Understanding the Pros and Cons of Contract Packaging

Contract packing being an art as well as a science requires skill and a long running experience for successful operation. When considering outsourcing packing, it is imperative to be guided by both skill and the technological advancement of the contractor. Additional services offered by the packer such as package designing and product distribution should be considered. It is crucial to establish the contractor’s commitment to quality standards as it affects marketing of the products.

Questions to Address When Seeking Contract Packaging

It is critical to realize that this is a beginning relationship. The partner must ensure that they deliver the final product at a competitive cost and high quality. A thorough analysis of the contractor must be done to address issues such as;

  • Processing time
  • Technological innovation
  • Staff expertise
  • Ability to pack various products and emergency considerations
  • Organizations stability

Contract packaging is a sensitive aspect of production and you should have as much information as possible on the ability of the contractor.

Choosing a Contract Packing Partner for Bottle Filling and Labeling

Choosing a Contract Packing Partner for Bottle Filling and Labeling

Some factors that prompt manufacturers to seek contract packing include;

  • Lack of specialized equipment and expertise on staff
  • Lower production capacity to allow installation of a packing line
  •  Packing a product for market testing or for seasonal items
  • Pressure due to increasing demand from the market
  • Labor intensive packaging requirements

While choosing a contract packing company it is important to establish that these requirements are met or any other special conditions specific to your product.

Sterile Pharmaceutical Products Packaging

Pharmaceutical products are in the class of goods for human consumption and a contract packer shall be responsible for ensuring that “current good manufacturing practices” are followed. You may also require the contractor to have a cGMP certification to guarantee safe products.

Box Packing For Food

Box Packing For Food

A critical issue that comes to the forefront in food packaging is the element of safety. Good and safe foods realization requires special attention to the packing process and a good contract packer must ensure this is achieved. ISO 22000, international standards for food safety stipulates the procedures and audits requirements to achieve food safety certification.

Shrink Sleeve Label Applicator

Label application is an integral process packaging. A shrink sleeve label applicator is an effective equipment in the packing process, that ensures proper placement of the labels on the products thus great appearance.

Shrink Sleeve Label Applicator and Self adhesive Sticker labeling machine

Self Adhesive Sticker Labeling

These types of stickers are easy to place on a product. A self adhesive sticker labeling machine positioned along the products conveyor is able to deliver these stickers at high speed. Careful attention must be given to machine positioning as it affects the quality of appearance of the product.

Contract Packing For Liquid Chemicals’, Edible Oils and Pesticides

While developing a package design, consideration of the current trends is important because it helps the manufacturer to determine what designs are selling and which ones to discard. Liquid chemicals packing including detergents and pesticides are partly promoted by the package design. Functionality of the container including protection of the product should be guaranteed.


Contract packing has great advantages in manufacturing. It allows manufacturer concentrate on the production process while reducing costs associated with packing technology. Virtually any product can be packed by contract packers, as they are able to deliver high quality and expertise.

This article is posted by – CEO of Multi Pack Machinery Company.

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