There are all kinds of options when it comes to going into the business of food. You can start a cottage food industry, which often doesn’t need any kind of licensing to run, and allows you tell sell items from home or at places like farmer’s markets. Most cottage food businesses cannot sell online, and there are certain foods you can’t sell, like meat.
Maybe you want something bigger and want to start a bakery, deli, or maybe a restaurant. These take a little more work and a lot more planning. You’ll need licensing and more in order to have a business that can make money and be safe for consumers.
Start By Knowing The Laws And Rules
When it comes to the food industry, even selling items at a bake sale in schools, you need to know the rules. That means taking some time to look into them before you try to sell anything. You need to know what needs to go on labels, the laws for what can’t be sold in certain places, and what type of packaging needs to be used. This is both for cottage industry food making and if you want something bigger.
If you’re considering setting up a shop, or maybe you want to sell your snacks online, you will want to take some time to learn about the licensing needed for these. You’ll also need to write up a business plan, which should include what kind of space your business will need, from a kiosk in the mall to a full sized restaurant building.
Your business may also need insurance, so make sure you look into that when you are getting things set up. Some rules and laws will vary from state to state, and from country to country. When it comes to food businesses though you always need to ensure you are protected when it comes to food poisoning or food allergens.
Know Common Allergens
These days there are many allergies to take into account when it comes to making food, along with other issues like Celiac disease and lactose intolerance. Knowing which foods and ingredients may be allergens is important, and so is reading the ingredients on all of the products you use in your baking and creating of foods that may be eaten by people with these allergies.
It’s not OK to simply write gluten free on a package if the ingredients may have been processed in a facility with wheat, rye, or barley. Make sure to specify this, since people with a serious allergy or with Celiac disease could be severely affected by even the smallest amount of cross contamination.
To have a successful food business you need to not only put love and care into the foods you are creating, but you also need to care about the people that will be eating them.