Food Business Resources

Typically a value-added food or drink business falls into one or two categories. Click on each category to learn more about the requirements, recommendations and additional resources.

Not sure which license(s) you need?  Click here for a flow chart

Cottage Food Act

If you to start a food or drink business directly to a customer (farmers market, delivery, e-commerce) with no licensing requirements.  Colorado Cottage Food Act allows producers to make in their home and sell certain shelf-stable foods directly to the customer within the state of Colorado.

Wholesale

If you want to sell your food or drink products to a business to sell for you (coffee shop, grocery store, etc.), you need a Wholesale License issued by the Colorado Department for Public Health & Environment (CDPHE).

You can continue to sell direct to consumer (DTC) with this license UNLESS your product is considered potentially hazardous, then you will also need a Retail Food Establishment License.

Retail

If your product does not fall under Cottage Food Act or you want to open a store front to sell your product, you will need a Retail Food Establishment License from your county’s health department.

Retail (mobile)

If your product does not fall under Cottage Food Act or you want to operate a food truck or cart (a mobile unit of some kind) Mobile Food Establishment License from your county’s health department.

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Get Inspired

It is easy to become overwhelmed with your food business and become so focused on next step that you lose sight of why you decided to do this crazy thing called being an entrepreneur.

It is so important to take the time to remember why you started in the first place, see the forest from the trees and become connected with others doing this same hard thing, well.

This is my collection of podcasts and blogs I love to learn from and stay current on the industry.

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