Manufacturing Planning Horizon
Many entrepreneurs get discouraged when they encounter the complicated world of manufacturing (ex. see Sara Blakely/Spanx Masterclass). Rightfully, there are regulations (FDA: CFR 117) that protect food safety and define manufacturing practices. This means there is a great deal of paperwork and specification defining manufacturing planning up front. Planning a new manufacturing run typically takes about 60 days using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
The more documentation you have upfront, the faster the process will be. As the entrepreneur develops their supply-chain they should be collecting supplier questionnaires. This ensures that their suppliers are following Good Manufacturing Practices. Having these on hand (as well as your final product specifications) may shorten your manufacturing planning horizon.
Entrepreneurs should also be thinking about quality controls. Do not rely on the manufacture / co-packer to define these alone. Keep track of your production records and create a product sampling plan post-manufacturing. Reach out to ScaleLite Beverages to help make sure your product is produced compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).