How to become a Health Food and Supplements Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Health food and supplements retailers supply a wide range of health foods, including fresh and frozen gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan foods, sugar-free confectionery and baked goods, dried fruit, nuts, seeds and pulses, and herbal teas. They also supply a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other food supplements, including homeopathic remedies, traditional herbal medicines, sports nutrition products and slimming aids.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises, many health food and supplements retailers also trade online and supply items by mail order.

Health food retailers are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating to registration of premises, food safety, presentation and traceability, weights and measures, waste disposal, and health and safety in the workplace.

They are also subject to legislation relating to the retail sale of food supplements, covering issues such as marketing claims and product labelling.

Many health food and supplements retailers supply natural cosmetics. However, this is covered separately in MBP296, Organic Cosmetics Retailer and BOP384, Cosmetics and Toiletries Retailer.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a health food and supplements retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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