Let’s get to the great food label examples. As a food entrepreneur, you will follow the labeling rules and regulations for your Cottage Food state.

All Cottage Food states require food labels. Unfortunately, they are not all the same. The list of ingredient is required on all labels, but some require that the food manufacturer indicate they are a home-based food business. The product label is placed across the front of the product and the ingredient label across the back of the product (unless otherwise directed).

It is not wise to place a label under the product so the customer must turn the product upside-down in order to read it. You may also use one large label to display both the product and ingredient information.

Visit the Cottage Food map, locate your state and review the labeling requirement for your state or county. Allergen statements are also not mandatory for all states.

There are eight foods, and ingredients defined as major food allergens. These foods account for 90 percent of all food allergies:

  • milk
  • egg
  • fish, such as bass, flounder, or cod
  • crustacean shellfish, such as crab, lobster, or shrimp
  • tree nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts
  • wheat
  • peanuts
  • soybeans

Below are two sample labels. One uses a processed product, like cake mix and the other is a scratch-made cake. Use water-proof labels, use a personal computer or professional printing vendor. Waterproofing assures the ink will not bleed over the packaging and can affix easily to the product package.

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labelMany cottage food operators have opted to use stamps with their logo.

Food Label Examples #1 – COMMERCIAL MIX

Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix Ingredients: Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Propylene Glycol Mono- and Diesters of Fats, Mono- and Diglycerides), Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Contains 2% or Less of: Wheat Starch, Salt, Dextrose, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Cellulose Gum, Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Colored with (Yellow 5 Lake, Red 40 Lake).

Duncan Hines Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients: Sugar, vegetable oil shortening (partially hydrogenated soy-mean and cottonseed oils, mono- and diglycerides, polysorbate 60, water, corn syrup, contains 2% or less of corn starch, salt, colored with (titanium dioxide, yellow 5, red 40, preservative (potassium sorbate), natural and artificial flavors, lactic acid, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium citrate, citric acid.

If you were to add anything extra to the cake mix, add the ingredients after the ingredient mix listing. You would do the same if you add something to the frosting.

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Made by:
Simple Cakes & Cookies
7890 My Cake Avenue
Sneedville, NC 27999
Net Weight: 23 ounces / 652 grams

Food Label Examples #2 – SCRATCH PRODUCT

Review the information below for the Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans. Some cottage food laws require you place “Made in a Home Kitchen” on the product label. You may also be asked to post any Permit numbers on your label. This is not required by all Cottage Food Laws, so always check the cottage food requirements in your state.

Permit #: 12345
Issued in your County: County name
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans
Sally Baker
123 Cottage Food Lane
Anywhere, CA 90XXX

Ingredients: Enriched flour (Wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid), butter (cream, salt), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, butterfat (milk), pecans, sugar, eggs, salt, pure vanilla bean extractives in water and alcohol, baking soda.
Contains: Wheat, eggs, milk, soy, walnuts
Net Wt. 3 oz. (85.049g)

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