Find Your Next Pet Food Co-Packer in Days, Not Months.

PartnerSlate has 229 pet food contract manufacturers and co-packers in our network, actively sourcing new projects. Whether you are a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, we can match you with high-quality production partners that fit your needs.

Our Manufacturers Specialize in:

Our manufacturing partners have a variety of capabilities manufacturing pet food including:

• Mixing
• Grinding

• Cooking
• Extrusion

• Coating (for Dry Kibble)
• Drying

• Adding Nutritional Supplements

They can package in a variety of formats, including:

• Dry Kibble Bags (plastic, paper, or combination of both)
• Cans

• Pouches
• Semi-Moist Pouches or Trays
• Bulk Bags or Boxes

• Tubs or Tubs with Lids
• Single-Serve Trays
• Shelf-Stable Trays or Cups

• Specialized Packaging
• Environmentally Friendly Packaging

Most of our manufacturers are certified and audit-ready:

• Organic
• Non-GMO
• Fair Trade™
• Gluten-Free

• Soy-Free
• Dairy-Free
• Kosher

• Vegan
• Allergen-Free


Experienced working with Whole Foods Markets, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and many other major retailers.

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Jamie's Farm New York

I found plenty of manufacturers. The platform was really easy to use and filter – it provided me with options that I hadn’t discovered before.

– Jamie’s Farm

Looking For Your First Co-Manufacturer?

Finding a pet food co-packer involves a series of steps to identify, evaluate, and select a suitable partner for your pet food production. Here’s a guide to help you in the process:

1. Define Your Requirements:
Clearly outline your product specifications, including ingredients, packaging, and production quantities. Identify any certifications or quality standards required for your pet food. If you are able to know what specific equipment is needed, this will help narrow your search.

Hint: If you need an idea of what questions co-packers and co-mans will ask, fill out a project intake form on our website. It is free to fill out and will help prepare you for your manufacturer search! Get started by creating a free account here.

2. Research Potential Co-Packers:
Use online resources, industry directories, and trade associations to identify potential co-packers. Look for co-packers with experience in frozen meal production and a good reputation. You will also want to make sure that your quantities align with their minimum order quantities. 

Want to skip this step? Get your project listed on PartnerSlate and have our vetted manufacturers reach out to you.

3. Industry Associations and Networks:
Connect with food industry associations or networks. They often have directories of co-packers or can provide recommendations.

4. Attend Trade Shows:
Attend relevant trade shows or expos in the food industry where you can meet potential co-packers. Trade shows provide an opportunity to see their capabilities and discuss your needs face-to-face.

5. Online Platforms and Directories:
Utilize online platforms and directories that connect businesses with co-packers in the food industry. 

6. Network in the Industry:
Connect with professionals in the food industry through networking events, forums, and social media. Ask for recommendations or insights from those who have experience in co-packing.

7. Request for Proposals (RFPs):
Prepare a detailed request for proposals outlining your requirements and send it to potential co-packers. Include information about your pet food project, production volumes, quality standards, and any other relevant details. PartnerSlate can also streamline this process for you. 

8. Visit Facilities:
If possible, visit the facilities of potential co-packers to assess their capabilities, hygiene standards, and overall suitability.

9. Check References:
Ask for and check references from other companies that have worked with the co-packer. Inquire about their experiences and satisfaction with the co-packer’s services.

10. Negotiate Terms and Contracts:
Once you’ve identified a suitable co-packer, negotiate terms, pricing, and production schedules. Ensure that all aspects are clearly outlined in a comprehensive contract.

11. Quality Control:
Establish clear quality control standards and procedures to ensure that your pet food meet the desired specifications.

12. Legal and Regulatory Compliance:
Verify that the co-packer complies with all necessary legal and regulatory requirements for food production.

13. Start with a Trial Run:
Consider starting with a smaller production run to assess the co-packer’s performance and the quality of the produced snacks.

It’s essential to conduct thorough due diligence to ensure that the co-packer aligns with your business needs and values. Each co-packer may have unique capabilities, specialties, and terms, so finding the right fit for your specific pet food production requirements is crucial.