Starting a Spice Business

When engaging into the spice industry, you should consider some things in order for your spice business to be successful.

So, if you love to cook and are intrigued by the different cuisines in the world and the spices they use, the spice business is right for you.

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Things Necessary in a Spice Business

If you love cooking and are always intrigued by the different spices of the different countries, you can start a spice business and turn your favorite hobby into earning money. You just need the right licenses, excellent marketing strategies, wholesale resources, bank account for your business and some creativity and planning. You don’t need a lot of money for your capital cost because starting a spice business is relatively low in startup cost.

Licenses and Marketing Strategies

You could check with your local, state, county, and zoning laws about the appropriate licenses necessary when starting a spice business. Be aware that there are some homeowners’ groups as well as some cities that are banning any spice business run in homes.

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You may be required to have a specific place where you will assemble and stock the spices you will sell for sanitary inspection and health clearances. If this is your case then you must find a place that has passed these inspections and used it for the assembling of the spices. Then, decide carefully on how you are going to market the spices.

You can use proprietary blends for the seasonings. For example, the Italian spices blend would consists of oregano, basil, garlic powder, marjoram, onion powder, fennel seeds, as well as parsley. You can also concentrate on the spices use for certain dishes like soups or chili.

Wholesale Resources and Pricing

Find where you can buy wholesale spices in much cheaper prices as well as the package materials you need. You can look in the local telephone directory or look online for the companies offering wholesale of spices. Keep in mind that the spices that are bought in bulk are very much cheaper that those in the grocery stores.

As for the packaging materials, these things should be of food-grade quality and must be designated carefully when you purchase them. The prices of your packages must be competitive with the gourmet products. You should put together the right herbs and spices’ combinations for the convenience of your customers.

Places to Sell and Business Account

Know where you are going to market your spices. The grocery stores are usually not an option for this business because most of them will require terms that many small businesses can’t afford to accommodate. The boutique gourmet stores can be a possible place for selling spices.

You can also choose to sell on food shows, crafty shows, and farmers’ market or just sell exclusively online. As for the business account, this is where you will deposit your business sales money so it is important to track and also keep any receipts so that it will be easy for you to complete tax forms.

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576 Comments

  • susanta said on January 28, 2012
    i am a manufacturer of spice, pickle & agarvati in bhubaneswar, pls tell me how can develop my market.
  • Harshal sonawane said on May 10, 2012
    Hello sir, i am from nashik maharashtra , and i am looking for small scale busines opportunity in spices manufacturing industry . But do not have idea . If possible please guide me.
  • Ranjan Kumar said on June 3, 2012
    How to start a spice business in delhi, and a project report required & how to collect spices products
  • Praveen Kumar Jha said on June 18, 2012
    Dear sir I want to start spice processing unit at patna, bihar. For that i require a detailed project report. Pl do the needful
  • Montseng Chopho said on July 15, 2012
    my business is in Lesotho, Quithing district. where do you think i can get stock with less costs?
  • Shivraj said on July 18, 2012
    Dear sir, i want to star new spices making company near pune. So please consult me all detail information from investment, built company, to marketing. Thank you. With Best Regards, Shivraj Khandagale.
  • sonali pandit said on July 22, 2012
    Dear sir, i have started spice business from home in kothrud pune. I want one caterers as they reqd more spices daily but i cannot get one caterers to start with. So please consult me how can i do marketing for my business. Thank you,
  • v rao said on September 10, 2012
    i want to start up a spices manufacturing industry in nagpur or butibori. please guide me where from to obtain the licenses /nocs--- equipments, business plan ...any support from govt in terms of loan and marketing ... loan subsidy . Also guide me where from i get complete info. V Rao
  • Prashant R Warale said on September 11, 2012
    i want to start up a spices manufacturing industry in Akola or Balapur. kindly guide me where from to obtain the licenses /nocs--- equipments, business plan ...any support from govt in terms of loan and marketing ... loan subsidy . Also guide me where from i get complete info. Prashant Warale
  • H P JOSHI said on October 16, 2012
    Dear sir i want to start up a spices manufacturing industry in new Delhi India kindly guide me where from to obtain the licenses any support from govt in terms of marketing. Also guide me where from i get complete info.
  • kranti sheel said on October 16, 2012
    Sir I want to open a small industry of spices in Shimla please guide how to open it
  • G.M. Sabir said on October 18, 2012
    Sir I have start my own spices Business at a very small Scale but now i want to do grow up my business. Please give me the ideas of packaging and Product collection
  • J. Craig said on October 19, 2012
    I am starting a new spice business online and in Texas to start. I am looking for sources to purchases wholesale spices direct. Where can I locate reputable distribution channels? Thank you, I look forward to your feedback.
  • shekhar dabhoya said on October 29, 2012
    I am staying in Mumbai and like to start spice business from my home. My home is in housing society. Which formalities i have to carry out?
  • shekhar dabhoya said on October 29, 2012
    May I get spice gardeners name/address in kerale from whom I can buy spices directly?
  • shekhar dabhoya said on October 29, 2012
    I like to do spice business from home .My business location will be Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. What formalities should I carry out?
  • Alok said on November 15, 2012
    I like to do spice business from home .My business location will be Mumbai.let me know the formalities to be done,and let me also know if anyone wants the spices in wholesale. Email me @ mitaz143@gmail.com
  • Amita Singh said on December 22, 2012
    I like to do spice business from home. My business location will be Nagpur. let me know the formalities to be done, and let me also know if anyone wants the spices in wholesale. Email me singhamita7@gmail.com
  • mahesh k tripathi said on January 8, 2013
    i wish to know regarding the packing machinery. from where the best options are available in north india.
  • shiv pratap maurya said on January 27, 2013
    dear sir, i am shiv, want to start a small spices industries in our city but i have no idea in this industries how i established a spices industries. sir, i am working as quality control executive in a spice industries. so plz sir give me guide to establish a spice industries. mirzapur, u.p. india
  • T C Papnai said on February 8, 2013
    I want to start a spice business with some homemade mix spices like MDH have in the market. Kadi Masala, Raita masala, pau bhaji masala etc. Do i need to take the license from food ministry or somewhere else? Or just can start as a trader as buying spices from market and (after doing mixing and packing) selling as a new product in the market with my own trademark. please guide me. i want to start the same at very small level first then if it get success we can take it on higher level.
  • paul said on February 16, 2013
    I like to start a spice powder unit in kottayam , kerala . Kindly get me a project report and other technical know how to start the same.
  • Dinesh Perera said on February 22, 2013
    I have an Online organic spice business for sale. Inventory, established sales channels, includes continued video presentations, help with launching additional skus. Etc. ideal for a startup or brand acquisition. You may email me dinesh@thespicygourmet.com
  • Rang said on March 1, 2013
    I want a spice business what budget is required plz suggest me
  • subhash sharma said on March 4, 2013
    I want a spice business at rajasthan shrimadhopur. what legal formality we should done what budget is required plz suggest me
  • Nitin Khot said on March 5, 2013
    Hi, I am from mumbai and want to start spices business.. I would require list of wholesalers in Kerala with address or contact nos. Would you able to provide information and guide me to have success in this small business. Awaiting your valuable reply. Thanks in Advance... Regards, Nitin
  • Alok said on March 7, 2013
    Dear sir, am a shift manager at yum brand but still I have time for some other stuff so I have planned a small business to start from home my business location would be ahmedabad so please guide me with some basics to start up and I found it very interesting. Regards, Alok
  • Alok said on March 7, 2013
    Please guide from where to get whole spice and the packaging material at lower cost in ahmedabad or nearby ..
  • paras said on March 17, 2013
    Hi I want start spices business in gujrat kindly get me a project report
  • nepal said on March 26, 2013
    i want start a spice business and what are the machine price.
  • Saket Kumar said on April 2, 2013
    I Want to start a new small business for Turmeric, Coriander, Chili. I do whole turmeric, coriander, chili, bringing the grind & want to sell. Please advise me how can do this. Please advise me a good machine price. I've 500000 budget.
  • arun kumar said on April 3, 2013
    Hi ! I want to start a new small business in spices, please tel me how to do that in pratapgarh u.p.
  • Jai Prakash Mishra said on April 4, 2013
    Dear Sir, I want to start a spice business in delhi from very small scale but I do not have any knowledge about this. Please advise. With Regards, J.P.Mishra, 09899458084
  • Sanjeev Kumar said on April 4, 2013
    Dear sir i want to start a small business in spice, please tell me how to do that in New Delhi. Please advise me.
  • Athar jan said on April 13, 2013
    I want to start spice processing plant in kashmir. plz help me to start it. Plz mail me detailed project report. and total cast of this project.
  • jitendra kumar thakur said on April 17, 2013
    H ! I want to start a new small business in spices, please tel me how to do that in jalandhar punjab m.no.- 9781706344 contact us regarding that matter
  • Suneeta Shrestha said on April 26, 2013
    Hello, I am Suneeta Shrestha from nepal, actually we have started small business in bhaktapur....we are manufacturing masala powder like jeera powder, chilly powder, garlic powder, etc....but I want to extent our business by producing masala like BMC masala but don't have idea about its ingredients n design for outer cover. please suggest me about all this. I request u
  • Ghanshyam verma said on April 30, 2013
    dear sir I m from indore m.p. pls guide me how to start spice business, and which type machine required and what will be cost of machine
  • nepali saroj said on May 1, 2013
    my business in kathmandu , Nepal and i need grocery items to sell here , i have my supplier too so , i want to contact big part of contract of every grocery items of food and beverages, plz contact in mail.
  • nepali saroj said on May 1, 2013
    hello @suneeta shrestha i want contact with you for business, how can i contact your.
  • Prashant said on May 1, 2013
    Hello i am from Jodhpur, i want to set up Spice production factory. Pls tell me the Approx cost to open the factory( with Low Budget). Also pls tell necessary government certificate and licenses required to set up up the factory. also profit margin in this business.
  • yogesh bobade said on May 2, 2013
    i want to start spice industry in solapur. pl. help me for getting all machinery quotations. also guide me about govt. subsidies.
  • SUNIL said on May 15, 2013
    I WANT TO START SPICE BUSINESS IN PALAMPUR( HIMACHAL PRADESH), HOW CAN I START
  • kamalesh kumar said on May 18, 2013
    hello, sir/ mam i want to start my own spice business in pithoragarh uttarakhand. how I'll start it and what basic things i need to start and run properly to my business, how I'll work in marketing of spices. plz help me
  • samir panigrahi said on May 19, 2013
    i want to start spice business in orissa pl guide where i have to sale is there any exporters
  • prema said on May 19, 2013
    Hi Sir ! I want to start a new small business in spices, cleaning / packing etc kind of business my name is prema my no 9886885952 please suggest me.
  • ravi singh said on May 19, 2013
    Hello! Sir, I am Ravi Shankar Singh, want to start own small scale spice industry and business at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, Please, guide to me and provide the project detail for the same also. Cont. -09926808100
  • Rajnish said on May 21, 2013
    hi, i want to start new business of spices in new delhi, please guide me. mobile no.9810091069.
  • sumit kumar singh said on May 21, 2013
    I want to set up my spice manufacturing unit in najafgarh area as i have a 50 Sq.Yard plot there. pls guide me what factors should i keep in my mind to start these business.
  • sumit kumar singh said on May 21, 2013
    I want to set up spice manufacturing unit as this is relatively low invest business. Please guide me guide me what factors should i keep in my mind to start this business. I have no experience in this field. I have a 50sq.mtr. plot in Najafgarh, Delhi. India.
  • Amit said on May 21, 2013
    Sir i want to start spices business in himachal pardesh i have my own land that i can grow spices plants. help me sir how should i start .
  • ajay & sadashiv said on May 28, 2013
    please guide us for initiating a small business of making spices .
  • Abhishek said on June 1, 2013
    @Prashant- I'm also from Jodhpur and I've Manufacturing set up of Spices Products, so if you want to sale spices produces at optimum cost or either you may become marketing executive with our brand name and having Agmark certifications. mail for detail.
  • jajati das said on June 11, 2013
    hi, sir am Jajati Das from Bhubaneswar, Odisa,India. sir want to start a spice business in Bhubaneswar. who is the registration authority, and give some idea about the business
  • SK MD SHAHID said on June 13, 2013
    Sir, Namaskar, I am SK MD SHAHID, from BURDWAN in WEST BENGAL. I want to set up a homemade spice business with little capital about Rs. 50,000. Please sir give me a complete guideline according to indian rules & regulations for registration my business and also getting the licenses. THANK YOU.
  • vinod sharma said on June 18, 2013
    Hi sir i am vinod sharma from faridabad sii i want to start my own manufacturing of spices in uttarakhand rourkee. Please give some tips how to start up my business. thank you.
  • Rajeswari ARavind said on June 19, 2013
    We earnestly look forward in assisting you for import/export of Agro/Agro based products. Pl contact us MMTC Ltd(Govt.of India Undertaking, Ministry of Comm.), Chennai R/o, Rajeswari (Dy.Manager) – 9677290044.
  • Hilda M. Ribera said on June 20, 2013
    I would like to know how can I find the small scale equipments, supplies and ingredients required for dry seasoning mixes: the tumbler, individual pocket size sealed pouches, dry ground herbs, dry powder spices, etc. My home based business is in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
  • G. Muralidhara Bhat said on June 24, 2013
    Hi, I have my own spices business dealing with organic & non organic spices, value added ayurvedic products from Kerala. anyone interested for spices in wholesale pls contact on my email Id: mgbhat@gmail.com. With regards M.G. Bhat
  • kohinoor spices &food product said on June 29, 2013
    we want to start a new business of spices manufacturing. Please guide us from where to get license and necessary permission..
  • khan said on June 29, 2013
    hi, all we have a spice factory in bangalore, by name himalaya spices and trademark got registered. we want to sell it . good market and good network and profits . we r now interested in realestate , so want to sell that . our himalaya spices is registered trademark . which is internationally acceptable. my no is : +91 - 8951 751 686.
  • punam chouhan said on July 1, 2013
    sir i am living khargone mp. i want to start a small industries in Marsala udyog like chilli term Eric and coriander spices please guide me start to project. Punam CHOUHAN
  • punam chouhan said on July 8, 2013
    Hello sir ,I want to start a small scale industries in indore like chilli terimeric coriander etc please guide this project
  • Pooja Sikcchi said on July 11, 2013
    I am looking forward to start a business in spices. would want to know the process to start up. Also how to approach to the retailers for the same. Would like to know everything. if you can please guide me would be glad to undergo training. Awaiting reply.
  • Sujit Poddar said on July 12, 2013
    hello Sir, i live in kolkata and wants to start spice manufacturing business. need your guidance regarding the same.
  • Deepesh Bansal said on July 16, 2013
    Hello Sir, I am starting my own business of spices but i am very much confused that what should be my first step to introduce my product in the market? Whether i should hire some distributor, sales person or i should go shop to shop to introduce my product. And also which marketing tools should i use in the beginning as i have less capital. so plz guide me sir asap. thank you..
  • Preeti Shinde said on July 16, 2013
    Hello sir, I am from Mumbai. I am interested in starting a business of whole spices from Kerala. I just wanted some information on the whole-sellers from Kerala with their contact details. Besides this I would be doing this business on a small scale from my residence which is in a co-op housing society. So I just wanted to know if I would be required to obtain any kind of licenses for the same. Awaiting your reply at the earliest. Thank you. Preeti Shinde
  • A Kumar said on July 20, 2013
    Dear Sir, Plz provide the Spice Distributorship in Bihar one Distic starting capital was arrange to start the Business as early to possible, thanking U, A Kumar
  • Narendra kumar jha said on July 22, 2013
    dear, sir I want to start a business of whole spices from Darbhanga Bihar .please suggest and help me about this..
  • padmakanthi said on July 30, 2013
    sri. i am live kandy in sri lanka. i like to join spice business small scale locally or internationally. i wont to know how to join? how meet buyer? what is supply level & quality?
  • Natacha said on July 30, 2013
    Miami, FL. USA. I reside in Miami, FL and I have Caribbean inspired marinades that I create. They are delicious. I currently sale out of my home but would love to take it to a higher level. Your guidance is appreciated. Thank you!
  • ANJALI said on August 4, 2013
    PLZ GUIDE ME ABT LICENSE AND ANY OTHER TIPS ABT SPICE MARKET. I'm EXCELLENT IN COOKING REALLY CURIOUS TO DO BUSINESS OF MY OWN MASALAS RECIPE. I M IN ROHINI DELHI INDIA. THANK YOU!
  • Rajeev Awasthi said on August 11, 2013
    Hello i am from Punjab, i want to set up Spice production unit on home scale with own brand name. Pls tell me the Approx cost to open the unit( with Low Budget). Also pls tell necessary government certificate and licenses required to set up the unit.
  • satyendra kr said on August 11, 2013
    sir, i want to start masala powder packing business. how can i start?
  • jyotirbindu tripathi said on August 13, 2013
    I want to start this business from pratapgarh Uttar Pradesh pls help me about capital & other sources with complete business knowledge about it
  • Asokan said on August 16, 2013
    Dear sir, good day! i am planning to setup a spice grinding unit in palakkad dist, kerala. I would like to know more about the support and guidance available from the government of kerala and financial assistance to the new entrepreneur. Could you please provide me a project report which will help me to proceed further to establish this unit. It is learnt that the indian market has good potential for spice products. Whether the raw materials are cheaply available in kerala and neighboring states. The procurements of the raw materials and manpower cost will go more in kerala. How much minimum quantity needs to produce from first to sixth months. Who is the licensing authority for the unit. The suppliers of machinereis and plant available in kerala. Kindly advise. Thanking you in advance for the early reply. Best regards, Asokan
  • Samir Paul said on August 18, 2013
    i want to start a spice business , please guide. kolkata, west bengal , india
  • amardeep said on August 24, 2013
    Dear Sir, I want to start new business of spices in jaipur plz suggest me how i purchase wholesale rates dry spices
  • Sandeep Kumar Gupta said on August 26, 2013
    I am looking forward to start a business in spices. would want to know the process to start up. Also how to approach to the retailers for the same. Would like to know everything. if you can please guide me would be glad to undergo training. Awaiting reply, I want to start a powder manufacturing unit of spices at home.(chilly pepper turmeric etc ) please give an advice . Location :- Rewa Madhya Pradesh state
  • Mazhar Pathan said on August 27, 2013
    Sir i am a horticulture graduate. and a lots of spices are cultivated in this region where i am living. i want to start garlic powder business please inform me about this please guide me.
  • swapan sadhukhan said on August 29, 2013
    Hello sir, i'm swapan now i am working in kuwait MOH. Next oct25 i want to go back in india kolkata, i like to business. I want make a spice business, but i don't have any idea, & how much money at starting. I'm also waiting to your answer. Please sir send me answer by email. My address in india ranaghat, nadia westbengal, india. Thank you
  • saurabh pandey said on August 29, 2013
    I am own business of spice production in uttar Pradesh and now I want to start it in Delhi please guide me through this.
  • Mohamed Ibrahim said on August 30, 2013
    Hi all, i'm going to start a spice business in india, i need a right partner to guide and support me in my business. if anyone is there please contact me through my mail id and i have got people who can give me spices at a wholesale. If anyone interested please contact, my mail id is rollno748@gmail.com
  • vinay c said on August 30, 2013
    Dear Sir, We are from bhopal MP involve in seed business also interested in spice manufacturing. We may find out opportunity in this field.. loking forward. Vinay C
  • chandrakant deshmukh said on September 2, 2013
    hello sir, i am going to start a spice (various type of powder)processing unit. please give details information about perches raw materials , building structure, marketing strategies etc. Thank you.
  • Collin said on September 3, 2013
    Hi I'm in South Africa, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni I'm part of a recently developed small spice business, I need to know how to grow the business, formulate spices and acquire good raw material and take into account health and safety aspects of the business.
  • dhruv awasthi said on September 5, 2013
    Dear sir, Hello i am from uttar pradesh, i am looking for small scale business opportunity in spices manufacturing industry . But i don't have an idea, how to set up Spice production unit on home scale with own brand name. Pls tell me the Approx cost to open the unit( with Low Budget). Also pls tell necessary government certificate and licenses required to set up the unit. Thank you, I look forward to your feedback.
  • pravin patil said on September 6, 2013
    Hello sir, I am from surat. I am interested in starting a business of whole spices from Gujrat. I just wanted some information on the whole-sellers from Gujrat. with their contact details. Besides this I would be doing this business on a small scale from my residence which is in a co-op housing society. So I just wanted to know if I would be required to obtain any kind of licenses for the same. Awaiting your reply at the earliest. Thank you. Pravin patil.
  • Sharan Verma said on September 7, 2013
    Hi, am from uganda and want to start grinding and packing Indian spices. Is it possible to start with home/domestic blenders? And could I please have mixing formula of the spices. My dream is to go full scale commercial. Please advise. Thank you
  • Shyam said on September 9, 2013
    Dear sir, i want to star new spices making company. So please help me all detail information from investment, built company, to marketing. Thank you. With Best Regards, Shyam.
  • Swati sharma said on September 10, 2013
    Hi Sir/ Ma'am, we need dealers for our herbal products and all kind of spices in U.P . So kindly contact us for this and also need some investor..... If someone has their own new idea for our business plz contact us.
  • Sanjeeb Shaw said on September 14, 2013
    Dear sir, I am spice manufacturer and trader in ballygunge, kolkata, west bengal . I also have a retail outlet from where we sell our product. I further want to enhance my selling through packaging the product. So please help me with ideas of marketing my product.
  • GIrish said on September 14, 2013
    Hi, I would like to start up a spices grinding business in Pune. Can you please help me with the licenses required for the same.
  • N.K SHARMA said on September 20, 2013
    DEAR SIR, I WOULD LIKE TO START UP A GRINDING & SELLING OF SPICES OF MY OWN BRAND NAME. CAN U HELP ME FOR THIS IDEA.
  • Vineet Rajan said on September 22, 2013
    I am starting up my own business of spices trading in Mumbai. Anyone who has started his own small business and wants to expand it in Mumbai can contact me for tie-ups/ business models..09821728092
  • Dhiraj said on September 24, 2013
    I want to start spice manufacturing and packing business so I don't know about how much I have to Investment in district level business Plant in Yavatmal. please help about Investment and who to get license manufacturing and packing.
  • Anita Dash said on September 24, 2013
    I have already started my Gota spice packet business at Bhubaneswar with my own brand name. Now I'm doing business only of Gota spices with small investment. But I couldn't improve my market. Kindly guide me as how can I improve my business & also provide me the address wherefrom I can purchase the products on cheaper rate. Thanks
  • SRINIVAS said on October 9, 2013
    Dear Sir, have spices business in south India where all most spices produces its running very good we want to sell it . good market and good network and profits .i am moving to Canada so want to sell that. any one interested call me 09391603135 or mail me:enquiry@sribalajiexim.in
  • SRINIVAS said on October 9, 2013
    Dear Sir have spices business in south India where most of spices produces in our area its running very good. I want to sell it good market and good network established .i am moving to Canada so want to sell that. any one interested pls call me on this number 09391603135 or mail me:enquiry@sribalajiexim.in
  • Sailendra Chandra Nath said on October 14, 2013
    Hello Sir, I am Sailendra Chandra Nath from Tripura(NE), I am looking for small scale business opportunity in SPICES manufacturing industry .I don't have an knowledge, how to set up Spice production unit with own brand name. Please advice me the Approx cost to start spice Mfg.Unit and Machinery suppliers in Kolkata. Further, pl provide all other necessary information and Licenses etc. required to set up the unit. Thank you, I am waiting from your response.

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