Econo-Pak offers a wide range of contract food packaging services to meet nearly any packaging need. To help you better understand the process and what to look for in a contract food packaging provider, view the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

General FAQs about Contract Food Packaging

What is contract food packaging?

Contract food packaging involves outsourcing the packaging of your food products to a third-party packaging provider. The contract food packaging company takes care of tasks that include packaging design, production, material sourcing, quality control, labeling, and more.

What types of companies can benefit from contract food packaging services?

Contract food packaging services are ideal for various types of businesses, including retailers, food manufacturers, distributors, processors, and more. These services give businesses the flexibility to focus on their core competencies while benefiting from specialized packaging expertise.

What are the key advantages of outsourcing food packaging to a contract packaging provider?

Outsourcing your food packaging operations offers numerous advantages, including the following:


  • Access to specialized equipment and expertise
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Compliance with industry standards and regulations
  • Scalability to handle shifts in demand
  • Ability to customize packaging to align with your brand

How does contract food packaging differ from in-house packaging operations?

In-house packaging operations involve a company handling its own packaging processes internally. Contract food packaging, on the other hand, involves partnering with a third-party provider for your food packaging needs. This allows businesses to benefit from enhanced efficiency, experience, and specialized resources without having to invest in costly equipment and labor.

What types of food products can be contract packaged?

Contract food packaging is a versatile solution that can be used to package numerous types of food products, including:


  • Dry/bulk goods
  • Powders
  • Snacks
  • Grains
  • Baked goods
  • Confectionery items
  • Cereals
  • And much more

Choosing a Contract Food Packaging Provider

What factors should I consider when selecting a contract food packaging provider?

When determining the right contract food packaging provider for your needs, there are many factors you should consider. These factors include their experience level, quality control processes, certifications, track record, capabilities, responsiveness to communication, and ability to meet your packaging requirements.

How can I ensure that the provider meets my specific packaging requirements?

Check to make sure the contract food packaging provider has the expertise and experience to handle the specific types of food products you offer. They should be able to showcase their ability to meet your unique requirements for packaging design, labeling, materials, and any special considerations related to your products (allergen control, certified organic, etc.).

What certifications or quality standards should I look for in a contract packaging provider?

To ensure you choose a partner that prioritizes quality management and food safety, look for the following certifications/quality standards:

  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000
  • ISO 9001:2015

Materials and Sustainability for Contract Food Packaging

What types of packaging materials are commonly used in contract food packaging?

Common materials used in contract food packaging include trays, cartons, cans, bottles, flexible pouches, and labels. Choosing the appropriate materials for you largely depends on product type, branding considerations, and shelf life requirements.

Can I choose eco-friendly or sustainable packaging options?

Yes! Contract food packaging providers understand the growing demand for sustainable packaging materials and offer a range of eco-friendly options, including those that are compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable. Be sure to discuss your sustainability goals with your provider to find the right solution.

Contract Food Packaging Compliance and Safety

What measures are taken to ensure compliance with food safety regulations?

Experienced contract food packaging providers maintain robust quality control systems and adhere to stringent food safety regulations. Following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and holding FSSC 22000 or HACCP certifications illustrates that their packaging processes meet the required safety, hygiene, and traceability standards.

Got Questions about Contract Food Packaging?

At Econo-Pak, we provide superior contract food packaging services to companies of all sizes. With over 40 years of industry experience, we have the necessary expertise, equipment, and resources to meet all of your food packaging requirements while adhering to the highest standards of quality. If you have more questions regarding contract food packaging or want to partner with Econo-Pak for your food packaging needs, request a quote today.