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"Made in a Home Kitchen" Label

Do you need a “made in a home kitchen” label for your cakes, baked goods or other homemade foods for sale? In most states, there are laws that provide guidance and direction to entrepreneurs operating out of their home kitchens. Most states require labels for baking ingredients and other information about the food you sell.

Below, you’ll find a cottage food label template to inspire you to come up with a unique design that best represents your product.

It’s important to understand the cottage food labeling laws in your state. In the example below, we’ll explore what you have to do to satisfy cottage food label laws in Florida. Keep in mind that you can search online for a printable cottage food label template you like — as long as you understand and comply with your state’s laws.

Florida Cottage Food Label Template

Florida’s cottage food laws include labeling requirements for cottage food products. When searching for a free cottage food label template online, ensure that it meets the requirements for home kitchen food labeling in the Sunshine state.

First, you need a cottage food label example to affix to your products with the following information printed in English:

Print the label in 10-point font or higher for easy reading and print in a color distinct from the background. For example, you can use black text against a white background.

Include the following label on your food items: “Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Florida’s food safety regulations.”

You can get a free printable cottage food label template for Florida baked goods that shows how a label might look on a cookie, cupcake or cake ingredients label template.

How to Make Labels for Baked Goods

After you understand the cottage laws for your state, it's time to get into the details of making labels that meet baked goods labeling requirements. You may also want to invest in a cottage food label maker for consistent quality and readability.

Custom labels for bakery boxes generally include the following requirements, which vary by state:

  1. Product name
  2. “Made in a home kitchen” (12-point font for some states)
  3. Business name and address (the physical address where you make the product)
  4. Permit and county number
  5. Ingredients
  6. Allergens such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy

As mentioned, the laws vary by state, so it's important that you spend the time you need to understand the proper labeling requirements for baked goods where you live. You can find the requirements by state here: baking ingredients labels template.

Personalizing Your Label

Look for free personalized labels for baked goods or purchase inexpensive ones online. Ingredient labels for baked goods must include clearly visible text, but that still leaves you with a lot of latitude to come up with your own designs. For example, you can include your logo on your food labels for home baked goods. Just remember that keeping it simple often works out the best.

If you are artistic, you can sketch out your own will design in a few minutes. Incorporate design elements that properly represent your brand and business. Keep in mind that any artwork needs to fit on the label without impacting the readability of the required information.

If you already have a logo, you're halfway there. Remember that your label will represent your product when it's sitting on the counter or being passed around to guests. Create something appealing that will generate conversation about your home food business — and hopefully result in additional orders!

Sticker labels are the easiest to attach and deal with. However, if you prefer paper labels that you can attach, get as creative as you want within the limits of legal requirements.

Most states have regulations on cottage food labeling. Explore what your state requires on its cottage food labels and how to label your food here.

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