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How to Start Food Business in India

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Basic Requirements to Open & Operate Successful Food Business in India

Retail Food Business

  • General consulting
  • Strategic planning
  • Accounting
  • Demand Analysis
  • Supply Analysis
  • Sourcing / Purchasing strategies
  • Cost management
  • Geographical Area Analysis
  • Customer analysis
  • Food Product Analysis
  • Food Product design/Services
  • Retail Packaging Design
  • Product development/commercialization strategies
  • Infrastructure
  • Shop/plant design and layout
  • Business development
  • Business sales
  • Consumer promotions
  • Advertisement
  • Branding
  • Retail Food Marketing strategies
  • Trade channel development
  • Supply chain (Logistics & distribution services)
  • Public relations 
  1. Restaurant Food Business

  • General consulting
  • Strategic planning
  • Accounting
  • Demand Analysis
  • Supply Analysis
  • Sourcing / Purchasing strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Cost management
  • Geographical Area Analysis
  • Customer analysis
  • Food Product Analysis
  • Food Product design/Services
  • Food Photography
  • Retail Packaging Design
  • Product development/commercialization strategies
  • Infrastructure
  • Shop/plant design and layout
  • Business development
  • Business sales
  • Consumer promotions
  • Advertisement
  • Branding
  • Retail Food Marketing strategies
  • Trade channel development
  • Supply chain (Logistics & distribution services)
  • Public relations

 

  1. Other Food Business

  • General consulting
  • Strategic planning
  • Accounting
  • Demand Analysis
  • Supply Analysis
  • Sourcing / Purchasing strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Cost management
  • Geographical Area Analysis
  • Customer analysis
  • Food Product Analysis
  • Food Product design/Services
  • Food Photography
  • Retail Packaging Design
  • Product development/commercialization strategies
  • Infrastructure
  • Shop/plant design and layout
  • Business development
  • Business sales
  • Consumer promotions
  • Advertisement
  • Branding
  • Retail Food Marketing strategies
  • Trade channel development
  • Supply chain (Logistics & distribution services)
  • Public relations

Step 1:- Select Right Company Structure To Start With

Company Incorporation

Type of incorporation

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • One Person Company.
  • Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Private Limited Company (Pvt. Ltd)
  • Limited Company

Comparison of all the incorporation types

Business Type

Proprietorship

Partnership

LLP

Private limited company

OPC

Registration

Not Compulsory

Optional under partnership act 1932

Registered under MCA

Registered under MCA

Can be registered under MCA and Companies Act 2013

Annual Statutory Meetings

No requirements to conduct annual statutory meetings.

No requirements to conduct annual statutory meetings.

No requirements to conduct annual statutory meetings.

Board and General Meetings must be conducted periodically.

No requirements to conduct annual statutory meetings.

Legal status of entity

Not considered as a separate legal entity

Not considered as a separate legal entity

Considered to have a separate legal entity

Considered to have a separate legal entity

Separate legal entity

Members liability

Unlimited liability

Unlimited liability

Liability of its members is limited

Limited to the extent of share capital

Limited to the extent of share capita

Minimum number of member

Sole Proprietorship

At least 2 persons

At least 2 persons

At least 2 persons

Minimum number of 1 person

Maximum number of members

Maximum 1 person

Banking Sector – 10

No restriction

200

Maximum 2 person

Taxation

Taxed as an individual

Tax rate is 30% on the company’s profit

Tax rate is 30% on profits plus cess and surcharge

Tax rate is 30% on profits plus cess and surcharge

Tax rate is 30% on profits plus cess and surcharge

Existence or Survivability

Existence of a Proprietorship business is dependent on the Proprietor.

Existence of a Partnership business is dependent on the Partners. Could be up for dissolution due to death of a Partner.

Existence of a LLP is not dependent on the Partners. Could be dissolved only voluntarily or by an Order of the Company Law Board.

Existence of a Private Limited Company is not dependent on the Directors or Shareholders. Could be dissolved only voluntarily or by Regulatory Authorities.

Existence of a One Person Company is not dependent on the Director or Nominee Director. Could be dissolved only voluntarily or by Regulatory Authorities.

Foreign ownership

Not allowed

Not allowed

Allowed by permission from RBI

Allowed

Allowed if one is the director and other is the nominee. Both the director and the nominee cannot be foreign citizens

Transferability

Not allowed

Not allowed

Can be transferred

Can be transferred

Allowed to 1 person only

Annual filings

Income tax returns with the registrar of the company

Income tax return is filed with the registrar of the company

Filed with the registrar of the company

Filed with the registrar of the company

Filed with the registrar of the company

Approx Registration Cost

Rs.3,999/-

Rs.4,999/-

Rs.6,999/-

Rs.8,999/-

Rs.9,999/-

Licenses / Certification Required to Start Food Business In India

Food Business Operator with Turnover less than 12 Lakhs

  • Food Registration
  • Trademark Registration of Food Business
  • Shops and Establishments Registration
  • GST Registration
  • Service Tax Registration
  • Insurance
  • Environmental Clearance
  • Approval from the Weights & Measures Department
  • Signage license
  • Approval/Re-Approval of Restaurants
  • license for playing music in restaurants
  • Eating House License Registration
  • Registrations under Income Tax Act, 1861, Customs Act, 1962 and other labor laws
  • Employees' Provident Funds
  • Registration under the Central Excise Act
  • Health Trade License
  • Liquor/Bar License
  • Fire Department NOC
  • Special Provisions for Restaurant and Catering Business
  • Returns required to file by FBO? 

Food Business Operator with turnover 12 Lakhs<> 30 Cores as per Categories defined by FSSAI.

  • State Food License
  • Trademark Registration of Food Business
  • Shops and Establishments Registration
  • GST Registration
  • Service Tax Registration
  • Insurance
  • Environmental Clearance
  • Approval from the Weights & Measures Department
  • Signage license
  • Approval/Re-Approval of Restaurants
  • Lift clearance
  • license for playing music in restaurants
  • Eating House License Registration
  • Registrations under Income Tax Act, 1861, Customs Act, 1962 and other labor laws
  • Employees' Provident Funds
  • Registration under the Central Excise Act
  • Health Trade License
  • Liquor/Bar License
  • Fire Department NOC
  • Special Provisions for Restaurant and Catering Business
  • Returns required to file by FBO?

Food Operating Business with turnover more than 20 crores as per Categories defined by FSSAI

  • Central food License
  • Trademark Registration of Food Business
  • Shops and Establishments Registration
  • GST Registration
  • Service Tax Registration
  • Insurance
  • Environmental Clearance
  • Approval from the Weights & Measures Department
  • Signage license
  • Approval/Re-Approval of Restaurants
  • Lift clearance
  • license for playing music in restaurants
  • Eating House License Registration
  • Registrations under Income Tax Act, 1861, Customs Act, 1962 and other labor laws
  • Employees' Provident Funds
  • Registration under the Central Excise Act
  • Health Trade License
  • Liquor/Bar License
  • Fire Department NOC
  • Special Provisions for Restaurant and Catering Business
  • Returns required to file by FBO?

Legal Requirements to Start Food Business

Quality and Audit Checks For Food Industry 

  • Establishment: Design and Facilities Audit
  • Control of Operations Audit
  • Establishment: Maintenance and Sanitation Audit
  • Establishment: Personal Hygiene Audit
  • Transportation Audit
  • Product Information and Consumer Awareness Audit
  • Training and Complaint Handling Audit

How Corpseed will Help you in Operations

  1. Retail Food Business
  • Accounting
  • Website Development
  • Manufacturing Support & Operations
  • Food retailer training and mentoring
  • KPI Assessment and Retailer Financial Health
  • Nutrition Labels & Science
  • Retail Packaging Design
  • New Product development
  • Operation expansion
  • Shop/plant design and layout
  • Business development
  • Business sales
  • Consumer promotions
  • Advertisement
  • Branding
  • Retail Food Marketing strategies
  • Selling channel development
  • Supply chain (Logistics & distribution services)
  • Operational Reviews & Recommendations
  • Menu Development & Reviews
  • Concept Development & Reviews
  • Operational Standards Manuals
  • Tenancy Design Reviews & Recommendations
  • Public relations
  1. Restaurant Food Business
  1. Other Food Business

Continuous improvement

  • Retail Food Business
  • SLA / KPI Compliances
  • TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) reduction
  • Process standardization
  • Lean/six sigma ideas
  • Inventory / Lead time / Delivery process improvement
  • Customer satisfaction Index Analysis
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Feedbacks analysis
  • Restaurant Food Business
  • SLA / KPI Compliances
  • Lean/six sigma implementation
  • ISO implementation
  • TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) reduction
  • Process standardization
  • Opportunity Analysis
  • Process Control
  • Quality Control
  • Sensory Testing
  • Inventory / Lead time / Delivery process improvement
  • Customer satisfaction Index Analysis
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Feedbacks analysis
  1. Other Food Business
  • SLA / KPI Compliances
  • Lean/six sigma implementation
  • ISO implementation
  • TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) reduction
  • Process standardization
  • Opportunity Analysis
  • Process Control
  • Quality Control
  • Sensory Testing
  • Inventory / Lead time / Delivery process improvement
  • Customer satisfaction Index Analysis
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Feedbacks analysis

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