A Co-Packer Makes Sense When

1. Your packaging volume under or over employs your own packaging lines, long or short term.

2. There’s a specific, short-term requirement that may be better served by specific packaging experience or equipment you don’t have.

3. There’s a short run for a new product test, gift pack and so forth which may otherwise require the investment in new equipment.

4. Promoting your product with increasingly popular marketing weapons of nonstandard packaging or promotional inserts requires special machinery or labor intensive work.

5. The pressure of new business or deadlines creates a heavy, short-term workload for which you require experienced help to supplement the efforts of in-house staff.

6. A product may be more economical to be shipped in bulk to a distant market, rather than unit packed locally.

7. New packaging forms unfamiliar to your staff and equipment may be specified.

8. There is no available in-house equipment or expertise for a particular job.

9. The plant is closing for maintenance or faced with a labor or equipment availability problem.

10. There’s a warehouse full of a product that needs reworking to make it salable.

11. A new package form is to be market tested before general introduction.

12. There’s a corporate downsizing.

13. The company is faced with a high investment for new packaging equipment.