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Alabama Small Business Development Center Network

Starting a Cottage Food Business in Alabama [10/11/2022 11:00]

Do you love to bake and want to learn how to turn your hobby into a business?  Join the UAH SBDC and the Alabama Extension Cooperative System (ACES) and local cottage bakers to learn what you need to do to get started. Including how to form an LLC, business licenses, sales taxes, and an in-depth discussion about the recently updated Cottage Food Law. 

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and was revised in 2021. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. The new law defines a cottage food as a non-potentially hazardous food that has been prepared in a person’s home that does not require time and temperature control for safety. The law excludes products that use meat, poultry, or fish.

Foods that can be sold directly to the consumer:

  • Candies
  • Jams, jellies, fruit preserves, marmalade
  • Dried herbs and herb mixes made from commercially prepared ingredients
  • Baked goods: cakes, cookies, glazed pastries, danish pastries, doughnuts, breads, pies, cheese straws
  • Candied or roasted nuts
  • Popcorn (candied, coated, flavored)
  • Spices (nonhazardous and considered generally recognized as safe or GRAS by the US Food and Drug Administration)
  • Roasted coffee
  • Dried baking mixes
  • Chocolate or caramel-covered fruit

NOTE: A zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.  

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