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Small-Scale Production of Acidified Canned Food

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Congratulations! You've got a good idea for a specialty food product and now you are ready to take the next step. Whether you manufacture jams and jellies, baked goods, dried herbs, cheese, or processed meats, it's important that food produced and sold is safe to eat.

A license is required to manufacture and sell most kinds of food, not just canned food. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) issues licenses for food production in Wisconsin.  Your first step in manufacturing safe, healthy food for sale should be contacting WDATCP with your business idea, or find information online: Starting a Food Business. 

If you are manufacturing acidified canned foods such as salsa or pickles, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will help ensure that your products are safe and meet regulatory requirements.

NEW Training: Direct Marketing of Specialty Food Products Online

In this online training, small business owners tell their story of building an online presence and the positive impact it has on sales.

Packaging Companies

*Note: See the Business entries in the A-Z index for fact sheets on scaling-up manufacture of jellies, choosing small-scale food processing equipment, and more.