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Illinois Co-Packers to Make and Package Your Food Product: Jams, Salsa, Sauces, Pickles, Cookies, Pies, cakes, whatever!

Illinois Co-Packers: Want to Sell Your Salsa, Preserves, Jams, Etc.? Learn About Using A CoPacker to Prepare It!

If you want to make and sell your home-made preserves, salsa, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, apple butter, jams, jellies, or whatever, you will need a licensed kitchen to prepare and can the food. That's fine for relatively small quantities, and if there is a licensed kitchen to rent nearby at a good cost. See this page for shared use kitchens in Illinois. But it may be less expensive (and less risky) for your new business to use a CoPacker to prepare their food, according to you recipe and process. 

What is a Co-Packer?

Co-packers manufacture and package foods for other companies to sell.  These products range from nationally-known brands to private labels.  Entrepreneurs choose to use the services of copackers for many reasons.  Copackers can provide entrepreneurs with a variety of services in addition to manufacturing and packaging products.  They can often help in the formulation of the product.  The copacker may function only as a packer of other people's products or may be in business with his own product line.  They may be, in fact, manufacturing several competing products.  The range of services available from a copacker will vary depending on the size and experience of the copacker and the type of facilities and the capacity of their plant.

Choosing a Co-Packer

You will want to choose a co-packer who has experience making the type of product and packaging that you need.  You may also want to choose a co-packer that is located close to you or your source materials and/or market or distribution centers to reduce costs.

See this page for much, much more about co-packers, like advantages, disadvantages and how to choose a copacker.

The following list consists of companies in Illinois that have co-packing capabilities. This list is neither all-inclusive, nor is it meant to serve as an endorsement.

If you are a co-packer wishing to be added to this list, add your information here.

Illinois Co-Packers

  • Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. - Food Solutions
    1300 North Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 110, Itasca, IL 60143. Phone: 773-714-1436. Email: [email protected]. helping food manufacturers of all sizes deliver the highest quality of taste enhancement. With our broad portfolio of innovative ingredient solutions that span the sweet, savory and texture categories, we're able to solve all types of formulation challenges.
  • Assemblies Unlimited Inc - Copacker, Packaging, Cold packing, Kosher, Certified Organic, Nut-free facility, Glass, Plastic, Metal, Paper, We can source (find) packaging, Private labeling, Larger volumes only
    141 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Phone: (877) 273-6259. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: . We are a full turnkey Contract Packaging company who services all industries and almost any product category, including food and non-food packaging, liquid and dry filling, primary and secondary services. We have multiple locations and a national footprint of copacking facilities. Our value proposition is unmatched response, seamless project management and a good customer experience. Dupage County. (ADDED: July 24, 2020, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Dutch American Foods, Inc.- Dry Food Processing Co-Packers
    1362 Dutch American Way, Beecher, Il. 60401. Phone: 708-946-3000.  Centrally Located in Chicago. Blending, Packaging, Turnkey, Bag in Carton.
  • Kernel Season's LLC - Gluten-free, Kosher, Organic/Natural popcorn and Other Oils
    Contact: Jean Doyle, 2401 East Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone: 773-292-4567. Fax: 773-326-0869. Email: [email protected].
  • Food Blends - dry ingredients blending
    1208 North Swift Road, Addison, IL 60101. Phone: 630-678-5300. Fax: 630-678-5311. Email: [email protected].
  • Harvest Food Group - Frozen fruit, vegetable, rice, pasta, protein, sauce blending and packing
    4412 West 44th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60632. Phone: 773-847-3313. Harvest Food Group is a leading co-packer of frozen fruits and vegetables, entrees, sides, meal kits and specialty items to retail, industrial, and foodservice providers nationwide. Our USDA inspected and approved facilities allow our customers to benefit by buying frozen goods in lower cost totes, then storing, blending, packing and, if desired, private labeling goods, including graphic development and package design, for distribution under their insignia. As further value our customers can rely on, Harvest has achieved SQF Level 3 Certification for its comprehensive quality management systems development. Our Capabilities:
    Vertical form fill seal bagging
    Clear or printed, standard or laminated, gusseted and four-corner poly seal bags
    (2 oz to 6.25 lbs)
    Tray/bowl packing and boxing
    Sauce coating (enrobing)
    Flavor packet insertion
  • Kuntry Kettle LLC - Copacker, Acidified canning, Hot packing, Glass, Scale-up recipes, We can file forms and paperwork, We can source (find) ingredients, We can source (find) packaging, Private labeling
    178 Gordon Rd, Ava, IL 62907. Phone: (618) 426-1600. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: . We are a family owned company. Our facility is third party audited to GMP standards, with a quality control program, and a record of timely delivery. We have a history of helping start-ups, with the capacity to manage larger volumes as well. We have excellent capacity and experience producing salsa, pasta sauce, jam, and apple butter for brand owners and private label markets. (ADDED: May 13, 2020, Suggested by a visitor)
  • National Foodworks Services - Co-packing, private labeling, shared use facility
    575 N. Brush College Rd, Decatur IL 62521. Phone: 217-330-8512.
    National Foodworks Services is a contract packaging and manufacturing facility located in the Heart of Central Illinois operating under a HACCP plan and GMPs with a focus on Quality and Food Safety. We specialize in Product Testing, Pilot Production and Artisanal, Small-batch Production Runs of ready-to-eat bars, refrigerated/frozen cookie dough, cookies and brownies. Case label and labeling imprinting equipment. Allergen and allergen free processes available. One hour free consultation. Flexible minimums, flexible scope of production runs, R & D and testing available.
  • PacMoore Innovation Lab - organic, gluten-free, kosher, halal, and non-GMO products
    202 Market Street, Gridley, IL 61744. Phone: 866-610-2666. Email: [email protected]. Contact: Josh Warren, Business Development Specialist.
  • Y-T Packing Co Turasky Meats - meats
    1129 Taintor Road Springfield, IL 62702. Phone: 217-522-3345. Email: [email protected]. Snack foods that are great for co-packing are:
    Snack Sticks, Restructured Jerky and Jerky Bites, Whole Muscle Beef Jerky, Pork, Meat Bars, Pet Treat Jerky Treats Grain free with Human grade ingredients.
  • Van Drunen Farms - Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) herbs and vegetables
    300 West 6th Street, Momence, IL 60954. Phone: 815-472-3100. Fax: 815-472-3850. Email: [email protected].

Other Resources

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