The Co-Packing Network was created by Conzumables (www.Conzumables.com) to be its sole advisory group to help consumer brands of all-sizes (start-up, emerging and established) with their contract manufacturing needs. The Co-Packing Network has been helping consumer brands since 2010. During this time, they have helped hundreds of brands with their search and relationships with contract manufacturers nationwide.
Conzumables was founded as a product development and retail format concept group (founders with history with international CPG groups such as Nestle, Coca Cola, Conagra and Pepsi). They are co-founders of known start-up brands (ex: Nature’s Bakery) and are equity partners / advisors to a long-list of successful brands (previous ones included Perfect Snacks).
Conzumables has helped quite a few brands over the years.
Some of the Brands They Have History With:
State Proud was founded with a mission to support local agriculture and businesses by filling in the gaps where State Department of Agriculture programs related to consumer products were lacking in certain states. By collaborating with existing state-based programs like Go Texan, State Proud strengthens the reach and impact of these initiatives. For instance, in states like California, where no State Department of Agriculture program existed for promoting locally made products, State Proud is stepping in to bridge this gap. By developing and implementing programs tailored to the unique agricultural offerings of each state, State Proud ensures that consumers have access to high-quality, locally sourced goods, while also fostering economic growth and preserving regional heritage.
The collaborative approach of State Proud extends beyond state lines, as it actively partners with existing programs to create a network that celebrates local products and businesses across the nation. By enhancing and expanding current initiatives and developing new ones where needed, State Proud plays a crucial role in promoting and sustaining local agriculture, helping consumers make informed choices about the products they purchase, and fostering a sense of pride in supporting their own communities.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance (Contract Manufacturers, Pilot Plants, Private Labelers, Commercial Kitchens, Food Innovation Centers and More) Was Created to Be the Key Resource For Anything to Do With Manufacturing Consumer Products (For Start-up and Emerging Brands).
The CPA’s Request for Quote (RFQ) tool allows an automated submission to CPA Members to securely submit their project details and needs. Your Request for Quote will be dispatched to CPA Members whose capabilities match your project needs, and if they can assist you, will contact you directly about their services and capabilities.
It All Started…
The founders of Conzumables and Ron Puvak of the Contract Packaging Association met at a trade show a couple years ago and started talking about the common links they had with helping start-up and emerging brands … over time the concept of the Contract Manufacturing Alliance was born.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance (The Contract Packaging Association and the Co-Packing Network) work with a-number of communities with the common goal of helping start-up and emerging consumer brands:
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance is continuing to add Contract Manufacturers as partners of our programs including becoming members with the Contract Packaging Association and availing its own events in different parts of North America.
* Our Contract Manufacturer Roster is Over 40,000
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance is adding more and more trade associations (who have some form of association with consumer products). We are adding both state-based and national trade associations to our roster (to help Consumer Product Companies).
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance created a ‘search by County’ Tool as well is adding more existing commercial kitchens everyday. We are also helping create new commercial kitchens as well as recruit existing entities to offer their kitchens to clients.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has added a new sub-association model to the Contract Packaging Association’s roster to add in Pilot Plants. CMA is also working with Pilot Plants nationwide to recruit them to work with start-up and emerging brands.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has Food Innovation Centers to its roster of manufacturing types. We are working with Food Innovation Centers as a resource for their needs working with start-up and emerging brands.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance is working with packaging and ingredient suppliers nationwide relating to start-up and emerging brands. CMA created Ingredient Manager (IngredientManager.com) as part of its work with ingredient suppliers.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance’s founders have over 35-years working directly with retail and food service customers (including distributors). We work with chains and distributors frequently helping introduce new vendors for them to preview.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance (especially the Contract Packaging Association) welcome new and existing technology partners that are ideal for contract manufacturers, pilot plants, commercial kitchens, start-up and emerging brands and others in the industry.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance’s founders work with current State Departments of Agriculture (examples include Texas and Utah) as well are talking with others. We plan on creating programs relating to states such as West Virginia and Illinois.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance currently is involved with consumer product industry incubators and accelerators and continue to add others to their roster. We all have the same goals of helping start-up and emerging brands.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has a roster of university based food innovation centers it has history with (ex: UNL, Rutgers, Cornell) as well is creating a complete college and university incubation template to help others with their consumer product programs.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has history working with regional SBDC (Small Business Development Centers) and Score.org offices and are creating industry incubation and resources (Ex: Commercial Kitchens search tool) to help their own clients.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has been advising start-up and emerging brands how to work with crowdfunding platforms (ex: Kickstarter and Indiegogo) as well as funding groups (ex Kickfurther). We will continue to add funding resources to our rosters.
The Contract Manufacturing Alliance has created incubation template for farmer’s markets to help their consumer product vendors as well is expanding its efforts in helping farms create retail stores (produce stands, farm stands and CSA’s).
Our family has been involved within the consumer product industry (US based manufacturing, retailing, distribution) since the early 1920’s. From the first generation to the latest, our best practices have been handed down over time leading to a long legacy of successes in the business (manufacturing, retailing, distribution and more).
The Co-Packing Network (Conzumables) helps new consumer brands about where in the store their products fit best as well possible opportunities for secondary placements. They are also pioneers in retail channel development and doing business with newer formats for business.
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Some of our founders were pioneers (with Nestle USA Corporate) in setting up snack and beverage programs (Grab-and-Go) with retailers and service customers in non-traditional / alternative retail formats. Before then it was rare to see a snack and beverage program in a hardware, auto parts or audio/electronic chain. The Nestle Team started with West Marine Boating stores (with a snack program) and ended up setting up a large number of customers over the next number of years (1995 – 1999 and beyond).
* Our founder was sent to Switzerland (Nestle’s World Headquarters) to help set up similar programs in many markets worldwide.