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How Contract Bottling Services Can Boost your Bottom Line

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Why Bottling Services Matter

Every year, nearly 3,000 new beverage products are formulated and produced in the country, ready for shipment to retail shelves, distribution centers, and customers across the country and beyond, with thousands more produced in the industrial space. While a few companies choose to handle the bottling and distribution part of the business in-house, the majority prefer to outsource this part of the business to experienced contract bottling companies to handle. There are many reasons for this decision, but the two most often cited are time and money. When a company outsources its bottling needs to a contract bottling company, they can get their product to market much faster than if they were to handle everything in-house, which allows them to capitalize on the untapped market opportunity before the competition.

Advantages of Working with a Bottling Company

So, what are the key advantages of working with a contract bottling company?

Faster Time to Market

The contract bottling company will handle all of the logistics associated with getting your product bottled and distributed, so you can focus on other aspects of your business such as expanding your territory, marketing, and the like. Most new businesses in this space massively underestimate how complicated this part of the manufacturing process can be, which is why a trusted partner who can guide you through the entire process is so critical.

Lower Capital Investment

You won’t need to invest in bottling machinery or hire extra personnel to handle the bottling process, since the bottling company would have already made these investments and have everything ready to go beforehand

Greater Flexibility

A contract bottling company can scale up or down according to your needs, so you’re never paying for more than you need. More importantly, when external market conditions beyond your control dictate changes to the supply chain, your bottling company partner should be able to quickly adjust and adapt.

Improved Quality Control

When you outsource your bottling needs, you can be confident that your product will be handled with the highest possible level of quality control every step of the way. In addition, most reputable bottling companies regularly update their quality certifications to keep pace with the changing demands of the industry and the market.

Affordable Operations

As mentioned, contract bottling companies have the relationships and resources in place to get your product bottled and distributed affordably. These companies have long-standing relationships with suppliers of glass, plastic, and aluminum containers, as well as labels, caps, and other packaging materials. They also have the equipment and personnel needed to handle large-scale bottling projects efficiently. All of this comes together and can make a huge positive impact on your bottom line.

Experienced Operations

Bottling companies have a wealth of experience in handling all aspects of the bottling process, from start to finish. This means they’re familiar with the ins and outs of the bottling process and can troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Modern Technology

Contract bottling companies have the industrial-grade equipment necessary to handle large bottling projects quickly and efficiently. They also regularly modernize their equipment to be able to deal with bottles of different sizes, capacities, closing mechanisms, and so on.

Highly-Trained Personnel

In addition to the experienced personnel needed to operate the machinery, contract bottling companies also have a team of experts in place to handle all aspects of the project, from start to finish. They also handle all the training and certifications required for their employees to ensure they’re always up-to-date on the latest industry standards.

How to Find the Perfect Contract Bottling Company

These days companies looking for a bottling partner are looking for more than companies that can fill a bottle and seal it. They’re looking for a bottling company that can provide an end-to-end solution, handling everything from formulation and filling to packaging and distribution.

When searching for the perfect contract bottling company, here are some key factors to keep in mind, beyond the ones mentioned earlier.

Quality Certifications

When considering bottling companies, it helps to find out which ones have the quality certifications mentioned below. While not all will be relevant to your product, it helps to understand their commitment to quality, health & safety regulations, and food safety.

GMP Certification

The first thing you’ll want to look for is a company that has GMP certification. This voluntary certification is granted by the FDA to companies that follow Good Manufacturing Practices, which means they have implemented systems and controls throughout their facility to ensure their products are of the highest quality. To get GMP certification, bottling companies must undergo a rigorous audit of their facility and operations. So, when a company has this certification, you can be confident they’re operating at the highest possible level.

FDA Registration

Another key factor to look for is FDA registration. This is required for any company that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food products for human or animal consumption in the United States. FDA registration is a lengthy and involved process, so when a company has this certification, you can be confident they’re operating at the highest possible level.

HACCP Certification

HACCP certification is another voluntary certification that bottling companies can get to show they’re committed to food safety. This certification is granted by the FDA to companies that have implemented a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system. This system is designed to identify and prevent potential food safety hazards, so when a company has this certification, you can be confident they’re operating at the highest possible level.

SQF Certification

SQF certification is another voluntary certification that bottling companies can get to show they’re committed to food safety. This certification is granted by the Safe Quality Food Institute to companies that have implemented a food safety management system. This system is designed to identify and prevent potential food safety hazards, so when a company has this certification, you can be confident they’re operating at the highest possible level.

BRC Certification

BRC certification is another voluntary certification that bottling companies can get to show they’re committed to food safety. This certification is granted by the British Retail Consortium to companies that have implemented a food safety management system. This system is designed to identify and prevent potential food safety hazards, so when a company has this certification, you can be confident they’re operating at the highest possible level.

Flammable Liquid Certified

If your product is a flammable liquid, you’ll want to make sure the contract bottling company you choose is certified to handle these types of products. Certification is granted by the National Fire Protection Association and requires companies to have specific procedures and controls in place to ensure the safety of their employees and products.

Controlled Substance Certified (TCCA)

If your product is a controlled substance, you’ll want to make sure the contract bottling company you choose is certified by the TCCA. This certification requires companies to have specific procedures and controls in place to ensure the safety of their employees and products.

Hazardous Materials Certified

If your product is a hazardous material, you’ll want to make sure the contract bottling company you choose is certified by OSHA. This certification requires companies to have specific procedures and controls in place to ensure the safety of their employees and products.

Formulation Temperature Control

For products that require the formulation to achieve a specific temperature before bottling, this capability is an essential consideration. For example, certain products that are plant-based require cooling to stave off degradation, while products such as waxes, oils, or ones that have a lot of saturated fatty acids require warming (for liquefaction) before bottling can be done.

Specialty Capping and Closures

Some products require specialty capping and closures such as child-resistant caps, dropper pipette caps or require special handling due to the nature of the product. These special functions are not something that can be performed by bottling companies without the necessary machinery and technical know-how. Asking if they have this capability as an automated function is a great way to avoid any issues later on.

Warehousing and Distribution

If you don’t have in-house warehouse or distribution capabilities, you’ll want to make sure the contract bottling company you choose can provide these services. They should have a good understanding of the logistics involved in getting your product to market and be able to provide a cost-effective solution that meets your needs.

Conclusion

When you’re ready to take your product to market, working with a contract bottling company can save you time and money. They can provide a turnkey solution that includes everything from packaging and labeling to warehousing and distribution. Choosing a company that has the right certifications and capabilities is essential to ensuring a smooth process and a successful product launch.

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