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Definitions & Types of Food Businesses

What is a food business?

A food business stores, prepares, packages, serves or provides food for people to eat. This may be a

A food business may also directly or indirectly deliver food, such as home grocery delivery or a restaurant takeout order.


A restaurant prepares or provides service, food, and beverages to customers for more than 21 days a year. Beverages may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. 

Grocery store

A grocery store sells food and food accessories for people to use, make, or eat at home. This may include

Some grocery stores also sell household items. 

Confectionary business

A confectionary business sells ready-to-eat snacks and beverages such as

Confectionary licenses are often held by businesses that serve another purpose, for example

If the business has a hand sink and 3-compartment sink for washing utensils and equipment, they can sell self-serve coffee and pastries. A commercial-grade microwave may be available for customers to heat their food. 

Potentially hazardous foods should always be stored and displayed in approved commercial equipment. 

Farmers market

A market where growers can sell their goods directly to the consumer.

Food carts

A food cart is a mobile food and beverage service. Food is sold from a non-motorized vehicle that is moved by its operator. All food carts must be meet Minnesota Food Code requirements.

Mobile vendor

A food and beverage business in a motorized vehicle or trailer that can be easily moved to another location.

Short Term food vendor

A food and beverage vendor with a food stand that is disassembled and moved from location to location. A Short Term food vendor operates no more than 10 days annually at any one civic event.

Seasonal food vendor

A vendor who sells food and beverages at multiple community events throughout the year. A maximum of two stands can operate for each permit. 

Vending machines

All vending machines must comply with

For more information on food business definitions, please review License and Consumer Services Food Related License Definitions.


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Last updated May 14, 2019



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