Co-packer Costs w/ Ashley Sutterfield


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Scaling a food + beverage business often requires outsourcing your manufacturing to a Co-packer, and if you’re new to the industry there is a lot to learn!

Ashley Sutterfield, CEO of Metzger & Roth joins Sarah in this episode to help you clear on the process and (you guessed it) costs of partnering with a Co-packer.

In this episode Ashley covers:

  • When it’s the right time to partner with a Co-packer
  • Keys to creating a long-term relationship with your co-packer
  • The Co-packer selection + onboarding process
  • Costs + Options for Developing your Product Formulation
  • How Per Unit Costs are Determined by the Co-packer
  • Production Test Runs + Costs
  • Process Authority Letter Purpose + Fees
  • Additional costs and considerations for shelf-life testing, storage, shipping + more.
  • The importance of Cash Flow for your Initial Product Run

Ashley is a wealth of knowledge, and we’re excited for you to listen in!


Ashley is the CEO of Metzger & Roth. A boutique consulting firm that helps packaged food entrepreneurs prepare for commercializing their product with a co-packer. In her 15 years as a Food Scientist Ashley has helped companies scale over 100 million pounds of food products. Ashley combines her expertise in manufacturing, strategic planning, and one-on-one coaching to guide companies as you navigate the world of co-packing. She specializes in helping you simplify the process step-by-step.


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