order: 1,000 bottles (any size); 70,000-112,000 cans (depending on size); cans supplied by Dashfire
  • Contact: Lee Egbert, 612-229-8593, dashfirebitters@outlook.com or lee@dashfire.us

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Milk Specialties Global

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

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Nikola's Foods, Nikola's Bakery

  • Full-service bakery solutions, custom baking and production, proprietary formulation, private label and co-packing, signature concept development. AIB inspected – score 910; FDA inspected; kosher certified; HACCP program; GMP program; QA program.
  • Capacity: traditional full-service bakery – 35,000 square foot; gluten-free manufacturing – 15,000 square foot
  • 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

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North Star Processing LLC

  • Spray dried powders include: flavors, sweeteners, natural coloring, specialty food additives, dairy ingredients, proteins, and proprietary blends. Orthodox Union kosher, Quality Assurance International organic.
  • Capacity: large to small development runs
  • Minimum order: varies with products
  • Contact: Mark Holmgren, 320-693-7211, MHolmgren@nsp-llc.com

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Northwestern Foods Inc.

  • Dry blending, vertical form and fill equipment; dry mixes (flavored beverages, cocoas, teas, lattes, bakery items), kosher and halal certified, BRC audited
  • Available year-round; need 4-6 weeks lead time
  • Minimum order: 2000 pounds/item
  • Contact: Kurt Kaiser, 651-789-5464, Kurt@NorthwesternFoods.com

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Olsen Fish Company

  • Extensive experience in private label manufacturing; rigid containers, vacuum product, jarred product; kosher, FDA, non USDA products
  • Capacity: small to large runs
  • Minimum order: negotiable
  • Contact: Chris Dorff, 612-287-0838, cdorff@olsenfish.com

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Pan O Gold Baking Company (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

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Particle Control Inc.

  • Specialized in toll milling, blending, packaging, air classifying, and other food processing services
  • Capacity: 100 ton/week
  • Minimum order: 100 pounds
  • Contact: Jerry Arns, 763-497-3075, Jerry@ParticleControlInc.com

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Plainview Milk Products Cooperative

  • Nonfat dry milk, sweet cream, condensed skim milk, specialty dry blended products
  • Capacity: 1,000,000 lbs per day
  • Minimum order: Nonfat dry milk – 50 pounds, sweet cream – 2,000 pounds (approximately 200 gallons), condensed skim – 2,000 pounds (approximately 200 gallons)
  • Contact: Troy Gascoigne, 507-534-3872 ext 101, Troy@PlainviewMilk.com

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Quality Ingredients Corporation

  • Contract spray drying and spray chilling
  • Capacity: TBD
  • Minimum order: 500 pounds typically
  • Contact: Sales, 952-898-4002, Sales@qic.us

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Reichel Foods Inc.

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

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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

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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

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Smude Enterprises

  • Co-packing dry goods up to 2 pounds; oil bottling any size
  • Capacity: any
  • Minimum order: any
  • Contact: Tom Smude, 320-468-6925, Tom@SmudeOil.com

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SnappyDog 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 pounds – dry blends
  • Contact: Dave Merten, 651-775-5865, Dave@SnappyDogSalsa.com

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Sno Pac Foods

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

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Stittsworth Smokehouse Company

  • Raw or cooked sausages, smoked jerky, and raw ground meat bricks or patties. Specializing in beef, pork, bison, and wild game products. We can trim, marinate, and package poultry products. We are smokehouse experts and offer consultation services to help jumpstart your food production business.
  • Capacity: 100,000 pounds monthly
  • Minimum order: trial runs to help with new product recipes; contact us for more information
  • Contact: George Becerra, 218-343-9834, george@stittsworthmeats.com or Mychal Stittsworth, 218-586-4201, mychals@stittsworthmeats.com

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Stone Gate Foods

  • Frozen appetizers, pizzas, side dishes, desserts, value-added meat products (beef, chicken, pork), meal kit assembly, and pouch/cup filling. Our expertise is with products that involve a high level of hand labor.
  • Capacity: Ability to handle small runs to multiple truckloads
  • Minimum order: 1 full production day/night shift
  • Contact: Rob Eversman, 952-215-0475, REversman@Stonegate-Foods.com

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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

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Treehouse Brands dba Enlightened Beverage

  • Best quality, best price – we get it.
  • Capacity: open
  • Minimum order: one case 5 pouches/bags x 3 pounds
  • Contact: Jim McKenzie / Mike Lammi, 888-522-2892, Info@TreehouseBrand.com

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Zumbro River Brand

  • 2 locations, offering twin screw extrusion and batch agglomeration services. SQF level 2, kosher, halal, gluten free, non-GMO, and organic (by product). Specializing in high protein snacks, cereals, and crisps.
  • Capacity: small volumes to truckload quantities
  • Minimum order: depends on product; pilot plant has trial units for R&D work
  • Contact: Zane Borchers, 507-446-9097 x 123, ZBorchers@ZumbroRiverBrand.com

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