How to set up and register for a food business in Singapore?

Procedure to register for a food business in Singapore

Business owners must incorporate their food and beverage business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) prior to developing food retail outlets and requesting a food shop license:

  1. Finalize the name and identity of the business: All thriving restaurants focus on certain flavors, cuts of meat, influences from various cultures, and other specialties. Choose the one that will work best for you and your prospective restaurant and give it a brand name.
  2. ACRA business name registration: The process for registering a business name with ACRA is corporate-focused. You will be questioned by ACRA regarding the most relevant Singapore Standard Industrial Code (SSIC) that applies to your company. Use the ACRA’s BizFile online business registration portal to submit your application.
  3. Open a business bank account: If you have fulfilled ACRA’s extra requirements for obtaining a business profile, you will receive your ACRA business profile package. This includes the Unique Entity Number (UEN), which is required when opening a company account with a local bank, or your registration number.
  4. Apply for a license: Singapore is thought to be tough when it comes to restaurants and bars.
  5. Budgeting: Every food entrepreneur’s largest operational hurdle is cost. As a result, effective budgeting will enable you to determine how much capital you will need to set aside as well as how much you will need to spend on monthly expenses.

What are the types of food businesses that need to register?

  1. Retail Food 
  • Restaurants, cafes, snack bars, supermarkets, mobile food waggons, and food caterers are all subject to SFA licensing requirements. Customers at food retail establishments can purchase meals to eat on the premises or to take away. Retailers of food can submit an online license application here.
  1. Food vending machines
  • Food is stored in machines for sale to customers in manless operations known as food vending machines. The regulations to operate a vending machine that sells food are detailed on this page.
  1. Private canteens
  • Private canteens operated by third-party vendors i.e. staff canteen/hostel kitchen, regardless of whether food is sold or provided free of charge.
  1. Herbal tea
  • Whether food is sold or given away for free, private canteens are run by outside vendors, such as the staff cafeteria or hostel kitchen.
  1. Food Wagons
  • Vehicles that have been modified with a working kitchen for the purpose of preparing meals are referred to as mobile food waggons.

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