Selling food/drink product at local market

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kp900t
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Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by kp900t » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:43 am

Hei!

Are there any rules and regulations in regards to selling food and beverages at the tori? For example, i see locally sourced huney, dried meats, juices, jams... I'm looking to potentialy sell home roasted coffee at the local market a few times during the year. I don't think I need a toiminimi for this, right?

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Honest
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Re: Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by Honest » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:08 am

You might need a hygiene card and some other paperwork


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Re: Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by Rosamunda » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:56 am

Food hygiene regulations are enforced by Evira and also by the local municipality. The regulations vary depending on what is being sold. I don't know about coffee but usually food being sold to the general public must be prepared in a professional kitchen (not your own home). There are exceptions eg for ravintolapäivä. Normally a food hygiene certificate is required for selling food and you might need a license to sell beverages for immediate consumption. There are also rules regarding packaging (eg for honey the label must state that honey is not suitable for children under 1 year of age and the name and address of the producer must be shown).

Setting up a toiminimi is nothing to do with food hygiene. It's just one way of establishing a business. Your estimated annual sales determines whether or not you need to register for vat. Otherwise you can just declare your additional income directly on your tax return.


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Re: Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by kp900t » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:35 pm

Thanks Rosamunda for the reply. I have a hygein card and also access to a pro kitchen. I also wouldn't sell brewed coffee but guve free tasting samples and only sell roasted coffee.


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Re: Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by Rosamunda » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:43 pm

In that case, labelling/packaging is probably your main concern. Contents must be in Finnish and Swedish, weight, provenance, contact details of the importer, allergens etc. I don't know all the details (only for honey!) but the easiest thing is to check the information on a packet of Juhla Mokka (or whatever) and do the same. The regulations are EU directives so you could try googling
http://exporthelp.europa.eu/thdapp/disp ... guageId=EN
http://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.c ... 0Guide.pdf
https://www.food.gov.uk/science/allergy ... ng-changes


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Re: Selling food/drink product at local market

Post by Upphew » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:57 pm

Rosamunda wrote:In that case, labelling/packaging is probably your main concern. Contents must be in Finnish and Swedish, weight, provenance, contact details of the importer, allergens etc. I don't know all the details (only for honey!) but the easiest thing is to check the information on a packet of Juhla Mokka (or whatever) and do the same. The regulations are EU directives so you could try googling
http://exporthelp.europa.eu/thdapp/disp ... guageId=EN
http://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.c ... 0Guide.pdf
https://www.food.gov.uk/science/allergy ... ng-changes
Dunno about the enforcement of labeling either... iirc the beer I was oogling had only "SISÄLTÄÄ OHRAA" in Finnish and all the other stuff was in Norwegian.
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