Meet the
Fresh Factory TM

A fresh take on scaling food
and beverage brands.

A Platform
for Growth

We're vertically integrated from the farm to the shelf offering formulation, trials, manufacturing, procurement, and distribution services for emerging brands.

Experts in Plant-Based and Clean-Label Products

We're experts on the formulation of plant-based and clean-label products. We've worked with dozens of brands to prepare them for successful launches.

At the Fresh FactoryTM, we’ve built a platform to accelerate the growth of clean-label and plant-based food and beverage brands. We are vertically integrated from the farm to the shelf and offer services above and beyond traditional manufacturing, becoming a trusted growth partner for leading brands. In short, we seek to be a partner, not a vendor.

Pushing the Frontier of Food and Beverage

Commercialization: The Fresh Factory launches dozens of innovative products each year, reinventing how consumers shop and what they eat. We will help you alter the future of food!

Line Trials: When you’re ready to begin production, we can perform full-production trial runs to ensure the product quality is the same for large runs as it was in the kitchen.

Growth Leaders: With multiple production lines filling various packaging formats, we can help you grow your brand into new and diverse opportunities all out of one centralized location.

Integrated from the Farm to the Shelf

Real Food: Fresh pressed cold-pressed juice. Beet hummus. Carrot miso salad dressing. We handle actual produce items and turn them into delicious plant-based foods!

Clean Label: We use novel and innovative processing techniques to allow you to make real food with no artificial colors or preservatives!

Better for You: Whether your brand is keto, paleo, Whole30, organic, or the hottest trend, we will support you to get you to market where you will make an impact.

Focused on Safety and Quality

We are a market leader in food safety with extensive experience handling fresh produce ingredients, as well as products destined for HPP (high-pressure processing). We are proud of our top-rated Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level III certification and routinely work with products certified as gluten-free, kosher, plant-based, non-GMO, and USDA organic. Our facility is based in Carol Stream, Illinois, just west of Chicago and a short drive to many leading distributors. We can service the entire country from this central location.

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A Growing Set of Capabilities

Glass (hot and cold)

Cups (hot and cold)

Plastic (hot and cold)

Canning

Bars

  • Salad dressing
  • Coffee and teas
  • Soups
  • Low- to medium-viscosity beverages
  • Tamper-evident plastic caps
  • Labeled, screen-printed, and shrink-sleeved
  • Dips, spreads, salsa, and hummus
  • Fruit and vegetable slurry/purees
  • Baby foods
  • Soup, salad dressing, and condiments
  • Cold-fill and hot-fill
  • Plastic cup containers ranging from 1 to 16 ounces
  • Labeled, screen-printed, shrink-sleeved, and IML
  • Cold-pressed juices
  • Smoothies
  • Infused waters
  • Low- to medium-viscosity beverages
  • Tamper-evident plastic caps
  • Labeled, screen-printed, and shrink-sleeved
  • Coffee and teas
  • Infused and sparkling waters
  • Retort capabilities
  • Cans ranging from 6 to 12 ounces
  • Protein bars
  • Plant-based bars
  • Desert bars
  • Various sizes

A Partner in Distribution

Assembly, Packing, and Pick-Pack-Ship: Our team can provide assembly, case-packing, and pick-pack-ship services to help you fulfill orders, whether for traditional retail distribution or alternative channels.

Storage and Inventory Management: We provide on-site and off-site storage for ingredients and finished goods, whether dry or refrigerated. We manage thousands of SKUs because every product we make is unique!

Distribution: Whether you have one DC or multiple, our warehouse team can pick orders to ensure that the right product gets to the right location. Various distributors pick up from our facility, making us a convenient consolidation center for emerging brands.

We work with farmers from around the country, from small, local, indoor farms that grow wheatgrass for cold-pressed juice to large farming cooperatives that can provide special varietals and quality ingredients year-round.

Flexible Financing

Terms and Factoring: We can extend terms on receivables typically by setting up lockbox arrangements on purchase orders. We can also introduce companies, depending on their needs, to various financing partners to help with working capital.

Capital Partners: We are in constant collaboration with accelerators, incubators, flavor houses, consultants, and investors in the food and beverage space and are happy to make introductions within our network on an as-needed basis.

Equity Partners: Each year we choose 2-3 companies as equity partners. Equity partnership often involves an investment of services, equipment, and other resources in exchange for equity. 

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Production Facility, Carol Stream, IL
Our manufacturing, food safety, innovation, logistics, finance, and procurement teams all work out of the same facility to ensure optimal communication and execution.

Our Values

 Safety + Quality  It all starts with safety and quality.
 Innovation  We make original and inspiring food.
 Operational Excellence  We want tomorrow to be better than today.
 Integrity  We do what we say.
 Sustainability  It’s about something bigger.

The Fresh Factory TM was structured as a B-Corp from day one. We compost 100% of our waste and buy directly from farmers (often local to us) whenever possible. We take employee development seriously and continue to raise wages year over year. As our values say, it’s about something bigger.

Latest News

April 14, 2021 in Press Release

The Fresh Factory Announces Acquisition of Phyter Food and Expansion into Bars and Snacks

Chicago, Illinois, April 16, 2021 — The Fresh Factory, a leading platform for plant-based and clean-label brands, is excited to announce their acquisition of Phyter Food and expansion into the…
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Ideal Partners

Plant-based: We do not handle or work with meat in any capacity. We have worked with dairy but increasingly help brands eliminate it from their recipes.

Fresh Ingredients and Clean-label: We have deep expertise with fresh ingredients (i.e., produce) and have built out refrigerated production and distribution. The cleaner the ingredient deck, the better, but no worries if not—we’ll help you get it there.

Distribution: We want to see some distribution that shows initial traction and a credible plan to expand across stores and channels.

Well-funded: Building a brand is expensive—we want to partner with entrepreneurs and investors who are in it for the long haul.

Passionate: We look for passionate entrepeneurs with novel products who we’re excited to work alongside.