copacking and distribution

from U.S. Kitchen Incubators - An Industry Snapshot by Econsult Solutions


"As culinary entrepreneurs scale their business, some realize that they do not have the capacity to produce, package, and distribute their enhanced pipeline of orders. For some, access to packaging facilities may be adequate. However, for others the value proposition of a copacker may make sense. An incubator can help entrepreneurs access both packaging equipment or build relationships with reliable and affordable copackers. Distribution is another key challenging aspect for many entrepreneurs. The incubator may provide connection to small-scale distributors, or even invest in a distribution cooperative, where users share refrigerated trucks. In any scenario, it is important that the incubator assist entrepreneurs with determining the most efficient and cost effective route, and helping them take that step."