FOOD CO-PACKING SERVICES

Glen Industries specializes in serving the co-packing needs of startup and small to medium production companies. With increased regulatory oversight related to food safety, we are able to assist restauranteurs, distributors, and other customers with specialized food products to get their product ready for market without the worry.

We provide:
  • Technical assistance
  • Sanitary kitchen and production areas
  • Trained labor force to meet food safety standards
  • Ability to package and ship products all over the world
We specialize in bottling acidified and low-acidified foods and dry fill food packaging and labelling.




Glen Industries is registered with the Federal Food and Drug Administration and licensed for food processing with the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets.

Customers can expect:
  • Personalized service
  • Confidentiality of product information
  • Assistance with regulatory compliance
  • Input on packaging, shipping, and cost-analysis
  • Reliable turnaround time on production
Our 5,000 square foot warehouse and packaging area includes loading dock for commercial carriers and is also serviced by FedEx, UPS and the US Post Office. Additionally, we have refrigeration and freezer space and a commercial kitchen equipped with a 60 gallon kettle and bottling line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for considering Glen Industries to meet your food co-packing needs. This page is designed to answer the questions most frequently asked by our customers about the food co-packing process and our services. If you have a question that doesn’t appear here or if you’re ready to get started, please feel free to Contact Us.
What is a co-packer?
Co-packers manufacture and package foods for other companies to sell. These products range from nationally-known brands to private labels. Entrepreneurs choose to use the services of co-packers for many reasons. Co-packers can provide entrepreneurs with a variety of services in addition to manufacturing and packaging products.
What are the advantages to using a co-packer?
The most obvious advantage to using a copacker is to reduce startup costs for the food entrepreneur. Capital costs of equipment and facilities can be enormous. Using a copacker allows you to more accurately predict overhead costs due to manufacturing. Using a copacker can also reduce lead time in getting a product to market. Choosing a copacker who already has processing lines in place makes manufacturing, packaging, and labelling a food product easier than manufacturing in a home kitchen. Glen Industries has experience and knowledge of many products, which may be transferrable to the product you wish to co-pack.

Glen Industries has proper regulatory certifications, insurance, food industry contacts and sources to get the job done efficiently. Our trained staff is familiar with quality parameters, food safety requirements, and shipping needs. We have the proper facilities for receiving and storing ingredients and can arrange for short-term storage of your finished product. We can also offer suggestions on packaging of the product based on the type of filling, capping, and sealing and may be able to provide the container as part of the service contract. Through our partnerships, we can refer you to assistance for nutritional labeling and brand labelling. We will also arrange for palleting and shipping to meet your needs.
What products does Glen Industries pack?
Glen Industries is certified to manufacture acidified and low-acidified foods and is equipped for hot fill and cold fill bottling and dry fill products. Examples:

  • BBQ sauce and hot sauce
  • Salad dressings and marinades
  • Salsas, spreads, and dips
  • Mustards, jellies, and condiments
  • Oils and syrups
  • Powder and granule products
What products does Glen Industries NOT pack?
Glen Industries is not able to pack unpasteurized dairy or raw meat products.
What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
A Non-Disclosure Agreement is a legal contract that creates a confidential relationship between the customer and Glen Industries to protect proprietary information or trade secrets about the product. There is no cost for a Non-Disclosure Agreement and simply allows the customer to share a recipe with Glen Industries in confidence.
What is a Scheduled Process and why is it required?
A Scheduled Process is a process selected by a processor as adequate for use under the conditions of manufacture for a food in achieving and maintaining a food product that will not permit the growth of microorganisms having public health significance. A Scheduled Process is required to meet compliance and regulations that go along with food production.
How long does it take to get a Scheduled Process? Is there a cost?
Glen Industries can assist the customer in having a Scheduled Process completed through Cornell University. The customer can expect this process to take 6 – 8 weeks for completion and there is a fee to the customer associated with this process.
How big are Glen Industries' batches? Can Glen Industries produce multiple batches a day?
Glen Industries’ typical batch size is 60 gallons. The unit number will depend on the size of the customer’s chosen container. Depending on the product, it may be possible to complete multiple batches in a day. Customers may inquire.
What does Glen Industries supply and what do I supply?
  • Ingredients: Glen Industries will provide the customer with a list of typically used providers who carry necessary ingredients. It is the customer’s responsibility to order and schedule shipment of ingredients to Glen Industries to arrive not sooner than 1 week prior to the scheduled production day.
  • Packaging: Glen Industries works with a vendor to supply the customer a choice of glass jars. Other types of packing must be ordered and shipped to Glen Industries by the customer not sooner than 1 week prior to the scheduled production day.
  • Labels: (nutritional information, barcode, artwork): Glen Industries works with vendors who can assist the customer with nutritional information if needed, barcodes, artwork, and printing of labels. These vendors are familiar with Glen Industries’ equipment specifications and can design labels that will meet your needs.
  • Storage: Glen Industries does not provide long term storage for ingredients or completed products. The customer must arrange for the product to be picked up or shipped within 10 days of completion. The customer may arrange for a shipping carrier to provide Glen Industries with a bill of lading, a document issued by the carrier which details a shipment of merchandise and gives title of that shipment to a specified party.
Can I work with Glen Industries staff in the kitchen?
Yes, especially for the first batch run. Customers may choose to work with staff at subsequent batch runs, but it is not required. Glen Industries is not a “shared-use” kitchen, meaning customers do not schedule time in the kitchen to use equipment for self-production. Glen Industries is proud to provide a strong labor force to meet customers’ needs, so they can use their time to manage other aspects of the production and market their products.
What additional food co-packing services can Glen Industries provide?
  • Personalized customer service
  • Assistance with Scheduled Process, packaging, sealing, labeling, and shipping preparation
  • Cost-analysis
  • On-site sanitation and quality controls (e.g. pH meter, record-keeping of ingredients and nutritional values, charts of date and batch coding for every product)
  • Routine quality checks on your product
  • Fast, reliable turnaround time
Is a Shelf Life Test required for my product?
Each product Glen Industries produces will have a date code affixed to identify date of manufacture. The FDA does not require expiration dates on most food products, although some stores may require it or you can decide to set your own quality standard by suggesting a “use by” or “sell by” date. To have a shelf life study completed you can choose to hire a lab or conduct your own test. We will affix a shelf life label per your instruction with the understanding that we cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the information. Shelf life testing is not a service Glen Industries provides.
Do I need Nutrition Facts on my labels?
The FDA has certain rules for when you are required or exempt from having nutrition facts on your label. You should research FDA’s guide on exemptions to nutrition fact labeling. We will apply labels per your instruction.
I want to work with Glen Industries, but am I too far away from Watkins Glen, NY?
Distance is not a barrier to working with Glen Industries. Our customers come from all over the country. You can have your ingredients and materials shipped to Glen Industries for production and packaging, then arrange to have your items shipped from our facility to the destination you choose.
How do I prepare to meet with a co-packer?
Outline your business and marketing plan. In regards to your product, determine a budget, the size and type of container you’ll need, and number of units you would like to produce. Write the process and instructions for how your product is prepared. Here is a list of questions you and Glen Industries will discuss:

  • Will you require product development assistance such as safety determinations, coloring, stabilizers and emulsifiers, or preservatives?
  • What are special product concerns such as: acidity, thermal process, refrigerated ingredients, refrigerated product storage?
  • Are there special ingredient concerns?
  • Will the product require specialized ingredients in terms of variety, function, or piece size?
  • Will ingredient preparation such as onsite chopping, peeling, coring, or sugaring be necessary?
  • Can ingredients be purchased ready-to-use?
  • Are there alternative sources for specialized ingredients?
Glen Industries suggests Nelson Farms, located in Cazenovia, NY for consulting and educational trainings about food co-packing.