Food and Agriculture Department License Requirement for Breweries
The Department of Food and Agriculture has increased enforcement of Chapter 6 of the California Food and Agriculture code, after seeing an increase in breweries purchasing ingredients direct from farms.
How this affects you:
Chapter 6 requires that all food and beverage manufacturers in California apply for and maintain a license through the Food & Ag’s Market Enforcement Branch if they purchase agricultural products (hops, grains) directly from California growers.
This license applies to you if:
- You produce beer in California
- You purchase agricultural products directly from a farm or grower in California
This license doesn’t apply to you if:
- You purchase all of your hops and grains from a dealer, distributor or other middle tier (BSG, S.S. Hopsteiner, etc.).
- For agricultural products that are purchased from the middle tier, it’s the distributor’s responsibility to apply for and maintain a license through the California Department of Food and Agriculture.