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3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Co-Packer

3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Co-Packer.

Choosing the right food co-packer is an important decision to take your food product to the next level. However, there are some questions you’ll need to answer before hiring a food co-packer. Here are four of the most important.

Know exactly why you need a co-packing company.

Many food startups start in small commercial kitchens. Although if you have a great product, you’re going to need to expand your manufacturing operation. A great way to accomplish this is by hiring a co-packing company. Outsourcing food manufacturing gives you more time to find more opportunities and grow your business rather than being stuck in a kitchen. In addition, hiring an established co-packer prevents you from having to foot the costs of upgrading your manufacturing facilities.

Understand the manufacturing process.

The better you understand the recipe, manufacturing process, and equipment used to make your food product the easier it will be to work with your co-packer to produce a great product. A good way to start understanding the process is to be present during the first few runs of manufacturing. This way you can test the product to be sure it meets your standards. It’s also vital that you understand and agree with the costs of the ingredients needed to manufacture your product.

Trust your gut (and ask for references).

Finding the right co-packer to partner with can be (and probably should be) a difficult choice. That’s because hiring a co-packer is essentially hiring a business partner. There are many different co-packing companies with many different specialties. Therefore it’s important to look around and find a company has a proven track record of co-packing the types of foods you’ll be manufacturing. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and examples of products that a co-packer completed for other clients. But most of all trust your gut. If a situation doesn’t feel right, look for another option.

If you are looking to hire a co-packer contact the co-packing professionals at Palace Foods today.



hot fill vs cold fill

Hot Fill vs Cold Fill – What’s The Difference?

Hot Fill vs Cold Fill.

If you have a product that you’re considering co-packing one of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether to use the hot fill vs cold fill method. However, before you can make that decision you’ll first have to understand how each of these processes works. Here is a brief description of how the hot fill and cold fill packaging processes work.

Hot fill.

The hot fill process uses heat to sterilize both the product and its container during the food packaging process. The hot fill process starts by heating the food product up to a temperature between 194 and 203 degrees Fahrenheit and the injecting the hot liquid into the packing container. Both the container and the food product are kept at this temperature for 15-20 seconds to ensure there are no bacteria in the food or its packaging. After the heat cycle, the containers rest until the temperature has reached 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, it’s time to seal the packages and allow them to fully cool down.

Hot filling is used for packing food products that are acidic. Examples of food products work with the hot filling process include sodas, vinegar and vinegar based sauces, sports drinks and fruit and vegetable juices. There are several different types of containers that work well with the hot-fill process such as glass, cardboard and some (but not all) plastics.

Cold fill.

In contrast to the hot fill method, which uses heat to sterilize, the cold fill method uses extreme cold to kill bacteria. The cold fill process blasts the food packaging with icy cold air to sterilize it before it’s filled with food. The food also remains cool until it is time to fill the containers. Cold filling is popular with many of our clients because they do not need to use preservatives or other food additives to protect food from the high heat of the hot fill process.

Cold filling is used for packing food products that have dairy as a main ingredient. Therefore any food that has milk or cream as its base is suitable for the cold filling process. Almost any packaging container works well for the cold fill process.

If you are still deciding between hot fill vs cold fill, contact Palace Foods Inc today to see what process will work best for you.

what is co-packing

What Is Co-Packing?

What is co-packing?

If you’re a food entrepreneur that has a great food product you want to sell on a large scale you need to find a co-packing company. What is co-packing? Co-packing is the outsourcing of the manufacturing and packaging of a food product for wholesale. A company will typically hire a co-packer when they don’t have space or resources. However, there may more benefits to hiring a co-packing company.

Why hire a co-packing company?

Co-packing companies save you time and money by having the processes in place to manufacture food products and scale them for any size market. The cost of purchasing your own food grade manufacturing machines and training employees to run them can be extremely expensive and time-consuming. However, the facilities and expertise that a co-packing company provides allow you to manage these cost of manufacturing your product and scale up as your product becomes more successful.

How to find and select a co-packing company.

There are many things that to consider when choosing a co-packing company. The co-packing process can get very complex depending on the product you’re manufacturing. However here are two of the most common factors to consider when selecting a co-packing company.

  • Evaluate your needs. The first thing that you’ll need to decide is what you need from a co-packing company. Are you looking for a partner to source ingredients? Or someone to simply package your products? Or maybe you need a company to see your food product through the entire manufacturing process from beginning to end? Either way, you need to understand exactly what you need from a co-packer before making a decision.
  • The location of the co-packer. It’s best to choose a co-packing company that is close to the market where you’ll be selling your products. Obviously, this is to ensure that your food is delivered to market at its peak freshness. However being close to your co-packer also allows you to be more involved with the manufacturing process and maintain an open live of communication throughout the process.

What is co-packing? If you’re still not sure to contact the co-packing professionals at Palace Food, Inc. today!


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