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Planning for the unexpected

Most contract packagers have an ebb and flow in which some parts of the year are busier than others.
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That creates the potential for facilities operating occasionally at full capacity—on the surface, seemingly a good thing. But full capacity is the bane of the seasoned procurer of co-packing services at a CPG company. The procurer always asks a co-packer about its capability to handle packaging overruns or special projects on short notice.

“At some points of the year, you have to deal with the ‘what-ifs,’” Market Resource Packaging (MRP) President Joe Jaruszewski says. “You need to always have a flexible amount of space.”

MRP allows plenty of cushion for the unknown. Jaruszewski estimates the facility typically operates at up to 70% of capacity.

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