Meet your
COMAN MATCH

FIND THE BEST-FIT CONTRACT MANUFACTURER FOR YOUR FOOD OR BEVERAGE PRODUCT

An original in the plant based food space wanted to launch an entirely new product at Expo West… 8 weeks before the show

An innovative meat analog brand needed a coman partner while building their own plant…but had to protect their IP at all costs

A Fortune 50 food company needed more product to expand to new markets…and their current network wasn’t cutting it

These are a few of the challenges we’ve been confronted with, and solved, as coman consultants at JPG Resources. And we can do it for you.

How to find a contract manufacturer

A contract manufacturer, also known as a “coman,” is a manufacturing facility that makes multiple products for multiple brands on a contractual basis. (That’s a bit different from a “contract packer” or “copacker,” who’s responsible for packaging, though you’ll sometimes see the terms used interchangeably.) Most food and beverage companies—even big ones!—use a coman partner to make their products, because it’s so much easier and more cost-effective than building a dedicated production facility.

But while the benefits of outsourcing are many, finding the right partner is no easy feat. There are thousands of comans out there, but very few that have the right equipment, capabilities, and expertise for your specific product.

We think of it a bit like matchmaking. At JPG, we’re here to help you find “the one.”

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Don’t make this startup’s mistake

A fast-growing D2C startup wanted to launch a new product outside their core line, a better-for-you sweet snack. They were building demand with thousands of interested consumers who were hungry for more.

The company had “Frankensteined” their formula and were struggling to get it made correctly with a coman that didn’t have the right technical capabilities—and who ended up giving them the boot.

That’s when they came to us. We found them a coman partner that was a much better fit, both technically and personally. The product is now in-market and doing very well. But not until they had burned months of time and countless hours searching, making unanswered calls, and worrying over what exactly would come off the line the next day.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can help you get your product into people’s hands without the wasted time, money, and effort.

No more...

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NOT KNOWING

where to start, or what else is out there

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FRUSTRATION

with not finding the specific equipment and capabilities you need

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SEARCHING

through spreadsheets and databases with no guidance

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GETTING HUNG UP ON

when you call

WHO WE HELP,
AND HOW

We’re here to help find you the perfect coman solution for your specific product and needs, with maximum efficiency, total transparency, and true partnership. Here are just a few of the challenges we love assisting with.

  • You’ve got your formula down and just need the right coman to make it
  • Your product is in-market and demand is growing (hooray!), but your current partner can’t meet it
  • You have a great first product, and want to launch a second (or third)
  • You produce raw ingredients and want to turn them into a CPG product
  • Your current coman is working well, but you want to have a second viable option on the books to mitigate future risks
  • You work for a large company and need assistance technical scouting to fill gaps in your current capabilities—or just to see what else is out there

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT,
WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT

SALTY SNACKS
BARS
BAKED GOODS
CONFECTIONS
FROZEN
CONDIMENTS
CEREAL
ON-THE-GO
FRESH AND CHILLED FOODS
PLANT-BASED, ALLERGEN AND LIFESTYLE
…and more!

We’re proud to work with companies of all sizes and categories that share the same purpose: to find a better way to feed the world

Some words from your food
& beverage industry peers

A previous coman we were working with was having trouble commercializing a new product. Working with JPG, we were able to find a new partner that is able to make the product just like we wanted it. The JPG team were quick, communicative, and great to work with.
-Greg Sewitz, Co-Founder, Magic Spoon

Some words from your food
& beverage industry peers

A previous coman we were working with was having trouble commercializing a new product. Working with JPG, we were able to find a new partner that is able to make the product just like we wanted it. The JPG team were quick, communicative, and great to work with.
-Greg Sewitz, Co-Founder, Magic Spoon

HOW IT WORKS

Don’t waste your time contacting hundreds of comans who won’t even return your calls—and who might mess up your product. We have a database of 9,000 comans that we search by specific parameters. Since we speak the language of extruders, sheeting equipment, and fat profiles, we can get down to business quickly.

*By the way: while our experience means certain coman partners may immediately come to mind, we don’t get any kickbacks or incentives from comans. Our process is totally objective.

Not sure you’re ready for the line?

We’re here for you. At JPG Resources we help our food & beverage brand clients with the entire commercialization process, from developing or fine-tuning your formula to delivering consumer insights.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES

LAY OUT THE GAME PLAN:

We discuss your needs and then develop a plan for the project.

DEVELOP PARAMETERS:

We then translate what you’ve told us into “coman speak” and draft an initial list of high-potential coman partners.

MATCH UP WITH THE MARKET:

We contact each of these partners to determine how closely aligned they are to your needs. Each week we share an update of our progress.

GET YOUR SOLUTION:

After 6-8 weeks, we wrap with 2-3 best fit partners and schedule an intro call to help you start contract negotiations and get your product on the line.

Who you’ll work with

We’re here to worry about all the little things that keep you up at night—and a few dozen more you haven’t even thought of yet. Our 15 supply chain specialists and 60+ nationwide industry pros are here to leverage all their experience, expertise, and industry contacts to find your best-fit coman.

Joe Colyn

Supply Chain & Operations Specialist

From his early days walking fields and vineyards across North America as an agronomist to his later years as Manager of Global Procurement during high-growth years at Kellogg, Joe helps companies large and small mitigate against existential risks while bringing their products to millions of people’s homes. He knows that each brand has a unique set of ingredients, formula, and manufacturing needs, and brings the benefit of his 25+ years of experience to helping them avoid common pitfalls and find their best-fit coman partner.

Paul Vilker

Supply Chain & Operations Specialist

Paul has spent the last decade in and around production facilities helping commercialize and launch dozens of successful products and brands. He’s lived every aspect of the CPG product journey, including working as a plant manager for a better-for-you snack brand that he helped scale for large wholesale accounts. As a Certified Supply Chain Professional with the Association for Supply Chain Management, Paul loves both solving big problems and dealing with day-to-day “block and tackle” to get ambitious brands to the next level.

Joe Colyn

Supply Chain & Operations Specialist

From his early days walking fields and vineyards across North America as an agronomist to his later years as Manager of Global Procurement during high-growth years at Kellogg, Joe helps companies large and small mitigate against existential risks while bringing their products to millions of people’s homes. He knows that each brand has a unique set of ingredients, formula, and manufacturing needs, and brings the benefit of his 25+ years of experience to helping them avoid common pitfalls and find their best-fit coman partner.

Paul Vilker

Supply Chain & Operations Specialist

Paul has spent the last decade in and around production facilities helping commercialize and launch dozens of successful products and brands. He’s lived every aspect of the CPG product journey, including working as a plant manager for a better-for-you snack brand that he helped scale for large wholesale accounts. As a Certified Supply Chain Professional with the Association for Supply Chain Management, Paul loves both solving big problems and dealing with day-to-day “block and tackle” to get ambitious brands to the next level.

KEEP HAVING GREAT IDEAS

Leave the nuts and bolts to us

We work hard to help around 100 brands per year find their coman match. But at a time when food and beverage brands are growing fast, and many contract manufacturers are going back to “business as usual,” that roster fills up fast. Give us a little more information on your brand and where you’re at so we can start finding you the perfect coman partner.