Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Georgia
The ag dept is responsible for enforcing the cottage food law, so if they don’t know, then I sure don’t. You basically need to find out if they will allow you to make food with alcohol in it, and if so, do you need to get an alcohol license? You can also try contacting the Alcohol Division to see if they know.
I live in Warner Robins, Ga, I have a cat and want to start a cottage food business selling cakes, cookies and candies. Is having a cat a problem or do I just need to close off my kitchen so she can’t come in when I am making cakes? I am thinking of putting in doors to both entryways into my kitchen, so she cannot enter anymore at all. That is…[Read more]
You need to make sure the cat isn’t in your kitchen while you’re preparing food for your business. I’m not sure if the inspector will ask you to demonstrate how you will keep your cat from accessing your kitchen, but simply putting it outside or in a room while making your items would probably suffice. Taking extra measures, like installing doors,…[Read more]
Although cottage food operations cannot sell items that require refrigeration, I believe that almost any gluten item that would be allowed under the law would also be allowed if produced gluten-free. Gluten-free items may not have as long of a shelf life and refrigerating them may help preserve them, but they probably wouldn’t become potentially…[Read more]
I’d recommend a sole-proprietorship. Please see here: http://forrager.com/groups/california/forum/topic/can-you-expand-answer-on-llc/
Yes, that’s correct. Generally, starting a cottage food operation is the cheapest way possible for you to start a food business legally. In terms of the last question, you might want to check out the book “Cooking Up A Business”, by Rachel Hofstetter: http://bestmomproducts.com/top-3-foodie-entrepreneur-tips/
Am I understanding GA rules correctly? we can sell via internet but not to buyers outside of GA?
Anyone have any suggestions to get help with starting up in business in the cheapest ways possible? I am good with the product. I’m not so sure about pricing my product and marketing.
In Georgia, it’s fine if you produce your own tea from dried herbs (you can dry them yourself), and it’s also okay if you start with commercial bulk tea as a base. If you’re just reselling commercial tea in smaller amounts (reselling individual unopened packets), you may not need to register as a cottage food operation. You can ask your ag dept if…[Read more]
Erin, as you deduced, this would be classified as an indirect sale. I understand your desire to support the business, but the intention of the law is that the end-consumer would meet the producer. I’d imagine that this wouldn’t be the case with your gift boxes. Best of luck!