Q: Hi Dave,
When I first started making our products, I was told by one of your people that many recipes use existing products. My question is, if I use a product already produced by an established company, do I need permission from them if I use their product as the main item in my recipe (and modify it and add other items and spices)?
A: Hello Mel:
One expert told me that you should not use an existing product in your product because:
1. You will be stuck with that product forever
2. It will cost more to make your product
I don’t know who told you that "many recipes use existing products," but it wasn’t me. Regarding your question about getting permission to use another existing product in yours, that is a legal question beyond my expertise. Generally speaking, though, if you were using a brand name ketchup in your product, in your ingredient list you would probably have to list ketchup and in parentheses all the ingredients in the ketchup. If you didn’t state a brand name, who would know?–Dave