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Who We Are

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A Letter from Our President

SOPAKCO is proud to be a world leader in the design, processing, and packaging of shelf-stable, ready-to-eat meals. Our financial strength and stability stems from our longstanding relationship with the U.S. government. We’ve leveraged our knowledge and experience from our military meals and have applied it to our retail customers, providing them with turnkey food processing solutions.


I’ve had the great pleasure of serving as SOPAKCO’s president for more than 20 years. Over the years, our company has grown to build relationships with major national and international brands, we’ve emphasized the importance of quality products and superb customer relations, and we’ve improved our processes to foster advancements in food processing technology. I invite you to read through our website to learn more about SOPAKCO’s capabilities and processes. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about how SOPAKCO can help grow your brand!


Lonnie F. Thompson

  • Our History

    Our History

    In 1943, SOPAKCO was founded out of the need for military food rations. 80 years later, our company has thrived, remaining one of the top providers of MREs (meals ready-to-eat) to the U.S. Military. In addition to emergency meal rations, SOPAKCO has evolved to become a cutting-edge food processing and food packaging supplier for major national and international brands. And we’re ready to partner with you to bring your ideas to life.

  • What We Do

    What We Do

    A top-rated co-packer and expert in retort processing, SOPAKCO provides prepared food solutions to some of the world’s most recognized brands.


    We partner with our customers to deliver food processing solutions from start to finish, whether you’re looking for toll manufacturing or a complete turnkey process. Our products and capabilities include retort and hot-fill packaging innovations, as well as frozen capabilities. Our R&D team offers expertise and experience to bring your vision to life deliciously. Working with our customers, we create products that redefine convenience, create new high-growth categories, and win customers with our ready-to-go “Simple Meals” solutions.

  • How We Do It

    How We Do It

    Headquartered in Mullins, South Carolina, SOPAKCO is a world leader in processed foods using traditional and emerging food packaging solution technologies. We operate three U.S. facilities, including our newest location, a multi-million-dollar R&D and production operation with hot-fill and retort fitment pouch; heat-and-serve bowls, trays, and cups; and frozen single serve and institutional food capabilities.


    Our financial strength combined with industry knowledge and expertise allows us to produce high-quality products that meet any need. We invest in new, innovative food processing technologies that help us pursue process improvements and deliver overall best quality meal solutions. In fact, we are willing and able to make the necessary financial investments in modern technologies to expand our capabilities with innovative food concepts, provide our customers with enhanced product quality, and offer cutting-edge concepts within the marketplace.

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