How to Start an Online Food Business: The Ultimate Guide
When Bob McClure wanted to level up his family pickle business, he found shared commercial space in a tofu factory. The healthy bacteria in the air—caused by the fermentation process of the tofu—began to ferment their first batch of pickles and everything needed to be scrapped.
In every new business, there are hard lessons to be learned, each industry with its own unique complications and legal considerations. The food business, though? It’s in its own league. There is a dense forest of information (and misinformation), more risk of legal implications, and a volatile supply chain that can be affected by anything from weather to, well, healthy airborne bacteria.
If, however, you don’t yet have a product idea, look into current food trends for ideas. Eater.com’s A-Z list of 2017 food trend predictions includes healthy chips, kombucha and flexitarian dieting. Back up the claims with your own sleuthing, though: look at search volume, Google Trends, and check out the competition.