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

Michigan 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 Michigan. 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 Michigan 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.

Michigan Co-Packers

  • American Spoon Foods - preserves, salsa, sauces, condiments.
    1668 Clarion Avenue, Petoskey, MI 49770. Phone: 616-347-9030: Fax: 800-647-2512.
  • Festida Foods  -
    219 Canton SW Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Phone: 616-241-0400. Festida Foods is a privately-owned family business employing approximately 200 individuals, making some of the best quality, best tasting, and most innovative tortilla chips and other salty snacks in the industry. Our promise and commitment to our customers, vendors, and employees is: To honor God in all we do, to help our people develop, to pursue excellence, and to grow profitably.
    Festida Foods' business consists wholly of private label and co-packing services. Unlike other co-packers, we are not a brand owner or promoter, and therefore we do not compete with our customers. We are proud to develop and manufacture snack foods for many major national retailers, nationally distributed brands, regional grocers, and food service providers. For these customers we ship product throughout all of the US, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Food For Thought, Inc. - fruit preserves, sauces, BBQ and salsa, dressings and juice concentrates
    10704 Oviatt Road, Honor, MI 49640. Phone: (231) 326-5444. Email: [email protected]. Contact: Timothy Young
    Description of services or product specialties: Hot and cold pack glass and plastic bottling focusing on fruit preserves, sauces, BBQ and salsa, dressings and juice concentrates. Certified Organic.
  • Proper Beverage Co. - Copacker, Acidified canning, Low acid canning, Metal, Scale-up recipes, We can file forms and paperwork, We can source (find) ingredients, We can source (find) packaging, Private labeling
    4432 South Buttermilk Ct. #400, Husdonville, MI 49426. Phone: (616) 414-2463. 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. At Proper Beverage we put big dreams into small cans. We are a premier Copacker with the ability to package; - Soda's and Tonic's - Energy Drinks - Functional Beverages - Flavored Seltzers - Distilled Spirits and Cocktails - Flavored Malt Beverages With the ability to package multiple sized cans, we are your beverage solution partner. Located in Ottawa County. (ADDED: February 19, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Qualia Specialty Provisions - Copacker, Dry shelf storage, Nut-free facility, Glass, Plastic, Metal, Paper, Scale-up recipes, We can source (find) ingredients, We can source (find) packaging, Private labeling, Other We specialize in small and start-ups
    655 E 10 Mile rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071. Phone: (248) 930-2332. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: Click here for a map and directions.  Dry Ingredients, Spices, Seasonings, Tea, Coffee, Drink Mixes Qualia is a small business serving small businesses. We specialize in seasonings, herbs, spices and other dry ingredient blending and packing by hand for small/short runs of less than 1,000 units and more. Our clients tend to be specialty food entrepreneurs in the spice and seasoning business though we do service several local companies in powdered cosmetics, drink mixes and tea blending. Our business model has been built on low-cost, minimal-fee service with plenty of leeway for new startup companies getting their feet wet and established companies expanding their product lines. Personal service, attention to detail and friendly terms drive our daily business. We specialize in hand-packing consumer packages which may not fit typical filling machines or other industrial equipment. We handle dry powders, seasoning blends, spices, herbs and drink mixes Located in United States County. (ADDED: August 24, 2021)
  • The Starting Block -
    1535 Industrial Park Drive, Hart, MI 49432. Phone: 231-873-1432. Fax: 231-873-1458. Email: [email protected] Contact: Jane Dosemagen
  • Traverse Bay Farms - Fruit, gourmet and garden salads.
    7053 M-88 South, Bellaire, MI 49615. Phone: 231-533-8788. Fax: 231-676-0453. Contact: Andy LaPointe.. CoPackers of shelf stable fruit, salsas, jams, jellies apple and other butters, sauces and syrups etc.

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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