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    Senior Member Lukemc's Avatar
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    Question for semi commercial roasters/commercial roasters

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I'm supplying a local cafe and looking to expand slowly. My local council wants me registered with them and has supplied me with the following labelling laws/guidelines (can't decide if it's one or the other) for my packaging.

    Can anyone comment on what I may or may not have to comply with legally. I know not all roasters I buy from meet ALL requirements

    - name of product
    - warning label (gluten, nuts etc)
    - list of ingredients (coffee beans??)
    - date marking (they suggest best before - I assume roasted on works?)
    - directions for storage?
    - nutrition information panel
    - name and address of supplier
    - net weight of product

    The council haven't said they all apply but have intimated this is the labelling law I have to comply with.

    Any help is appreciated (I won't use the advice in a court of law!!)
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    Are you supplying products intended to be on-sold to retail customers? Or just supplying beans that will be used in making coffee on the premises of the local cafe?

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    Interesting question Barry. 99% used in the making but they also want to onsell.

    I have an online store too so would like the labels to work for all and sundry......

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    Of course they want you registered Luke!! :-) It means more money for their retirement fund! Coffee roasting is low risk so you shouldn't be any higher than a cat.3 food production. Watch their compliance regs tho', they can ending up costing a packet...plumbing, h&c water, lined or sealed walls and sealed floors. Registration costs me almost $400 p.a.

    Labelling? Business name, weight, contents and roast date on front of bag. Business address and 'best enjoyed within 4 weeks of roast date' on the back satisfies my council well. I wouldn't worry about nutritional info or a warning label (as you don't process any other foodstuffs). Product liability insurance is probably a good idea.

    When I have my annual inspection, I generally get someone different each year which can be problematic but they get all excited when I show them hundreds of old roast log files in a folder on the computer and give them full provenance on most of my coffees. Don't forget to tell them that coffee is naturally vermin proof!
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    Senior Member Lukemc's Avatar
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    The compliance regs are the killer. I was planning to roast in a shipping container but they want it fully lined which will cost a bit! Ah well. Costs of starting a small business I guess. Thanks for the advice chokkidog will get there slowly.
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