Once you hit the limits of your cottage food law, it’s time to consider going commercial. When should you make the leap, how do you find a commercial kitchen, and what else do you need to know? Learn from others about moving beyond your home kitchen.
Angela, I’m sure your mom’s pimento cheese mix is amazing. However, I’m going to be straight up with you… if you or a family member is not willing to market the product, then it’s probably not going to get off the ground. Making amazing products is fairly easy; selling them is very hard — it took me years to learn this. Even Coca Cola still…[Read more]
David Crabill replied to the topic Anybody know of a good copacker that they can recommend for a dog treat company? in the forum Commercial 2 years, 2 months ago
John, could you provide some references to back up your claim? It’s not about the requirements being “more” or “less” — it’s just that the requirements are different because they’re managed by a different dept. I wouldn’t be surprised if some states allow homemade pet food, but I haven’t yet confirmed that any do. Many states require animal feed…[Read more]
David Crabill replied to the topic researching for start up business- hot prepared food question in the forum Commercial 2 years, 4 months ago
As long as you’re using a commercial kitchen, then you should be able to do this with the proper licenses. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
David replied to the topic researching for start up business- hot prepared food question in the forum Commercial 2 years, 7 months ago
1) I don’t think customers can pick it up from your home. Probably the best thing would be to deliver the items.
2) It would depend on your local zoning laws, since that might increase foot and car traffic in a residential area. Since I just focus on the cottage food laws, I haven’t really tracked resources for commercial food businesses, but the…[Read more]
David replied to the topic researching for start up business- hot prepared food question in the forum Commercial 3 years, 1 month ago
No, you can only sell food from your home if your cottage food law allows it. A few states do allow CFOs to use commercial kitchens if they want to, but the items you can sell from home would still be limited to those your cottage food law allows.
James Nguyen started the topic How large is the cottage foods community in the US? in the forum Commercial 3 years, 2 months ago
I was doing some research and one of the questions I wanted get an answer for was if anyone knew or if there have been any studies done on how many households participate in cottage foods production and sales?
I think this prompt asks some important questions. If you want to scale your business, when should you make the leap? What is the process for looking for commercial kitchen space? What questions do you ask to find the right space?
Actually someone just asked about this in the CA group: http://forrager.com/groups/california/forum/topic/commercial-kitchen/
I know that for some food businesses, scaling to commercial was exactly the right thing for them. A commercial kitchen is a much more professional environment to be working in and can make things easier. However, sometimes…[Read more]
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