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Hi. Can I buy chocolates in bulk and then resell them to my coworkers and friends?  Thanks. Ester.


Buying any food in bulk and repackaging it in smaller quantities requires handling the food, so it is almost always subject to both state and local health laws and regulations. Some states and local health agencies have even shut down children selling lemonade or homemade cupcakes.  While those are extreme examples, food-borne illnesses are a serious health risk and we all benefit from the regulation of food products.

And, yes, chocolate is a food.

I strongly suggest that you contact a lawyer who is familiar with the food handling laws in your particular state and locale before you proceed any further.  He or she can advise you whether your particular plans require inspection and/or licensing.

Good luck.


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David K. Staub


I am a business and tax attorney and have spent more than 35 years assisting people in starting a wide variety of businesses. I can answer questions about the basic differences between the various entities available to new businesses, including limited liability companies, corporations, S corporations and partnerships. I can provide guidance in other areas facing start ups, such as hiring employees, signing contracts and obtaining necessary licenses. I can also direct people to sources for answers to specific legal questions which cannot be answered in a forum of this nature.


I have an extensive practice in the mergers and acquisitions area and have been involved in the tax and legal issues on hundreds of business transactions.

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