How to Start a Food Business: State-by-State Guide

state by state guide to starting a food business

Do you love to cook? You can make full use of your awesome culinary skills by starting your own food business.

However, it is important to know that the food business is one of the most regulated businesses in the United States. There are a variety of laws specific to each state that govern various aspects of a food business such as:

  • food preparation
  • food safety
  • product packaging and labeling

When you decide to start your own food business, you need to know the rules and regulations in your state on how to operate a food business, including the licenses required (if any) and taxes you need to pay. Your county’s Public Health Department is responsible for regulating food businesses, though the rules may vary from one county to the next. It is important to familiarize yourself with all the rules governing the business.

Another important consideration is whether you can operate your food business from home. Some states allow home-based food production (with stringent rules), while others do not.

We’ve prepared a State-by-State Guide on How to Start a Food Business. Click on the name of your state to learn how to start a food business in your area:




Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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