Using a co-packer
What is a co-packer?
A co-packer — also known as a co-manufacturer — processes products for different companies based on individual specifications and can vary in size and scope. Co-packers provide services such as ingredient sourcing, packaging, labeling, manufacturing, product development and distribution.
If I use a co-packer, do I need to be certified?
If you contract someone else to produce organic products for you and only sell the finished packaged and labeled product, you do not require certification. Your co-packer or custom manufacturer is required to be certified.
Do I need to list my co-packer on my label?
The label for your certified organic products needs to identify the handler and the certifier on the ingredient panel. If you are not certified, this means you will need to list your co-packer and your co-packer’s certifier on your label.
If you are certified and your label states “Certified organic by Oregon Tilth” below your handler information — and the handler (i.e. the co-packer you are working with) is not certified by OTCO — you will need a Private Label Agreement.
Please note that as an uncertified brand owner, even if your label says “Certified organic by Oregon Tilth,” that does not mean you are certified, or that you can take your product to a separate co-packer and use the same label without submitting labels to their certifier for compliance.
Forms & Documents
Download the above and submit it to your client service team.
What if my co-packer will not list my products on their organic certificate?
Your co-packer is not required to list your products on their certificate. If your products are not listed on the co-packers’ organic certificate, you can not sell the products as organic.