How to Successfully sell food on Amazon and Make Money: Packaging Requirements

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How to Successfully sell food on Amazon and Make Money: Packaging Requirements



How to Successfully sell food on Amazon

So selling food on Amazon has been an idea of yours but your wondering are certain guidelines for the packaging of food products via selling on Amazon? Well there are a few things to KNOW before you dive into selling food onnAmazon or using the Amazon FBA.

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How to Successfully sell food on Amazon

I have been selling on Amazon for nearly 6 years now and have built a 6 Figure business annually on the platform. My wife and I ru a candy and snack business and have made great sales and even have ( as of today ) best-selling food products in the ri respected categories. But, to be honest, it is NOT easy it takes work, and if the idea of just putting a product online and it will sell itself is NOt how successful eCommerce businesses work. 

So let me explain some of t he packaging rules you need to be aware of.


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Product requirements as per what Amazon requires.

  • Food must be properly prepared, packaged, sealed, and labeled.
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  • You must be licensed, or have approval from the relevant government agency for the products you plan to sell.
  • You must ensure your products and business operations comply with federal and state laws. This includes laws not described in Amazon policies.
  • Sell all Grocery & Gourmet Food products as new. You cannot list used products.
  • Food is viewed as date-sensitive. It must have an expiration date permanently marked on every unit, unless the product is exempt. This includes every unit that is shipped and every unit displayed for sale.
  • Keep the Fulfilment Center (FC) shelf-life details up to date for grocery products. The FC shelf life is the length of time a product is sellable or fit to be eaten.
  • Label in English all products covered by federal, state, and local laws. Must follow all  FDA, and USDA policies and rules and regulations.



  • Enclose and seal food in packaging suitable for shipping. It must keep food from contamination, spoiling, melting, and damage. Keep in mind the use of glass I would recommend when possible stay from the use of glass very fragile as well.
  • You must ship food with enough of its shelf life remaining. You must not remove or alter the expiration date.
  • When you sell products in multi-packs, the expiration date on the multi-pack packaging must match the earliest expiration date of the products inside.
  • You must list Grocery & Gourmet Food products using the manufacturer's UPC code. You can use the Amazon Brand registry for YOUR own brand. I would say apply for this for your product and use their brand registry.



How to Successfully sell food on Amazon

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