Published On: Wed, Sep 30th, 2015

How to Start a Kosher Bakery

Starting a Kosher bakery is a business idea that has a lot of potential, especially if you live within a large Jewish community where it will be an essential and needed company. You don’t have to be Jewish yourself to start a Kosher bakery – but you will need to understand Kosher and the guidelines set out for Kosher food. Whether you eat Kosher yourself or not, we’ve put together a simple list of things that you should take into consideration before starting your own Kosher bakery.

Business Plan

Just as with all businesses, starting a Kosher bakery will require you to write a business plan, including both short term and long term goals that you can work towards meeting in the future. No matter how small your business is planned to be, having a business plan is still an essential that many business owners tend to overlook. It is crucial for insurance purposes, and can be really helpful if you plan to expand your business – even if you don’t plan to expand it much.

Community and Marketing

If you plan to open your Kosher bakery in an area that is heavily populated by the Jewish community, you are likely to already have a number of potential customers who will definitely visit, and you may not need to put that much effort into marketing – especially if there isn’t much competition nearby. However, if you are opening a bakery in an area that is further out of town, people who eat Kosher may need to travel to your bakery – and you will have to convince them why they should do this. Start marketing your business as early as possible in order to ensure that your business gets a name for itself, and ask your customers to recommend you to friends and family.

Eating Kosher

As with many religions, eating Kosher is to be taken very seriously, and if you don’t eat Kosher yourself it’s still important that you respect this and ensure that all the food that you sell in your bakery is 100% Kosher. Just a simple mistake could cause you to lose the respect of many of your customers, as those who eat Kosher would likely be offended or hurt if they were served food that they believed was Kosher but actually wasn’t. Keep your quality control checks thorough, and only buy ingredients that you know are Kosher. You should also consider getting Kosher certification.

Health and Safety

Last but not least, health and safety in the workplace is also an important factor of starting a Kosher bakery. You should implement food health and safety rules first and foremost, and general health and safety rules to ensure that your employees stay safe. Carry out regular health and safety training, checks and inspections to ensure that there are no dangers and hazards that could occur and that the food is being prepared in a safe manner.

Do you run a Kosher bakery? If you have any tips that you’d like to add, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.