Let’s get to the basics of creating a food label. As a food entrepreneur, you will follow the labeling rules and regulations for your Cottage Food state.
Below are two sample labels. One uses a processed product, like cake mix and the other is a scratch-made cake. When printing your labels, you may use a personal computer or professional printing vendor. Consider using water-proof labels so the ink does not run when it comes in contact with water (rain). Use labels that affix easily to the package of the product.
LABEL #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.
Simple Cakes & Cookies
7890 My Cake Avenue
Sneedville, NC 27999
Net Weight: 23 ounces / 652 grams
LABEL #2 – SCRATCH PRODUCT
Review the label 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.
MADE IN A HOME KITCHEN
Permit #: 12345
Issued in your County: County name
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans
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)
Learn more about “contains allergens” statements.