Want to start a food business from Alabama? Well, I'm going to give you some direction and a few tips and pointers as to how to get started doing that right now. If not, if you're already not subscribed to marketing food online, YouTube channel, be sure to subscribe to our channel. We have over 800 videos to help you start your food business. If you're starting from home under the cottage food law, or even a food truck, or want to get a food product into retail stores, check out marketing food online and click the link to go subscribe. Right now, let's get into why Alabama is a great place to start. Number one, you can definitely start a food business from home in Alabama. There are a few restrictions and I'm going to cover a few of those in this blog post right off the bat, you are limited to $20,000 per year when you sell food from home in Alabama, and you must also have a safety training course.
So where exactly can you start selling? Well, you can sell from events. Roadside stands home or farmer's markets. Farmer's markets. Some states only allow sales to state-certified farmer's markets. Different events in certain States may be just fairs and festivals or potentially public events. You can sell products at home and have people pick them up directly from your home, or you can sell to existing roadside stands. And that is a great place to get started and have some experience. There are allowed services like delivery or pickup prohibited places to sell our restaurants and online.
Unfortunately, you can't sell online where you can ship a product through the mail. You can also not resell to restate it. Reset. Retail stores, prohibited services, our catering and wholesale and mail order. You definitely can't ship a product using cottage food laws. So let's cover the allowed foods like breads cakes, muffins, rolls, scones, biscuits, brownies, cookies, Patels, and sweet breads.
You can also do a bunch of different candies. Let me tell you exactly the type of candies that you could sell. Brittle candies, chocolate, candies, fudge, and candies that are made hard like rock candy, dry goods, like herbs and mixes and spices and seasonings are allowed as well. Pastries, other pastries and pies. You can definitely do pies, but you have no feelings or toppings that are required for refrigeration to keep them cool. Can you make preserves? Definitely marmalades and jams and jellies. Uh, but you definitely most fruit-based jams and jellies must not have a certain amount of sugars. What kind of snacks can I make? Chocolate covered items you can do like pretzels and chocolate Oreos. You can create pretzels and granola and nuts and seeds, kettle, corn, and popcorn. Now these are the foods that are prohibited, perishable baked goods, kettlecorn sauces, juices, fruit, butters, pickles, acidic foods, certain meat jerkies like beef or Turkey or not allowed low acidic, canned foods.
They have to be that are actually non potentially hazardous. Those are the types of foods that you can start with. So what are some of the limitations? What are some of the things that you can not have? The state of Alabama's cottage, food law, restricts pets from being in the area of food production. It must also be in your home, your specifically primary residence, direct sales only, which means you have to deliver them directly to your customer. Another thing that's prohibited is sampling and you can't also also use commercial equipment within your home to produce a product. Now I highly recommend you do incorporate yourself and get yourself an LLC. You can click here to find out more about an LLC. Now also food business insurance is really important. There's a program called the flip program, which would allow you to get a commercially licensed and insured business policy for your food business, for your cottage food business. Check out the flip program here.
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