Useful Links & Resources
Packaging and Labeling:
Starting a Food Business:
“10 Key Ingredients to Launching A Successful Retail Product” Download PDF of presentation
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
Marketing and Branding:
State and Local Resources:
Crop Circle Kitchen – Boston’s Culinary Incubator
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.
Massachusetts Dept of Agriculture – List of Co-packer businesses.
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
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 Label Regulations: Food Labeling Guidance and Regulatory Information.
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