Frequently Asked Questions
Quality: Sunleaf prides itself in delivering the finest plant-based ingredients sourced domestically and globally. Our products are all natural and non-GMO, so you can be assured that you’re always getting the best quality from us.
Safety: We know how important safety is in the food industry, so Sunleaf is highly dedicated to food safety and quality assurance. We track our products at every stage of the supply chain, from farmers to packers, to ensure compliance with strict standards. Also, we work with an international third-party auditor that conducts product safety testing.
Sunleaf provides two main services:
- Cold Chain Program. Our Cold Chain Program involves sourcing ingredients from partners, storing them in our warehouses, and shipping them to your location. We’ll help you stay on top of your supply chain needs to ensure you have a steady stream of ingredients to maintain your operations.
- Food Co-packing. We help food businesses find co-packers to package and label their ready to eat (RTE) ingredients or entrees. At Sunleaf, we work with an extensive network of co-packers, so we make sure to choose the perfect fit for your needs.
Sunleaf offers two product brands—World’s Finest and Ready Fix—to ensure that we can cater to all types of customers.
World’s Finest consists of the highest-quality ingredients, which you’ll find in entrees served by the top retailers and restaurants across the country. On the other hand, Ready Fix is targeted for more price-sensitive customers who still want quality ingredients, making it a great value-for-money option.
Sunleaf’s headquarters are located at 26473 Rancho Parkway South Lake Forest in California. On the other hand, our warehouse is in downtown Los Angeles, California.
If you’d like to know more about our services or need any form of assistance, you may contact us at 949-523-2832 or fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you and discuss how we can help with your needs!
Sunleaf works with a range of clients for its services. Specifically, our Cold Chain Program is perfect for industrial food manufacturers, foodservice distributors, and chain restaurants looking for quality plant-based ingredients. Or if you need help finding a co-packer, we’ve got you covered.
Co-packer is short for contract packager, which refers to a food processor that manufactures and packages products for clients. Food production can be time-consuming and costly, so outsourcing to a co-packer allows you to focus more on your product, branding, and marketing to grow your business.
Generally, co-packers are ideal for small food businesses that don’t have manufacturing facilities or can’t manage one themselves. So if you’re thinking of finding a co-packer, here are clear signs that you need one:
- You have a scalable recipe that can be replicated;
- You don’t have the capacity to meet demand;
- You have the capital to cover the investment;
- You have long lead times; or
- You don’t have enough people and equipment.
Sunleaf doesn’t pack products directly, though we do employ IQF techniques to preserve the quality of some ingredients. In terms of packaging, we can connect our clients to a suitable co-packer from our network. We also help co-packers source safe and non-GMO ingredients, so you can trust them to produce top-quality food products for your business.
Co-packers handle the entire food production and packaging process. This means they’ll take charge of cooking, processing, or blending ingredients, along with packaging and labeling them after manufacture.
Food co-packers usually structure their fees in three possible ways:
- Flat Day Rate. This is a fixed fee charged for a full workday of eight hours, allowing the co-packer to produce as many units as they can within their operating times.
- Per Hour Rate. While not too common, some co-packers charge on an hourly basis, with rates ranging from $25 to $80 per hour.
- Per Unit Rate. This structure charges for every unit manufactured and packaged by your co-packer, with average rates of $0.30 to $0.80 per unit
For more information, you can read up on how much co-packers cost here.
We do! For our co-packing service, we essentially serve as the bridge connecting co-packers with food businesses. We also offer co-packers high-quality ingredients that they can use for their client contracts. So if you’re interested in joining our network, you can fill out our Co-Packer MFG form to help us learn more about your manufacturing and packaging capabilities.
Absolutely! Contrary to many assumptions that fresh produce is more nutritious, frozen vegetables are just as healthy as their fresh counterparts. At times, they may even have more nutritional value since they’re frozen right after harvesting to ensure they don’t lose any vitamins during transport.