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Wholesale Food Handler Licenses

Wholesale food handlers are persons who sell food to others for resale. Minnesota food wholesalers are regulated primarily by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Many food wholesalers are also subject to regulation by their own city or county ordinances. A food wholesaler that is engaged in the interstate sale of its own manufactured or processed food products is also subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Agency contact information:

Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Dairy and Food Inspection Division
(651) 201-6062


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Dairy and Food Inspection Division

License Information System (LIS) Lookup a License

Online Licensing & Payment Options

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.


Minn. Stats. 28A.04


Adopted FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices


Consolidated Food License Application, AG-00026-11


Must meet requirements for distribution, handling and sale of food.


Fee is based on gross annual food sales or service for the immediate previous license or fiscal year or anticipated future gross annual food sales.

Wholesale Food Handler License

 Gross Annual Food
 Sales & Service



 No License

 Less than $25,000




 $25,001 - $250,000




 From a mobile unit without a separate storage facility

 $250,001 - $1,000,000




 From all other facilities

 $250,001 - $1,000,000




 $1,000,001 - $5,000,000




 $5,000,001 - $10,000,000




 $10,000,001 - $15,000,000




 $15,000,001 - $20,000,000 




 $20,000,001 - $25,000,000




 Over $25,000,000




Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

July 1 - June 30

Length of Determination Process:

Seven days to one month.

Other Pertinent Information:

A booklet titled "Starting a Food Business in Minnesota", available from the Dairy and Food Inspection Division, may be obtained by calling (651) 201-6027 or downloading it from the MN Department of Agriculture website.