All direct selling opportunities call for energy and persistence to be successful, but there are a few ways to set yourself up for success – like becoming a direct seller for food products! Everyone eats, and many of us enjoy the entertainment that goes along with preparing and sharing food. Some of us are also always on the look-out for quick ways to eat better and more simply.
Happily, there are quite a few home party companies out there catering to these desires! And, since food is something we consume, repeat sales are built in and product lines tend to be frequently updated. Check out some of these companies below:
Tastefully Simple has been in business for over 20 years and was founded on the simplest of questions: “What should we eat?” Founder and CEO Jill Blashack Strahan started the company in her own home, and it blossomed into a $100 million dollar company within its first 8 years. Jill and her team have focused on helping families eat wholesome foods realistically; their consultants become key resources in their communities, always ready with meal kits and entertaining ideas.
Tastefully Simple offers their direct sellers a variety of meal kits from sweet to savory, including mixes, sauces, and spices, along with recipes and grocery shopping lists. Consultants host tasting parties and earn 20-30% commission on all personal sales, and can earn bonuses and incentives (like vacations).
Country Gourmet Home (company closed) is built on two basic principles: their products must only require the addition of 1 or 2 basic kitchen ingredients, and it must taste comfortably homemade. Founder Amy Beth develops these mixes using her own family recipes, and all products are handmade in the USA. They use fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in their products, which range from baking and dessert mixes to fruit butters and dip chillers and more.
Consultants can earn 25-40% of their retail sales, as well as 3-10% on consultants signed up under them. Basic maintenance requires $10 in sales or a $9.95 monthly fee that counts toward your sales total.
Wildtree was developed by Leslie Montie, a mom just wanting nutritious, delicious meals that could be made quickly and catered to the dietary restrictions of her kids. Since that didn’t exist, her family got together and created spice mixes that they pre-packaged for their own use – and that naturally expanded into a proper home party business. Now they sell a wide variety of blends, desserts, jams, oils and so much more.
Hosts can earn free products based on sales made at a tasting, while representatives can earn up to 40% commission on retail sales plus bonuses or vacations. Start-up kits are $49.95 (plus shipping and tax), and active status can be maintained by making a minimum of $350 sales in 4 months.
Thrive Life began as Shelf Reliance, founded with the desire to help people be more self-reliant – and enjoy fresh, quality foods that are nutritious and easy to prepare, all preserved via an innovative freeze drying and packaging process. Offering their products through home parties was another way to help people become more self-reliant; hosts get great benefits (from 10% of party sales additional half price product, and more) while consultants earn variable commission (between 5-64%) depending on order type. Consultants can also recruit to earn more, score free products, and even qualify for an all-inclusive fantasy vacation.
Do You Bake? began with the founder, Jenn, trying to get back to basics and stop eating out all the time. She was overweight and always tired, and just wanted to refocus on food that is real and balanced, with no additives, preservatives, or fillers. Now her company offers meal kits, bread and dessert kits, seasoning blends, and more.
Ambassadors can earn up to 35% commission on sales, adjusted monthly. Start-up costs range from $0-$195, and start-up kits included catalogs and products. Team incentives are available.
Boisset Collection provides the opportunity for wine-lovers to learn more about wine and do direct selling via wine tastings in the home. The Boisset Collection is a multi-generational wine company with vineyards in both France and California, growing grapes and nurturing wines with dozens of premium labels.
Their Ambassadors are given all the tools and training necessary to share and successfully sell these wines; Ambassadors make 25-35% commission on sales, with the opportunity to earn more by recruiting teams. Perks include private wine tastings, retreats in the heart of wine country, corporate gifts, and more. Starter kits can be purchased for $149-$849 and include catalogs and brochures, order forms, and, of course, 3 to 6-bottle wine flights.
Your Inspiration at Home focuses on experiencing international flavors and cultural recipes without leaving your own kitchen. Originally limited to Australia, the company has since expanded into New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and the US. Focusing on fast and healthy food, YIAH offers all-natural seasonings and spices with no added preservatives. You can find spice blends and rubs, baking spices and gourmet honey, flavored oils and more in their catalog.
Consultants earn 25% commission on sales, and can increase that through bonuses and team-building. Start-up costs vary between $59-$179 and include a selection of best-selling products and paper products. Make $200 in sales every 6 months to remain active.
The Gourmet Cupboard, much like Wildtree, began with a team of moms packaging the dry ingredients to their favorite family recipes for friends and family. Their recipes appealed to so many people that they started selling them – and now they’re inviting you to become a direct seller too! They offer a variety of gourmet mixes from beverages and muffins to dips and soups and more.
There is no joining fee, although they require a $25 deposit that will be deducted from your first order. Representatives can earn up to 50% commission on personal sales, while freebies and bonuses depend on your rank. There is a $200 sales quota for each 6-month term as detailed by the company.
The Cocoa Exchange is great for chocolate-lovers: founded by Mars, Inc., The Cocoa Exchange is a platform and marketplace to explore and experiment with cocoa-based products. In their shop, you’ll find everything from chocolate truffles to pure dark chocolate to cocoa-infused sauces to drink mixes.
Becoming a Curator means you can do direct home or Internet-based sales, and earn 25-40% commission on retail sales and enjoy a personal discount. You can earn more by building a team. Starter kit options cost from $99 to $129, and include paper products and an assortment of products for sampling. Sales quotas are set at $600 in personal sales every 6 months.
Steeped Tea started in 2006 with a Tonia and Hatem Jahshan’s discover of Cream of Earl Grey loose leaf tea. When Tonia found herself sharing her newfound love of loose leaf tea by holding 15 tea parties a month, she decided to found a business. Ten years later, they now offer a wide variety of loose leaf teas with no artificial colors or flavors. Their catalog includes organic tea, veggie teas, matcha, tea products and more.
Consultants can earn 25-39% commission while hosts earn gifts and free product. Starter kits cost $99 and come with a selection of their most popular loose leaf teas, paper products, an apron, and tea-brewing paraphernalia. There’s also a selection of kit enhancers for $21-$42.60.