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 & development, ingredient sourcing, labeling, certifications, distribution and marketing.
  • Co-packer relationships and agreements/contracts are very important. Consider obtaining legal advice before you enter into any agreement(s).
  • Finding a co-packer to make small batches of product can be difficult.

To add your company to this list or to change listing information, contact Tori Hoeppner.

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

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

Eden Prairie

Milk Specialties Global 

Nutritional powder products

Hamel

Hamel Maple Syrup Co., Inc.

Maple syrup and maple sugar

Hastings

Hastings Creamery, Hastings Cooperative Creamery Company

Milk and milk products

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

Maple Grove

Spectrum Fruits, Inc.

Fruit ingredients and fruit blends

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

The Scoular Company

Canister and jar, liquid and dry, stick pack and pouch, and more

Monticello

Karlsburger Foods, Inc.

Sauces, spices, and dry mixes

Park Rapids

The Secret Garden

Dry mixes

Perham

Barrel O' Fun Snack Food Co.

Salty snacks

Pierz

Smude Enterprises

Dry goods up to 2 lbs

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

Snappy Valley Foods

Acidified canned foods and dry rubs/seasonings

Rochester

Reichel Foods, Inc.

Produce, proteins, shelf stable, perishable

Shakopee

Stone Gate Foods

Frozen foods, meat products, desserts, and bottling sauces

South Haven

French Lake Butcher Shop, LLC.

Meat and meat products

Saint Cloud

Pan O Gold Baking Co.

Fresh baked breads and buns

Saint Michael

Midwest Rubs

Spices

Saint Peter

Chippewa Packaging, Inc.

Snack, grains, cereal, and mixes

Saint Paul

Bix Produce Co.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Saint Paul

Captain Ken's Foods

Frozen foods

Saint Paul

J&J Distributing

Fresh produce and deli distribution

Woodbury

Greater American Ribs, Inc.

Meat and meat products

Updated July 2018

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.

Abdallah Candies

  • Toffee, caramels, creams, clusters, barks, and 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 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: 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, and friend pellet items. Depending on the product line and your requests, we produce items with the following callouts: organic, non-GMO, gluten free, kosher, no artificial color, flavors, preservatives, 0g trans fat, etc.
  • 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: please contact us to discuss
  • Contact: Steve Pagel, Sales Manager, 651-487-8000, spagel@bixproduce.com

Bongards Premium Cheese

  • Processed cheese, natural cheese, cream cheese, and 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, 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: Dave Smith, 952-894-2540, dave@buddyskitchen.com

Captain Ken's Foods

  • USDA and 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, 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 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, and organic pancake and 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 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 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 and seasoning blends, gravy mixes. Custom duplications and 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 and 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

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

Midwest Rubs

  • Spice blending and whole spice; private label and packaging; product blending and development; and 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 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 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. 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 

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 lbs/item
  • Contact: Kurt Kaiser, 651-789-5464, kurt@northwesternfoods.com

Pan O Gold Baking Co. (Country Hearth Breads)

  • 3 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

  • 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 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 and plastic, aseptic filling, liquid stick packaging, liquid pouch filling, dry blending and bagging, canister filling, pouch filling (horizontal and vertical), and particulate pouching and packaging
  • Provide turn-key solutions (can buy ingredients and packaging and deliver a retail shelf ready product)
  • Plants owned by partners for tremendous flexibility and 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 lbs raw product/ packaging 20,000 lbs / 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), and 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

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 truck load 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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