Planning for the unexpected

Most contract packagers have an ebb and flow in which some parts of the year are busier than others.

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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