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Issue Summary

Successfully working with a contract manufacturer requires identifying a partner that is the right fit, establishing a formal written agreement and committing to diligent communication throughout the production process. Manufacturers should view audits as opportunities to show their commitment to excellence, and brand holders should be mindful of having reasonable expectations.

Table of Contents

Viewpoint
by Rachel Adams

Business Agreements
by Justin J. Prochnow

A View From Both Sides of the Relationship
by Kurt Schneider

The Handheld Raman Solution for Materials Identification
by Suzanne Schreyer

Audit-Ready
by Laura Willis

When and Why Contract Manufacturing Makes Sense for Beverages
by Debbie Wildrick

Intellectual Property Trends in Contract Manufacturing
by Andreas Baltatzis and Gideon Eckhouse

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Outsourcing offers efficiencies attractive to early-stage companies managing limited capital.
  • Auditing quality and safety standards helps verify a contract manufacturer’s focus on excellence.
  • Control and protection of both parties’ intellectual property (IP) should be part of the contract.

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