Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Grown Symposium Cooks Up Information for Entrepreneurs Starting Cottage Food Businesses

ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 23) – Want to turn your baking skills into a business? Been thinking that Grandma’s great jelly recipe would make a nice second income? Now may be the time to release your inner foodie.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has updated the state’s cottage food rules and regulations that allow individuals to manufacture certain types of foods in a home kitchen. Next month’s two-day symposium, “Growing Your Business with Georgia Grown,” Nov. 8-9 in Macon, offers resources for people in, or wanting to launch, careers in the business of food, fiber and fuel. The symposium is part of the state’s award-winning Georgia Grown marketing program linking producers and consumers.

“The Georgia Department of Agriculture likes being in the business of helping Georgians be in business,” said Commissioner Gary W. Black. “With an increasing demand for local foods and interaction between producer and consumer, more cottage food businesses are finding success. Updates to the state’s regulations in September have helped make it easier for Georgia producers to become licensed and make their products available to consumers.”

For people considering a start-up business in Georgia’s growing cottage foods industry, specific types of foods falling into this category can include breads, cakes, pastries, jams and jellies, dried fruits, dry herbs/seasonings, cereals and trail mix, coated/uncoated nuts, vinegar, popcorn balls and cotton candy, plus others. The Department’s Food Safety Division Director Oscar Garrison will be presenting on the topic of Georgia’s cottage foods industry during the symposium.

The 2012 symposium at the Macon Marriott is open to anyone – both Georgia Grown members and non-members. Registration is required to attend; the deadline is this Friday, Oct. 26. To register and learn more about all the expert speakers and topics that will be covered during the symposium, please visit

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