Processing Foods

California - Resources for Processing Foods (NEW!)

The following California organizations have collaborated on the new resources below for small-scale farmers and processors on how to produce your product safely and in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations: Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), University of California Department of Food Science & Technology (UC Davis FST), UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and the Western Regional Center for Food Safety (WRCEFS).


Co-packers are food processors that have extra manufacturing capacity and offer their services for a fee. This is often an attractive option for people starting in the food business. The product and its package must be matched to the co-packer and its available equipment. Co-packers often offer additional services such as product development (often critical to scaling up the volume of product produced), label review, and regulatory compliance.

Filling Machines for the Smaller Food Processing Operation  (Kansas State University) (PDF 29 KB)  This brochure goes through some of the considerations important in purchasing a filling machine for use in a small food processing operation.

Providing Safe Containers for Food Products - Facts for Niche-Market Food Processors (Kansas State University) (PDF 25 KB)  This brochure points out some of the important considerations in selection of food packaging containers.


Food Allergies and Allergen Control Programs

Food Entrepreneur Programs

Food Facility Registration

Food Grade Materials

Food Packaging

Food & Packaging Waste

Food Properties

HACCP Information

Importing and Exporting Food Products

Labeling Food Products

Product Development


Regulations for Food Products

Reportable Food Registry


Shelf Life Testing and Date Labeling

Specific Food Products: Labels, Regulations, and Tools