Useful Links & Resources

Packaging and Labeling:

Basic Facts About Trademarks

FDA Food Labeling Guide

FDA Nutrition Labeling Overview

Industry Connections:

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT)

The Fancy Food Show

National Confections Association

Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)

Starting a Food Business:

“10 Key Ingredients to Launching A Successful Retail Product” Download PDF of presentation

FDA Food Safety Guidelines

Massachusetts Food Processors Resource Manual  – Mass Dept of Agricultural Resources

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources promotes a collaboratively developed site promoting web-based resources for starting out.  Online Support for New England Food Entrepreneurs

NH Specialty Food Producers Handbook and Resource Guide

Small Business Guide to FDA

US Small Business Administration Start-Up Information


Marketing and Branding:

Mapping Out a Growth Plan for Your Business and the Role of Exporting

Direct Marketing Guide

The Food Marketing Institute


State and Local Resources:

Mass Department of Agricultural Resources

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Center for Women & Enterprise

Crop Circle Kitchen – Boston’s Culinary Incubator

Dartmouth Kitchen Grange 

The Western Mass. Food Processing Center

Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship – Cornell University Food Science /NYSAES, West New North Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Food Industry Expo – Contacts and assistance regarding Ingredients, technical information on production, food scientists, suppliers:  Northeast Institute of Food Technology.  Excellent free trade show with opportunities to meet with food scientist suppliers and attend seminars: Usually held in May, Worcester’s DCU Center, Worcester.

Mass Association of Community Development Corporations 

Massachusetts Dept of Agriculture – List of Co-packer businesses.


Food Safety:

Info on aspects of food safety, training and education from the MA Partnership for Food Safety



Choosing and Using a Co-Packer – Published by N.C. State Dept of Food Science

Specialty Food Association Co-Packer List

Specialty Food Co-Packers Co-Packer List

Managing Co-Packers – a chapter from the Natural Products Field Manual, produced by Bob Burke, Natural Products Consulting.

Massachusetts Dept of Agriculture – List of Co-packer businesses.

Board member, Sarah Kline of the Blackbird Pie Company, has offered to give advice and consulting about co-packing which is something she has a great deal of knowledge about.

Federal and State Regulations:

FDA Guidelines for legal health claims

FDA label regulations/samples

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA Label Regulations: Food Labeling Guidance and Regulatory Information.

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA)

Application for initial licensure for food processing and/or distribution at wholesale

Massachusetts minimum requirements for packaged food labeling

Notice to applicants for a license to manufacture and/or distribute fod at wholesale from a residential kitchen

Mass Dept of Environmental Health – Residential Kitchens Questions and Answers