During tough economic times, the entrepreneurship spirit emerges as a possible strategy to make ends meet. Many people turn to their family recipes and food preparation interest, wanting to develop a food product to sell or a start a small, food business.
At the University of Georgia, the Food Science department helps those wanting to market and sell food products. It is the primary source for information about how to start a food business in Georgia including the state rules and regulations, and the only campus source for actual product testing to meet Department of Agriculture requirements. If people have been told (usually by the Georgia Department of Agriculture) that they need to take a class in order to sell canned food in Georgia, they are most likely talking about the “Better Process Control School”, which is offered by Food Science Extension.
In conjunction with the UGA Center for Agriculture and Economic Development, Food Science also offers a one-day seminar on “Starting A Food Business in Georgia”. This seminar gives participants a good background on the federal and state regulations for operating a food business, ways to determine the feasibility of starting a food business and how much it will cost; and an opportunity to talk with other specialty food business entrepreneurs. There is a link to more information about this seminar at the Starting A Food Business Website.
You will see a link to the training calendar, a long list of services offered, some of the regulatory requirements from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the federal government. From the homepage, there are also quick links to Process Approval and Nutrition Facts Panel help as well as other industry related sections of their programming.
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