Well, as it turns out, geography is pretty much irrelevant! (So aren't
you glad I asked :) In fact, most of the New England companies I found
either deal only with confectionary foods, or 100% organic/sports
nutrition bars, types of snacks. So, I wound up mostly going farther
SNACK FOODS CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS (These companies' plants seem to
meet all your criteria):
Hit "enter" at this main site and then click your way around the menu,
including "Our facilities," then take a virtual tour of their plants
in Marion, OH, and Jeffersonville, IN.
Wyandot also handles private label distribution.
Contact them at 1-800-992-6368.
Read more about Wyandot -- the giant in the contract manufacturing
snack business -- in this article from Snackfood & Wholesale Bakery
Manufactures crunchy snacks, such as chips, and distributes in five
states: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and West Virginia.
Associated Brands, Inc. makes salty snacks:
and has plants in Toronto and Medina, NY.
Read about their production development:
Their contact info is:
"markets and manufactures "Intensely Different"? salted snack foods
under a variety of owned or licensed brand names, including T.G.I.
Friday's®, Crunch Toons?, Poore Brothers®, Bob's Texas Style®, Boulder
Potato Company® and Tato Skins®. " and is interested in pursuing
"contract manufacturing opportunities . . . While they are extremely
price competitive and can be short in duration, the Company believes
that they provide a profitable opportunity for the Company to improve
the capacity utilization of its facilities [in Arizona and Indiana]."
Contact Poore Brothers:
PRIVATE LABELS (These companies *may* be open to discussing adding
your snack idea to their line-up of products. Once you have some
samples ready, it may be worth your while to approach them):
According to this 2001 issue of Private Label Buyer:
"Chris Jayne, director of sales of private label products and
expansion markets for Eastern salty snack product supplier Wise Foods,
Kennesaw, Ga. . . ."
You can contact Wise about their private label division at:
Wise Foods, Inc.
245 Townpark Dr., Ste. 450
Kennesaw, GA 30144
I got that address at Hoover's Online:
I also found the following two leads from that same 2001 issue of
Private Label Buyer:
Shearer?s Foods Inc.:
692 Wabash Ave. North
Brewster, OH 44613
Snack Alliance, Inc. (based in Vancouver):
Its U.S. office is:
78035 Highway 207
Hermiston, OR 97838
Barrel O' Fun Snack Foods:
Elite (candy and other snack foods):
Central States (headquarters are in Danville, IL):
See list of contacts (click on names for e-mail addresses):
Impact Fulfillment Services:
(Scroll down to "Fulfillment/Distribution).
They also do packaging.
Accu-tec, Inc. -- Consumer Goods division:
Has a very diverse array of packaging services, including foodstuffs.
Goodwill of Southeastern Wisconsin:
"Goodwill's Commercial Services division has developed a reputation
for quality, flexibility and reliability. Working with customers like
S.C. Johnson and Briggs & Stratton, Goodwill has become a recognized
resource for high volume packaging, assembly, contract manufacturing
and product reclamation services."
Jerrell Packaging (packages dry foods):
Market Resource Packaging:
Sturm Foods, Inc:
(Cached link; they're having problems with their Web site.)
McKinsey & Company, a global marketing and consulting firm has an office in Boston:
Or use this link:
McKinsey & Company
75 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3934
Voice : 1 (617) 753 2001
Fax : 1 (617) 753 2099
Intota, which charges a fee (starting at about $600) for match-making
entrepreneurs, like yourself, with bona fide experts, has a list of
food development consultants, listed at:
You can read biographies and career histories of these experts by
clicking on their names or on "bio." If one consultant seems
especially well suited to your needs, click on the icon "Start A
Project" to bring up a form where you fill in your name and contact
To learn about Intota, click on the menu bar at top, including such
topics as "How To Use Intota":
Point-Of-Purchase Display & Distribution:
Meridian Display Distribution:
Also, check out this helpful book: "From Kitchen to Market" (by Hall,
Stephen F.; Dearborn Trade Publishing; 3rd edition; September 19,
"marketing consultant" AND Boston AND manufacturing AND snack
"marketing consultant" AND manufacturing AND snack
"contract manufacturers" +"New England" +snacks
"contract food manufacturers"
contract food manufacturers +drying +boiling +frying
"contract manufacturer" AND snacks
snacks AND "contract manufacturing" AND distribution AND packaging
snack foods contract manufacturing
"brand name" AND "private label" AND snacks AND "contract manufacturing"
private label snacks
I hope my research is of help to you. Please post a "Request For
Clarification," if you need help navigating any of the above links, or
if you need clarification, prior to rating my answer.
Best of luck with your new business venture!