The spirit of American entrepreneurship is alive and well in the cottage food industry, a unique space in which people prepare goods in their homes for sale. You’ve probably encountered a cottage food operator selling jam at your local farmer’s market or home-baked bread at the neighborhood grocery store. Selling jam seems fairly straightforward, but cottage food operators face a complex regulatory climate with many requirements that limit their ability to do business.
Argive spoke to 47 cottage food operators in California and identified three common regulatory concerns.
Check out our blog post on the results and download the full set of comments below.
"I understand why it's important to have some method of contact/verification on the label, but I don't want a bunch of random people having my home address."
- CFO from Los Angeles
In Santa Barbara at least, the process of applying for a Class A cottage food operator license was super easy. It took about 10 minutes online.
- CFO from Santa Barbara