Senate approves cottage industry bill

To 20150227_092509ksmeet the increasing popularity and demand for cottage foods, Sen. Judy Warnick, R- Moses Lake introduced Senate Bill 5603 which passed the Senate unanimously. The legislation increases the amount that kitchen to consumer vendors can make from $15,000 to $25,000.

“I am glad that we have been able to address the growing demand for cottage industries in our state,” said Warnick. “These are small, mostly family operations that are providing a service to their community and we should be supporting these entrepreneurs.”

Washington State allows for the sale of foods from home kitchens directly to consumers, licensed as cottage food by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Those small vendors only qualify if annual gross sales are below $15,000.

“This is a small change that could make a big impact by removing barriers for this growing industry.  It gives the Department of Agriculture the ability to adjust the ceiling that these small business can make without needing future legislation.”