Contract Blending and Packaging Services Help You Reach Your Production Goals
Chances are, as a busy business owner, you don’t have the time or resources to build your own production facility. That’s where contract blending and packaging services come in. A contract packaging company can help you ramp up production without managing your own building and workforce. However, making the jump to working with a contract packaging company is a big decision. Let’s dive into the specifics to help determine if it’s the right fit for you.
What are Contract Blending and Packaging Services?
Contract packaging (also known as co-packing) occurs when a business hires another company to manage their product blending, packaging, or other production needs. The goal is to help you bring your product to your customers more quickly and reliably, without having overhead and headaches of managing your own production facility.
There are various types of contract packaging services you can choose from. At Crystal Packaging, we offer turnkey, toll, and partial toll packaging services to fit your specific needs. With our turnkey solution, we can source the packaging and raw materials for you and blend the product before readying it for shipping. For toll packaging, the customer provides all raw and packaging materials while we blend and assemble the product. We can also offer a mix of the two with our partial toll services. In this case, the customer provides some of the materials while we blend the product and get it ready for shipment.
Benefits of Contract Blending and Packaging Services
Low Barrier to Entry
If you’re looking to ramp up production for your business, you can either build a bigger facility or partner with a contract packaging company. The latter is quicker and easier on your wallet, as you won’t have to invest in a facility, equipment, or workforce necessary to complete your operation.
An established contract packaging company already has the knowledge and experience to get your product out the door quickly. Additionally, there may be regulatory requirements for some formulations. Making a mistake could cost your business in terms of wasted product, fines, or a damaged reputation. Forming a relationship with a co-packer reduces your need to research these requirements and allows you to focus on other areas of your organization.
Depending on the contract packager’s level of service and the type of products, you may have more purchasing power when you outsource your production. If your product uses an industry-standard packaging style or raw ingredient, the co-packer may receive bulk discounts on input materials, saving your company money.
What Industries Use Contract Packaging?
Contract packagers serve a wide variety of industries. At Crystal Packaging, we specialize in many products ranging from lubricants to laundry detergent, automotive fluids, pet care products, and more. We provide blending, filling, and packaging services that help your brand deliver safe, reliable products.
Who Should Partner with a Contract Packager?
If you’re currently managing your own labor force, machinery, and other materials without an issue, you likely don’t need a co-packer. However, if you don’t want to or can’t manage these items, working with a co-packer is a great option.
Are you still not sure if working with a contract packager is right for you? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you ever experienced a recall due to an off-spec product?
- Have you received customer complaints about product quality?
- Is your formula finalized and tested?
- Do you have product and packaging specifications you can easily give to a contract packager?
These are questions a contract packager will ask you before you begin working with them. Working with a co-packer can likely provide you with cost and time savings; reach out to us for an initial conversation to see if Crystal Packaging’s contract packaging services are the right fit for your business.
Work with Crystal Packaging for Your Contract Packaging Project
Whether you’re making windshield wash, lubricants, automotive chemicals, consumer goods, or any number of other products, Crystal Packaging offers various contract packaging solutions to fit your needs.
We’ve honed our services since we started in 1977, which means you can have peace of mind when you entrust us with your products. We value quality and have numerous procedures in place to ensure safe, reliable products. We carry ISO 9001:2015, GMP, ECOCERT, and Safer Choice Standard certifications, along with an EPA registration. We also have an H-3 certification, which allows us to handle a range of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Our in-house testing lab ensures a consistent formulation, no matter which batch it comes from. We also offer warm blending for certain formulas, which results in a better-performing product.
No matter your production requirements, our 70,000 square-foot facility with more than two million gallons of storage and truck and rail access help you meet them. You’ll benefit from our strategic location in the Rocky Mountains, ensuring your product can reach its target destination in three business days. Though we don’t offer distribution or 3PL services, our location is near many retail distribution centers and 3PL companies.
Connect with Our Expert Team
If you’re ready to start your contract packaging journey, contact our team for more information.