How to start a bottling business

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Commercial bottling companies allow manufacturers to focus on the production of their product and not have to worry about the hassle of bottling the product. Starting a commercial bottling business is a great opportunity to own your own business and become your own boss. Even if you do not have commercial bottling experience, there are some simple steps you can follow that will help you develop your entrepreneurial skills.

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Things you need

  • Business plan
  • Business license and permits
  • Business insurance
  • Bottling supplies and equipment
  • Commercial bottle cleaning solution
  • Bottle brush
  • Bleach
  • Funnel or large scoop
  • Labels

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  1. 1

    Decide on the type of bottling company you wish to operate. Choose between consumable beverage bottling, health and beauty aid bottling, etc. Determine what your niche market will be.

  2. 2

    Obtain field-specific market information about the products you will bottle. Check state and local bottling guidelines for your target market. Acquaint yourself with relevant rules and regulations, such as food preparation and handling laws if you will be bottling food and beverages.

  3. 3

    Develop a professional business plan outlining all aspects of running a successful commercial bottling business. Include start up costs, overhead costs, necessary supplies, market analysis, marketing strategies, rates for your services and projected rate of return on investment.

  4. 4

    Perform an in-depth study of your target market. Find out what they expect from their suppliers and business associates, what their preferred marketing style is, and what message they would like the product to display. Get a general feel for the target market so you know how to present your services in a way that will appeal to their bottling needs.

  5. 5

    Determine if you will subcontract the labelling to a printing company or if you will make the labels yourself. Include the product company name, bottling date, expiration date and bottling company name.

  6. 6

    Visit a lending institution that specialises in small business loans. Present them with your well-developed commercial bottling company business plan and request a small business loan.

  7. 7

    Contact your local town hall and inquire about licenses and permits for a commercial bottling business and obtain all necessary documents.

  8. 8

    Inquire at both small local insurance companies and larger, national insurance companies about business insurance policy rates. Be sure to shop around for the best rates available and make sure the policy covers all requirements as deemed necessary by your state.

  9. 9

    Consider starting your business out of your home for now, if allowed by law, to save on overhead. Upgrade to a larger, commercial facility as your business grows to meet customer demands.

  10. 10

    Choose the type of bottles, caps, supplies and equipment you will use. Metal crown caps are the most popular choice for basic plain glass bottles.

  11. 11

    Order your supplies from commercial bottling manufacturers. Set up a business account with them.

  12. 12

    Prepare an area in your home or garage where you will be storing your supplies and filling bottling orders. Prepare the area according to state and local guidelines.

  13. 13

    Arrange to pick up your product from your client or have them ship it to your home.

  14. 14

    Scrub the bottles with a commercial cleaning solution and bottle brush.

  15. 15

    Sterilise the bottles and caps in a commercial sterilizer or by placing them in a mixture of 3/4 boiling hot water and 1/4 bleach for 30 minutes. Remove the bottles and rinse thoroughly in warm water.

  16. 16

    Repeat cleansing and sterilising process for all of the bottling tools that you will be using. Be sure all items that will be coming into contact with any beverages is thoroughly cleaned and sanitised to prevent contamination.

  17. 17

    Use a small funnel to fill the bottles with liquid, and lotion products. Use a large scooper to fill the bottle with gelatinous products such as jams or hair gels. Fill the bottles to just under 1 inch from the top of the bottle.

  18. 18

    Apply caps to the bottles.

  19. 19

    Affix labels to your bottles and arrange to have them shipped or hand-delivered to your customer.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider hiring a professional consulting company to assist with developing your business plan.

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