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

Iowa 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 Iowa. 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 Iowa 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.

Iowa Co-Packers

  • Euroclassic Pastries - Ready to Bake Pastries
    Lester, IA. Phone: 888-497-7243.
  • Dutchland Frozen Foods - Kosher, Organic/Natural Cakes and Pastries, Frozen Baked Goods and Appetizers
    205 North Maine, Lester, IA 51242. Phone: 888-497-7243; 712-478-4349. Fax: 712-478-4554. Email: . Email: [email protected]. Contact: Stan Warner.
  • Iowa Choice Harvest - Update for 2021 - Permenently closed
    Marshalltown, IA 50158.
  • Palmer Candy Company - full line of confections and nutmeats.
    311 Bluff Street, Sioux City, IA 51106. Phone: 712-258-5543.
  • Shells by Design - Copacker, Freezer storage, Dry shelf storage, Bakery, Private labeling
    120 Touchstone Energy Drive, Garner, IA 50438. Phone: 877-766-1122 . Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. Products: Tart Shells, tarts, pies, cheesecakes, pastries, loaves, muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, scones, brownies, quiches Foodservice/ Retail Located in Hancock County. (ADDED: January 21, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Todd's Premium Foods - Copacker, Refrigerated storage, Freezer storage, Dry shelf storage, Acidified canning, Low acid canning, Hot packing, Cold packing, Kosher, Certified Organic, Scale-up recipes, We can file forms and paperwork, We can source (find) ingredients, We can source (find) packaging, Private labeling, We specialize in small and start-ups, Larger volumes only
    4413 NE 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50313. Phone: (515) 771-9435. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. SQF LEVEL 2, ORGANIC AND KOSHER CERTIFIED. TODD'S CAPABILITIES: Dry Plant=Location=Des Moines, Iowa CAPABILITIES Blending HFFS machine=2 grams to 250 gram packets VFFS machine=.50 lbs to 6 lb pouches Stand up pouch machine Bagging line=25-50 lb bagging line with heat seal Bulk packaging=25 lbs to 2000 lb totes Bottling line Liquid Plant=Location=Madison, Nebraska CAPABILITIES Liquifier Hot fill and cold fill Bottling Line=8 oz to 64 oz bottles ½ Gallons/ Gallons/ 5 Gallons 2000 lb tote Gallons (ADDED: June 09, 2020, Suggested by a visitor)

Other Resources

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Where can I find more information about canning?

For more than 250 specific, simple recipes with step-by-step directions and photos; and general information on canning and food preservation, see this page.

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