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Old 23.08.2020, 11:34
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Selling a food product - Where to start?

Hi everyone!

Its me bothering again ... So, with all this corona and spending a lot of time at home I have came up with a special recipe that i believe it could be a hit on the Swiss market... So... My potential steps were/are:
  1. Learn how to make this food product
  2. Get the best quality
  3. Find out all the legalities of selling food?
  4. Start """mass""" production - 100 or 200 of this product to start...
  5. Start selling it
  6. Grow...

Now, step 1 and 2 are pretty much done, i got the recipe pretty good and will test it with family and friends, already test it at work and people love it...

So, now comes the land of the unknown - at least for me... - the Legality and production of the product.

I have seen that at my town bakery they are selling homemade things like sandwiches, desserts, etc. even homemade Nutella with almost none branding on the flask... So, can I do that? Just like that? I kind of feel that the right thing to do would be to have some sort of approved kitchen to cook, which comes to my second hunch, there might be some kitchens - because i believe i saw a couple ones in Basel - that you can somehow rent it to cook your batches of food... Please correct me if I'm wrong...

Now, the other "problem", well, lets just call it "Question" comes to legal, sales and taxes, here I'm a bit lost... by reading some previous posts if you make less than 100.000 there is no need to go fully legal (?), also I currently have a full time job, so all this would be done during my free time...

In terms of Sales channels I guess Facebook Market, Instagram, having an eShop and trying some local shops (probably not Migros or Coop as I would be an ant to all the products that they currently sell...) would be a good approach?

As usual, thanks in advance for all the help
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Old 23.08.2020, 12:12
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Re: Selling a food product - Where to start?

Consider searching on "lebensmittel herstellen und verkaufen schweiz".

This is from a Ct. Lucerne website:

Q: I want to make food at home and then sell it. What do I have to consider?

A: As soon as you prepare food in your private rooms and want to sell it regularly to third parties, you should start a food business. This is subject to the Food Act. Your production facilities must then meet the requirements for commercial operations. In particular, the private production and storage rooms must be separated from the rooms in which the food is produced for distribution to third parties.

As a food business, you are obliged to register and are subject to food control. It is advantageous to contact our food inspectors before you start production.

https://lebensmittelkontrolle.lu.ch/...n/lebensmittel
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Re: Selling a food product - Where to start?

Reading the post above... many a sunny evening I made a little evening trip with the motorbike across the Albis. More often than not there was a lady on top of said Albis selling pesto and chutney out of her car boot. I cannot imagine this being legal then ? What about farmers having sussmost out by the road on a little table ?

OP, up there is also a little shop selling local made farm product... dont know if your concoction falls under this header but you could try to get the proprietor interested ?
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dont know if your concoction falls under this header but you could try to get the proprietor interested ?
Hey, thanks for the answer! you mean that they could produce it?

As I have mentioned before the coolest thing could be to rent for some hours or days a kitchen where i can cook and that the kitchen happen to be approved for cooking
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Consider searching on "lebensmittel herstellen und verkaufen schweiz".

This is from a Ct. Lucerne website:

Q: I want to make food at home and then sell it. What do I have to consider?

A: As soon as you prepare food in your private rooms and want to sell it regularly to third parties, you should start a food business. This is subject to the Food Act. Your production facilities must then meet the requirements for commercial operations. In particular, the private production and storage rooms must be separated from the rooms in which the food is produced for distribution to third parties.

As a food business, you are obliged to register and are subject to food control. It is advantageous to contact our food inspectors before you start production.

https://lebensmittelkontrolle.lu.ch/...n/lebensmittel
Fantastic! I just found the same for St. Gallen https://www.sg.ch/gesundheit-soziale...ensmittel.html and just drop them an email

Thanks!!!
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Re: Selling a food product - Where to start?

Would someone be interested in joining me in this venture?

I need someone who ideally:
- Speaks German
- Have experience with Sales / Marketing
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