Food Producers

Choosing a Co-Packer
Copackers manufacture and package foods for other companies to sell. These products range from nationally-known brands to private labels. Entrepreneurs choose to use the services of copackers for many reasons. Copackers can provide entrepreneurs with a variety of services in addition to manufacturing and packaging products. They can often help in the formulation of the product.

Fancy Food Show
The NASFT® has sponsored and produced the high-profile, well-attended International Fancy Food & Confection Shows® since 1955. They are well-funded, aggressively marketed, and highly regarded by attendees and exhibitors alike.

FDA Food Safety
FDA's primary focus as a regulatory agency is food safety. FDA does not offer financing or business tips for starting up and maintaining a business. FDA offers information on food safety guidelines and regulations it has established that are required for informative labeling and the safe preparation, manufacture, and distribution of food products.

Food Labeling and Nutrition
Food Label Education Tools & General Information

Food Marketing Institute
Welcome to the central source for what’s happening at FMI and in the food retail and wholesale industry. Here you will find a one-stop shop for food retail information, industry resources, issue papers, FMI Congressional testimony and policy positions, and complimentary media registrations to most FMI events.

Get Real Get Maine
The Maine Department of Agriculture sponsors this site to help Maine food and agricultural businesses make contact with prospective customers. The site also provides a comprehensive listing of sources for all Maine food and farm products, as well as lists for farmers markets, agricultural fairs, restaurants that feature real Maine ingredients, farms and greenhouses, orchards, CSA farms, Christmas tree farms, and mail order agricultural products.

New England Small Co-packers and Commercial Kitchens
This is a partial list of Shared-use & Commercial Kitchens and Small Co-packers. The list will be periodically updated. Suggestions for inclusion are welcomed.

Providing Safe Containers for Food Products
The success of valueadded products in has been due to the high quality and uniqueness of these products, filling a niche in the food market.


  • Direct Marketing Guide
  • Guide to Food Additives
  • Guide to purchasing used food production equipment
  • NH Specialty Food Producers Handbook
  • Shared-use Community Kitchen at Shaker Hill Kitchens
  • The Massachusetts Food Processors Resource Manual
  • Threshold To Maine Shared Use Commercial Kitchens
  • Associations

  • National Confectioners Association (NCA)
  • National Food Producers Association
  • New England Extension Food Safety Consortium
  • Penn State Co Op Extension
  • The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade
  • Umaine Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Home
  • Publications

  • Gourmet News Magazine
  • Packaging and Labeling
  • Maine Programs

  • Maine Products Marketing Program
  • Resource

  • Northeast SARE Grants
  • Whole Foods Local Producers Loan Program
  • Federal Programs

  • USDA Food Safety
  • Networking

  • Maine's Shared Use Kitchen Coalition