It’s been a few weeks since my last blog and it’s because I’ve been so busy! Which is great! I’ve been selling at various food markets, with excellent feedback which makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Quite a few people have asked me how you go about setting up as a food business and selling at markets so I thought I’d write a short blog about it.
- Register with the local council. All food businesses must register with their local council before they start trading. If you’re producing in a different area to where you are selling you may need to register with both councils. Your local council website will have all the info you need on this.
- Food Safety. You will need to demonstrate a good understanding of food safety & hygiene, with a level 1 or 2 food safety certificate. There are many places that you can do this online.
- Product Labelling. Make sure all your products meet the food labelling requirements (your local EHO can help with this) and highlight all allergens on the label. Some products may have specific legislation too- in my case the Jam Regulations which specify that fruit & sugar content must be declared.
- Public & Product Liability Insurance. A must for all markets, this covers you in case of accident etc at your stall. You need to show proof of your insurance before you will be allowed to trade at any market. It’s worthwhile seeking out specialist insurance- I got mine through the Guild of Jam makers and it was over 70% cheaper than the quote I received from one of the big insurance companies
Once you have all this then it’s time to start applying for markets! My advice, apply to more than you want to do to start with, many markets are oversubscribed so won’t be able to take you, especially if you are selling a very popular product type. Also look out for local one off markets and street party events- that’s where I started (Balham Ritherdon Road Street Party)- they are generally more open to small local producers which then gives you some market experience to use in applications to the bigger markets. Good luck! Your first sale is a great moment and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
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