Food Technology Magazine | Innovation

DIY Food Manufacturing

For many companies, operating their own manufacturing facilities is an important competitive strategy. Here’s a look at why.

By Dale Buss
Photo courtesy of Rivalz Snacks

The Rivalz Snacks team credits its internal manufacturing expertise with the success of its extruded stuffed snacks. Photo courtesy of Rivalz Snacks

When Bob and Joe McClure decided to boost production of their McClure’s Pickles brand about seven years ago, they could have gone one of two ways: Contract out the processing, packaging, and distribution of their garlic-and-dill spears, sweet-and-spicy pickles, and other varieties—or keep doing it themselves.

The brothers emphatically decided to do the latter, refurbishing an old car-axle plant on a 2.5-acre site in central Detroit and constructing a 20,000 square-foot packing palace that now tur…

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About the Author

Dale Buss, contributing editor, is an award-winning journalist and book author whose career has included reporting for The Wall Street Journal, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize ([email protected]).