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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Cottage Foods

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(850) 245-5520

Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Section: 500.80

Federal Regulations
2009 Food Code

Florida law allows individuals to use their unlicensed home kitchens to produce for sale certain foods that present a low risk of foodborne illness. Cottage food operators can produce and sell these products directly to consumers without obtaining a food permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually.

Approved Cottage Food Products

  • Loaf breads, rolls, biscuits
  • Cakes, pastries and cookies
  • Candies and confections
  • Honey
  • Jams, jellies and preserves
  • Fruit pies and dried fruits
  • Dry herbs, seasonings and mixtures
  • Homemade pasta
  • Cereals, trail mixes and granola
  • Coated or uncoated nuts
  • Vinegar and flavored vinegars
  • Popcorn and popcorn balls

Cottage Food Law Basics

  • Cottage food operators can sell cottage foods only within the state of Florida and not across state lines. 
  • Cottage food operators may sell cottage food products on their website, but the products are prohibited to be delivered by mail order.
  • Cottage food products must be delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event such as a wedding or birthday party.
  • Cottage food products cannot be sold wholesale. 
  • Cottage foods must be properly packaged and labeled. Cottage food operators can serve free samples for tasting, but the samples must be prepackaged. 
  • A cottage food operation must comply with all applicable county and municipal laws and ordinances regulating the preparation, processing, storage and sale of cottage food products.