I met with a co-packer on the third. It went well, I think I would prefer to use a "turnkey" co-packer rather that one that can only pack the jars. I have another tentative meeting with them on Tuesday. After that I will be meeting with one of my purveyors about getting costs on ingredients down. As much as my product is going to be a more expensive version of something you would normally buy, it's a little more like the cost of a Bentley or Aston Martin, where as I would prefer it to be closer to a BMW, Cadillac, or even a Platinum edition Ford.
Still have some other functional hurdles to clear, in the way of insurance and being compliant with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food(UDAF), and the FDA. The UDAF will be an inspection of the plant where I will be producing it, and they already produce canned food there so it's just going to be a formality for my particular use of it and the FDA is just making sure that the nutritional information is properly measured and formatted properly on my label. Even though I do not have to have a label for what will probably be my production volume for the first year, I do need it since I will be offering Web based sales and they need it for crossing state lines. Thankfully the packer has a food scientist on staff and they can take care of it. I had contacted an outside company to do it, but since it will probably be cheaper through the packer, that will be the way I go.