How to Start a Canning Business

Have you ever wondered what to do with the excess fruits and vegetables from your garden? Now here’s a chance for you to prevent food from spoiling easily and earning money from them at the same time.

We are going to provide you with some tips and information on how to start a rewarding business right inside your home.

Starting a canning business at home need not be very difficult. There a number of food types that is utilized for a small home canning business. Some of the foodstuffs that can be canned at home include fruit jams and jellies, vinegars and salad dressings. Here are some very practical instructions that you can follow.

  • Check with the proper authorities the safety regulations governing processing and manufacture of food products at home. Learn which foodstuffs can be safely preserved from the home and those which are not.
  • Learn about and obtain the necessary licenses appropriate for the type of business you want to start up.
  • Submit a copy of your recipes to the proper authorities for evaluation and approval. This is an important step since you will be entering the food business.
  • Learn about the proper regulations in effect for the canning business. These include facilities, equipments, packaging and labeling requirements.
  • Allocate a space at home for your business use and make sure that it follows all the requirements.
  • Make sure to keep a list of all the products that you will be canning as well as the ingredients for easy reference.
  • Prepare the labels that you will be using for your products. You can either print them yourself or have them printed out by a professional printer. Labels are very important because they contain vital information about your product.
  • You also need to find a supplier for all your canning materials such as cans, bottles and jars and order them ahead of time so that they can be properly sterilized and stored before use.
  • Once you start your business, you have to let everyone know about you by advertising in local media and other community venues.

While it is tempting to go all out with the canning business it is still good to remember it is better to start small and slowly, learning the ropes along the way. If you start off big at once, you may realize that you have bitten more than you can chew and this might prove to be more of a setback instead of being a help. It is also advisable to find a unique recipe that would be yours alone, that way you will develop a solid base of customers. You should also make sure that you always use high quality food ingredients and canning materials and price your products fairly enough for your customers. Marketing your business is very important, and a very good marketing strategy involves giving your product a story of how it came to be, this way the product becomes more interesting in the eyes of your buyers.


  • ROLAND ADEPOJU said on October 8, 2011
    I need a business support/idea on how to establish a fruit canning factory. I will appreciate your response. Thnaks.
  • Mahmood said on April 25, 2013
    Different cities in Bangladesh produce different types of fruits and vegetables but gets rotted due to transportation and preservation problem. If those are canned and exported or consumed in the country during off season have a good prospect of busyness. Looking forward to receive your advise/response. It will be highly appreciated. Thanks.
  • kbarta said on August 21, 2013
    I am in Portland Oregon, any advice on starting a canning business would be greatly appreciated.


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