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Arkansas, alternative crop, profitability, stability, family farm, small-size farm, medium-size farm


Co-packing, also known as contract packaging, is when a company contracts with another company to manufacture and package foods that the original company will sell. Products on the market that have been co-packed range from nationally known brands to those sold under private labels. The use of co-packers has become extremely popular with entrepreneurs who have a product idea but lack the $100,000 or more needed to set up a manufacturing facility to produce the product. In addition, many entrepreneurs starting a foods business find that, in today’s market conditions, greater profits are achieved through sales and marketing innovations than by what is done in manufacturing. So, if a company has limited resources, they may get more profit using these resources to develop efficient marketing procedures rather than spending them on setting up manufacturing operations.

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