What is the Difference Between a Contract Manufacturer, Packager and Co-Packer?
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance’s Co-Packing.org is a service to both consumer brands looking for contract manufacturers as well as those contract manufacturers looking for new clients and other industry related subjects.
The Contract Packaging’s Association’s Request for Quote (RFQ) tool allows for an automated submission to CPA Members to securely submit their project details and needs. Your Request for Quote will be dispatched to CPA Members whose capabilities match your project needs, and if they can assist you, will contact you directly about their services and capabilities. If they cannot help you, we will work directly with you from our own roster of 40,000 contract manufacturers and others.
The Benefits of Contract Manufacturing:
- Flexibility: By owning the product design, you maintain control over the branding, product specifications, and quality testing. However, the tasks the manufacturer takes on will give your employees more time to focus on other work.
- Maximizing profits: You reduce the overhead costs involved with the production, thereby increasing your profits. Sometimes, you can negotiate lower pricing than with private label manufacturers.
- Source: Alliance Rubber Co (RubberBand.com)
- Scalability: Contract manufacturing allows you to scale your production without heavy investment. The manufacturers often have a network of suppliers worldwide to tap into (ingredients, packaging and more).
- Expertise: By drawing on the manufacturer’s expertise, you gain help perfecting your product and eliminating costly design flaws. You capitalize on the manufacturer’s suggestions for advantageous processes and materials.
Start-up, Emerging and Established Brands:
Needing a Contract Manufacturer or Needing New Customers?
The Contract Packaging Association and the Co-Packing Network established the Contract Manufacturing Alliance as a prime resource for all aspects of consumer product manufacturing, catering to startups, emerging, and established brands.
Explore more at www.ContractMFG.org
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance
The Eight Arms of Manufacturing:
Food Innovation Centers
Inventions and Prototyping
CPG With Own Facilities
Pioneering Industry Standards in Contract Packaging & Manufacturing
Established in 1992, the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) is the national, non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting the growth and welfare of firms in the Contract Packaging / Manufacturing industry and related businesses. We offer exposure and programs designed to foster growth within our member firms.
A Century of Expertise in Consumer Product Manufacturing
The Co-Packing Network is a comprehensive national Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) advisory group deeply rooted in the diverse US and Canadian consumer product manufacturing industries. Celebrating our 100-year anniversary, our expansive history spans supermarkets, wholesaling, manufacturing, owning brands, and beyond.
We offer all Commercial Kitchens (culinary kitchens, shared kitchens, kitchen incubators, food innovation centers) with tools that help their clients (such as incubation programs). We will be availing our matchmaking platforms to our commercial kitchen partners that have needs for kitchen equipment, ingredients, packaging, recipe tools and much more.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance
Creating products for the following:
Local and Regional Farmers Markets
Our incubation program connects consumer product entrepreneurs with kitchens, co-packers, and pilot plants nationwide, perfect for farmer's market operators and vendors.
Local, Regional, National Retailers
Together with our own internal and external sales partners, we help place products (retailers, e-commerce) that consumer product entrepreneurs make with their manufacturing partners. Our own www.RetailFormats.com showcases all of the retail and food service formats that are ideal for placements.
Local, Regional, National Food Service
We help entrepreneurs place their products with manufacturers in retail and food service locations via our sales partners. Check out the ideal formats at www.RetailFormats.com.
Local, Regional, National E-Commerce (Internal / External)
We create e-commerce platforms and Amazon relationships for client brands using our internal and external sales partners, with customers like Thrive Market, Abe’s Market and Wayfair.
Our family has been involved within the consumer product industry (US based manufacturing, retailing, distribution) since the early 1920’s. From the first generation to the latest, our best practices have been handed down over time leading to a long legacy of successes in the business (manufacturing, retailing, distribution and more).
Our New Community Tool: Squawkee
Our Own Media:
Contract Packaging (CP) is the official magazine for the Contract Packaging Association, published three times each year by PMMI Media Group (owners of Packaging World magazine). Dedicated exclusively to contract packaging issues and news, each issue is overseen by Editor-in-Chief, Anne Marie Mohan.
20,000 qualified packaging professionals receive each edition of CP. These professionals are individuals who have indicated that they have purchase involvement in contract packaging and related services and products. Magazine recipients are also contract packagers, who are CPA members.