Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Louisiana
Hi everyone. I’m looking into all aspects of starting a CFO. I am planning on staying small (no wedding cakes, lol). Did catering for a bunch of years, had to retire for medical reasons. Looking into the CFO option to stay dabbling in an industry i enjoy.
The cottage food law covers spices and seasonings, so yes, you can make those, and yes, you would be limited to less than $20,000 of sales. You need to get a sales tax certificate.
It’s worded in a confusing way, but basically, the bill language means that if you make “$20,000 or more”, then the cottage food law exemption no longer applies to…[Read more]
Hi everyone! Im So new to the business game. I’d like to know first, can I sell fudge and butter at our farmers market in Benton, LA and second, what official documents do I need? Thank you.
You should be able to sell fudge, but I don’t think you can sell butter. I know that you need to get a sales tax certificate, but beyond that, you’ll need to speak with your parish about what it takes to start a business. http://forrager.com/faq/#starting
Yes, the only way is by using a commercial kitchen. You might be able to make meals in your home if you build a separate commercial kitchen in it. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
My recommendation is to simply not put nutrition info on labels, and this is what the vast majority of CFOs do. Most small businesses are automatically exempt from needing to include a nutrition facts panel.
Using a nutrition facts calculator is a good way to estimate the nutrition info in an item, but it will always be an approximation until you…[Read more]
Hey fellow entrepreneurs!
I’m curious about how you handled nutrition facts and labeling. I was able to understand the requirements of nutritional facts and listing the ingredients, but I am concerned about the accuracy of the nutrition facts. For one, it is very difficult to create perfectly equal sized energy bars and the only regulation is…[Read more]
I live in St. Mary Parish and I had to pretty much explain to the sales tax office what the Cottage Food Law was and where they could find the information on the law in order for me to get my sales tax certificate and occupational license. The lady in the office was nice enough to let me know that I could go online and file for my state…[Read more]
I am trying to figure out what permits I am required to have to operate out of my home. The DHH doesn’t have a very good contact page. But from what I can understand, I just need a sales tax certification and to register my product(s). Is that correct? Are there any other permits you can think of? I sell fruit and nut energy bars.
Thanks so much John… you’re completely right, and I should have double-checked the law. I see that my initial comment was posted before the most recent amendment.
For anyone stumbling upon this thread, it’s worth noting that canned goods need to meet certain requirements, so not all BBQ or marinara sauce recipes would be allowed. You should…[Read more]
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