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

Virginia 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 Virginia. 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 Virginia 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.

Virginia Co-Packers

  • Friendship Industries, Inc. -
    801 Friendship Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802. Phone: 540-434-9586. Email: [email protected]. Friendship Industries can help get your product to the marketplace. We have been providing expert guidance in outsourced labor, contract packaging, and contract manufacturing for fifty years.
  • Jody's Popcorn - Copacker, Drop-shipper, We specialize in small and start-ups
    2842 Cromwell Rd, Norfolk, VA 23509. Phone: (757) 422-8646. Email: [email protected] .. Open: See their website for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. It is all about the TASTE! We make GREAT tasting popcorn! We know what it is like to get started, so we are flexible on minimum quantities and have minimal start-up costs. We can warehouse finished goods and ship them out for you. Our Plant is Kosher certified (OU-D) by the Orthodox Union. Located in the mid-Atlantic, so there is affordable shipping to major population centers. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 02, 2019, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Pasta by Valente - Nut-free, Organic/Natural Vegetarian Pasta (dry).
    P. O. Box 2307, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Phone: 888-575-7670. Phone: 434-971-3717. Fax: 434-971-1511. Email: [email protected]..
  • Summit Beverage Group - Beverages
    211 Washington Ave, Marion, VA 24354. Phone: (276) 781-0671. Email: [email protected]. Our facility can produce many light weight non pulp products including juices with filler speeds up to 600 bottles a minute utilizing both hot and cold fill methods. We can run most bottles in PET and glass from 8oz to 32oz, we use glass containers with a height of 38mm using lug caps. Our plastic containers can be either round or square. Our production methods are USDA NOP organic certified by Oregon Tilth and OU kosher compliant. We use water sourced from four natural Springs with UV sterilization, filtration and certified by the local municipal. Summit Beverage can run most labeling materials with advanced notice including: Roll Fed Films, Shrink Sleeves, Pressure Sensitive Labels, Cut & Stack - small runs. Summit Beverage can run products in 12 & 24 packs, with clear or print registered film. including Variety Packs aka: "Rainbow Packs".
  • Virginia Food Works - Co-Packing Services and Commercial Kitchen Rental
    Prince Edward County Cannery, 7916 Abilene Rd, Farmville, VA 23901. Phone: (434) 960-8958. Email: [email protected]. We are a full service contract packer (co-packer) ready to process your food product from start to finish. We can take your ingredients and recipe and turn them into a finished, resale-ready product. Our co-packing services work well for everyone from farmers with an abundance of produce in the summer to food entrepreneurs looking to scale up production.
    Commercial Kitchen Rental: If you have an established food business and are looking to take your production to the next level, our commercial kitchen rentals may be a good fit for you. Our large-volume steam kettles, filling machine, scales and label applicator speed up production, making the drive to Farmville worthwhile.
    For information on renting the facility for personal use ("home canning"), visit the Prince Edward County Cannery page. Home canning is for personal consumption only as the foods created are not for resale.
  • Virginia Packing - Specialty co-packer for cured meats, cheeses and other quality foods
    3601 LaGrange Parkway, Toano, Virginia 23168. Phone: 757 250 3764. Email: [email protected]. Virginia Packing is a specialty co-packer for cured meats, cheeses and other quality foods. We specialize in products that require careful handling and extra attention to detail. Based in Toano, Virginia, we have experienced staff and top quality equipment, including a Weber high speed slicer and a GEA thermoforming packaging machine. We are the exclusive meat slicer and packer of Spanish jamón for La Tienda, the leading online retailer for imported products from Spain, and our impressive client list continues to grow. We are USDA/FDA inspected, SQF certified (Safe Quality Foods Program). In addition to expert slicing and deboning services, we also offer (MAP) Modified Atmosphere Packaging and vacuum (shrink) packaging for goods such as cheese, meats, and other food products.
  • The Virginia Diner, Inc. - Organic/Natural, Sugar Free Full-line Snacks, Nuts and Pretzels.
    322 West Main Street, Wakefield, VA 23888. Phone: 888-VA-DINER. Phone: 757-899-6213. Fax: 757-899-2281. Email: [email protected]. Contact: Scott Stephens.

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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