I am into making peppershake with the Habaneros and Thai peppers that I grow in my organic garden. What would be the best way to go about making this a business? I know that equipment being sterile and utmost clean is the only and best way to go. What equipment (dehydrators and packaging goods) would be the best to go with? Is this something that can be done from the homestead and be ok with FDA? Sorrry so many questions, but am serious about putting this into motion! One thing…you had a question come to you from a Dave Hughes (Houston, TX) in your last e-mail send out. He wanted to know if there was a Habanero type that has the flavor but not the heat. ’Trinidad Perfume’ would be that pepper, available from www.chileplants.com
Many people want to start a manufacturing business from their homes. I advise against it. First, most local regulations require that food products be manufactured in a licensed, inspected facility. You will have to investigate your local regulations. The FDA rules only apply if products are shipped across state lines. I would recommend that you find a contact packer who could make your peppershake to your specifications. Having a successful fiery-foods manufacturing company is 10 percent manufacturing and 90 percent marketing/distribution, so that’s what you should be concentrating on. Thanks for the ’Trinidad Perfume’ recommendation. I am growing it and will taste it soon.