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Old 10-12-2021, 05:24 PM   #1
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I have been perfecting my recipe for a long time, and I've also been figuring out the process of safely getting it into bottles and onto store shelves. A lot of people are curious about the process and I am planning to post all of the steps I will have gone through when it's done. But before I can go further I'm up against an issue, and I have a question for the board . . .

I have contacted multiple copackers and shared kitchens, all of whom say (in effect), "we'd love to help you but we're slammed right now, and we don't anticipate that we'll be available until after the first of the year".

If I strike out with the copacking and shared kitchen options, is it viable to use another facility? I've heard that larger churches and similar community facilities have kitchens that can be used for bottling, but 1) I don't know this firsthand, and 2) I'm not 100% certain of the requirements to use one. If I'm not mistaken, I can submit a request to use a specific facility to the GA Dept. of Agriculture and they'll inspect it. I *think* this is required and that a county health department inspection is not sufficient. Do any of you know if this is a realistic option? I realize it's a lot more work but my project is in its infancy, so I'm hoping to bottle some sauce & get it in people's hands while I figure out how to bottle larger batches if and when the need arises.

Any help y'all can offer would be much appreciated!
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Old 10-13-2021, 02:01 AM   #2
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I have been perfecting my recipe for a long time, and I've also been figuring out the process of safely getting it into bottles and onto store shelves. A lot of people are curious about the process and I am planning to post all of the steps I will have gone through when it's done. But before I can go further I'm up against an issue, and I have a question for the board . . .

I have contacted multiple copackers and shared kitchens, all of whom say (in effect), "we'd love to help you but we're slammed right now, and we don't anticipate that we'll be available until after the first of the year".

If I strike out with the copacking and shared kitchen options, is it viable to use another facility? I've heard that larger churches and similar community facilities have kitchens that can be used for bottling, but 1) I don't know this firsthand, and 2) I'm not 100% certain of the requirements to use one. If I'm not mistaken, I can submit a request to use a specific facility to the GA Dept. of Agriculture and they'll inspect it. I *think* this is required and that a county health department inspection is not sufficient. Do any of you know if this is a realistic option? I realize it's a lot more work but my project is in its infancy, so I'm hoping to bottle some sauce & get it in people's hands while I figure out how to bottle larger batches if and when the need arises.

Any help y'all can offer would be much appreciated!


I have flagged your post to be moved to the section that you should get help in
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:07 AM   #3
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Hey Richard, the only suggestion I would have for you is to contact your county extension office, because they have a ton of information available concerning anyone that wants to start some kind of agricultural business, and since yours may qualify, they may be able to steal you in the right direction. A lot of people like to grow vegetables and fruits and can them and sell at local farmers markets, and I'm sure that would probably fall under the same guidelines as what you're looking for.
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Old 10-13-2021, 04:22 PM   #4
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A little progress report: Contact info is obsolete for many of the shared kitchens listed by the GA Dept. of Ag, or those kitchens are no longer in business. I ended up getting an answer the old fashioned way--by dialing phone numbers until someone answered, asking questions, and repeating the process. Eventually I found a number which was answered by a very helpful human being and he gave me the information I needed. The icing on the cake is that the facility is one of the closest ones to my home. Previous attempts to contact them were unsuccessful, but the 3rd or 4th try worked out.
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Old 10-13-2021, 05:39 PM   #5
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Great! I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress and success.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:31 PM   #6
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Hey Richard, the only suggestion I would have for you is to contact your county extension office, because they have a ton of information available concerning anyone that wants to start some kind of agricultural business, and since yours may qualify, they may be able to steal you in the right direction. A lot of people like to grow vegetables and fruits and can them and sell at local farmers markets, and I'm sure that would probably fall under the same guidelines as what you're looking for.
They can actually be drastically different, depending on the city/county/state. When I looked into wanting to sell at the farmers market in MO, I was told I had to do the whole kitchen permit, inspection process (which I did) There are many people at the same market that make and sell things that they make at home (jams, cookies, breads, cakes, way too sweet macarons with a side of arrogance) and are not required to go through any of those steps. Something like a sauce would be required.

It sounds like OP is on the right path, so that's great ( = And good luck! My only advice is look at when permits are up for renewal. Locally the health permit expires on New Years, so getting one this time of year would be throwing money away, in my case.
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:12 PM   #7
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Good luck. Will be following to see your progress!
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