Starting a Specialty Food Business

To those who are food business enthusiasts, specialty food making or popularly known as gourmet food manufacturing is an area where they should try to consider trying.

Gourmet food manufacturing includes frozen, dehydrated and dried, canned, bottled or baked foods. This makes food shopping more of a food venture.

Things Needed

There are at least seven things you will need in a gourmet food business. The first one is the production facilities. These things are essential because they are responsible for the manufacturing of the food you are going to sell in the market. Ingredients are also needed. Without them, you will not be able to make the specialty food you wanted to sell. The commercial cooking equipment is also needed to ensure that these specialty foods are made the right way. Computers and printers are essential in this business because it will serve as the labelling tool for the packages of the gourmet foods you make.

Develop Things

Have your own business plan. The big risk in this kind of business area makes the developing aspect a real business plan important. Starting up costs is significant and a business plan must be able t describe the type of gourmet food to be developed in detail and show the targeted market, food regulations and requirements and the marketing strategies and resources. These things will definitely set the starting vibe in your specialty food business. If you will successfully attain the business plan you made, your plans will definitely be made possible and attain success.


Conduct the target market research. You may do this by starting a tasting party for your relatives and later on with your friends. Ask them to give their comments on the taste, texture and appearance of your food. Through this, you will be able to know what are the things you need to improve on your specialty food product and what are the strengths of your food product. These things will help you manage and improve your business for future purposes. You may have to take several attempts before achieving the perfect or the right and ideal recipe for a particular gourmet food. Through conducting your recipe research, you are now opting to develop the rightful gourmet product you will sell in the market. Once this recipe is developed, know how it will be available to the customers. Should it be frozen, canned or shelf-stable? These are the things you need to consider in a food specialty development. Are you ready to offer food to individual customers or to food service clients? These are all essential to help you determine the main focus of your business.

Ads and Packaging

You have to market your food specialty. Learn how to put up ads that will help your business be lined in the names of successful gourmet businesses. You may use the ads in the internet to attract potential buyers and clients. Ask your friends help by asking them to refer you to their other friends. This is the fastest way to advertise your business. This will definitely help you put your business in the map and be recognized. The packaging of your products will also help you advertise your product in a more convenient and easy way.


  • Andrew Anthonysamy said on January 5, 2011
    I'm malaysian from malaysia been in the baking food manufacturing for 7 years. I want to start a specialty gourmet dish made in the states and market the product in the grocery stores nation wide. How do i obtain a business loan and what are the requirements to be able to market my product in the grocery store? Do i have to be a cert. body(GFSI or ETC) to be able to manufacture and sell? So far i have two diff. items i want to produce and sell. Thanks
  • Steve said on August 7, 2011
    We are in the beginning stage of formulating a business plan for gourmet frozen food business. We have developed our product done our market research. What concerns us most is you don't know what you don't know. We prefer not to include preservatives in our products, or artificial food additives. That being the case the topics where we need help for a start-up frozen food business are questions in the area of food chemistry, food safety, commercial equipment,and food packaging options. I'm sure other questions will follow. Any hep our suggestions of resources would be appreciated. Thank you. Steve
  • madhusudan said on February 4, 2012
    we are a indian & want to setup a initially stage of business of dry fruits cuttings we would like to know about that machinery to product different type of cutting machine to start my new business .Not a process line to invest a huge amount, type of cuttings like almonds slivering, almond halving, almonds diceing. how do i start in minimum machinery and cost. Any help and suggestion welcome. used/new machinery provided are welcome
  • Nadya said on February 26, 2014
    Good day i do frozen food. Now i want to start flower decoration but i cant get any contacts from Tanzanians flower farms except Mount Meru they have web .Could u please to help me.Nadya
  • Tanumoy Chattopadhyay said on May 8, 2014
    I am from India and want to start a small scale starch production unit. so can u give me any information about machinery required and there minimum cost.
  • Sahil Gumbar said on August 15, 2014
    Dear Sir, I want to open a business in my locality. My town is a small scale market and my startup investment can be 3 Lakh. Gohana, Haryana, India. Please suggest some Ideas.
  • Sarat Chandra Nayak said on October 15, 2014
    I want to start a small manufacturing unit in state of odisha( town like Bhubaneswar, balasore & bhadrak). Initial investment up to 5lakhs. Pls. give idea which type of product will be long term sustainability & growth. How I will i get the minimum land from govt.
  • lena Kyropoulos said on December 11, 2014
    Honorable Sirs, we would like to start a food chain in U.K area of soho..Any ideas could be quite helpful for us..Actually we have developed the Business Plan and we would like to be the Franchiser. We would like to find people that they want to invest to our project..Where should we apply for them? If you have any idea at all i would appreciate that. Best Regards Lena Kyropoulos


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