Cottage Industry Bakers and Decorators

UMBA, WBA and RBA oppose all “Cottage Industry” Laws

The Upper Midwest Bakery Association & Wisconsin Bakers Association stands in accord with the following statement from the Retail Bakers of America:

RBA, UMBA, and WBA support all Cottage Industry Bakers and
Decorators provided that the laws regulating them are no
different than licensed retail bakeries.

RBA, UMBA, and WBA oppose all “Cottage Industry” laws that treat home
bakers and decorators differently from licensed retail bakeries in
these key aspects:


First and foremost, Food Safety and Sanitation laws
must be followed by all home baking/decorating facilities.


Home baking/decorating facilities must be licensed by an
appropriate government body.


They must be inspected in the same manner and the same
frequency as licensed retail bakeries in the same jurisdiction.


They must carry the appropriate insurance (including but
not limited to liability and work’s compensation)for their activities.


They must remit all appropriate taxes in the same manners
as a licensed retail bakery.

• For more information about the Retail Bakers of America,
please contact the RBA office at 800-638-0924.

• For more information about the Upper Midwest Bakery Association,
please contact the UMBA office at 651-459-6719

• For more information about Wisconsin Bakers Association,
please contact the WBA office at 800-542-2688