5 Secrets Hidden by Co-Packing Companies. How to Avoid Hidden Challenges?

Discover 5 secrets that co-packing companies don’t want you to know about. From underestimated quotations to neglected quality control. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and ensure the success of your cosmetics production.


Co-packing is an essential service in the cosmetics industry, offering companies the opportunity to package, and sometimes produce, their products. This type of partnership can significantly reduce costs, increase production efficiency, and allow us to focus on key competencies such as product development and marketing. However, like any industry, co-packing has its secrets that can pose challenges for unaware companies. Understanding these hidden aspects is crucial for companies looking to make informed decisions and establish fruitful partnerships.

The Alluring Facade of Co-Packing

Co-packing offers undeniable benefits, including cost reduction, increased production efficiency, and the ability to focus on our key competencies. For many companies, co-packing is an attractive proposition, providing an easier and more organized path to market. However, beneath this attractive exterior lie potential pitfalls that can turn promises of efficiency and cost savings into a complex network of challenges. Below, we present five potential challenges in collaboration with co-packing companies.

1. Underestimation and Later Price Increases

A common practice of some co-packing companies is initially underestimating the cost of services, making them attractive to manufacturers. However, after the project begins, “unforeseen” costs arise from additional operations necessary in the production cycle. This situation puts the client in a difficult position because they often have no choice but to accept higher costs to continue production. To avoid such surprises, it is important to accurately define the project scope and potential additional costs during the negotiation stage. It is also worth demanding the inclusion of a clause in the contract to guard against unjustified price increases.

2. Artificially Extended Deadlines

Another tactic is deliberately extending deadlines. Co-packers may cite minor quality errors in supplied components as the reason for the delay. This strategy not only buys time but can also lead to additional fees for purportedly resolving these issues. To manage and prevent unnecessary delays, it is important to establish clear, realistic deadlines and include consequences for non-compliance in the contract. Regular communication and progress monitoring are crucial for maintaining project timeliness.

3. Production in Inadequate Facilities

The temptation of low costs may lead companies to neglect the importance of compliance with safety regulations and workplace hygiene. Operations conducted in inappropriate facilities by non-contractual workers not only jeopardize product quality but can also result in significant financial losses and legal issues. Conducting an audit and inspection of the facility before starting cooperation is crucial. It is important to ensure that a potential co-packing partner complies with relevant industry standards and regulations.

4. Insufficient Warehouse Facilities

Accepting orders without providing adequate warehouse conditions can lead to improper product storage. This is especially relevant for products requiring specific conditions, such as cosmetics or food products, for which improper temperature or humidity can be catastrophic. Companies should require co-packing partners to provide evidence of having appropriate warehouse facilities and environmental control systems. Warehouse audits can also be conducted to personally verify storage conditions. Conducting thorough audits and quality control verifications can help minimize these risks.

5. Neglected Quality Control

Quality control is often promised but inadequately executed. To avoid falling victim to this discrepancy, companies should demand transparency regarding quality control processes and results. Before starting cooperation, we should require the co-packing company to present quality control procedures at every stage of production and how results are reported. This can help us verify the integrity of a potential partner.

Choosing the Right Co-Packing Partner

Identifying a reliable co-packing partner requires more than analyzing service quotations. It requires thorough examination of their operational practices, compliance with safety standards, and commitment to quality control. Companies must take a proactive approach, conducting audits and demanding transparency, to ensure the integrity of their products and the stability of their supply chains.


The cosmetics industry’s dependence on co-packing services underscores the importance of making informed choices when selecting a partner. Awareness of the secrets hidden by some co-packing companies enables us to navigate potential pitfalls more effectively, ensuring the safety of our production processes and the stability of our supply chains.

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