I apologize if this topic is redundant but I have searched this on the forum multiple times and have come across two different answers.
Our company uses co-packers for 3 clients. The co-packers packs their produce (ex. potatoes, beets, carrots) in customer branded packaging. Then it gets shipped to us and we distribute the finished product to the customer.
My questions are:
1. Does this fall under 2.3.4 Contract Manufacturers or under 2.4.4 Approved Supplier Program?
I have seen both answers on this forum. Some seem to say co-packers are the same as co-manufacturers and other say they are different and should fall under the supplier program.
I want to note that these co-packing companies are already in our Approve Supplier Program since they also supply us with produce unpacked.
2. In terms of packaging, one co-packer purchases their own packaging, packs the product and ships it to us. Would I need to contact them to forward us specs, certificate of conformance etc to cover 2.3.2 Raw and Packaging Materials.
Thank you very much!