Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Colorado
Katherine, I also recommend thoroughly reading the Colorado law page, but the short answer is “no”, you do not need a license from the health dept, though you may need other licenses to start your business. http://forrager.com/faq/#starting
If I use cake flour in a recipe, do I just need to list “Cake Flour” or do I need to list the ingredients that are IN cake flour, that they have listed on the cake flour box; WHEAT FLOUR BLEACHED, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID
The law says that only direct sales are allowed, which I take to mean that the producer needs to hand the product to the consumer. It may be okay for a family member to deliver the product, but maybe not. The upcoming amendment specifies that an LLC can have no more than two owners, and in that case, I would think that either owner could deliver…[Read more]
Thanks so much for the update! It appears that the bill was amended before it got passed. The final version increases the sales limit to $10,000 per product and does not allow small businesses to resell cottage food products. It allows CFOs to become LLCs and it removes unnecessary language about what “direct sales” means. The final version:…[Read more]
This bill was signed on 5/1/15 by Governor Hickenlooper. Here’s a link http://www.legispeak.com/bill/2015/sb15-085. The basics are gross sales from an eligible product went from $5000 to $20000 and it also says CFOs can sell to small businesses as well. I guess other changes could be made before Aug 5, 2015 when its supposed to go into effect.
You can only sell to customers in CO, but you can’t ship to anyone. However, you can sell online, with local fulfillment. Many CFOs run successful businesses with this local approach, without needing farmers markets. However, it may take more marketing effort and outreach on your part.
Hi, I want to clarify about having a website…if there’s something on the website that says we can only sell and ship to customers within Colorado is that allowed? I know nothing about marketing so I’m not sure how to go about advertising about our products. Farmers markets in Colorado are over by October.
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