Are you a foodie? Would you like to make money around this passion? You’re in luck! There are many direct sales companies in the food and beverage industry that can help turn your love of food into a career!
The best part about these business opportunities is they’re easily doable at home a few evenings per week or month. Your commissions and earnings will be based on the amount of product you sell and the number of products your team sells.
Oh, and did I mention, there is a HUGE market for food products too! According to Statista, the total retail and foodservice sales in the US alone amounted to around 6.22 trillion dollars in 2019. Yes, that’s trillion with a T!
If you want to share your passion for food and drinks with others and earn money from home, check out these food and beverage direct sales companies!
The Boisset Collection offers wine connoisseurs a chance to share their passion for wine with others. Wine Ambassadors host tastings and help interested customers discover which wines would best suit their tastes. Wine Ambassador kits range in price from $1-$549, and Ambassadors receive training, education and can even earn a trip to France. Ambassadors earn 15-35 percent commission on all sales, plus team coaching commissions.
- Boisset Collection is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Epicure sells broths, condiments, baking mixes, dips, herbs, spices, beverages, meal solutions, and cookware. To get started, you’ll need to connect with a Consultant or call their customer experience team to get signed up. I couldn’t find information on how much it costs to get started or commission rates, so you’ll need to inquire about further information.
3. Gano Excel
Founded in 1995, Gano Excel sells coffee that contains Ganoderma Lucidum, a mushroom-based herbal remedy widely used in Asian culture. It is purported to be an antioxidant and contains phytonutrients to boost concentration, focus, mental clarity, and overall well-being. You can order an Evolution Sample Pack for $10 to try the product and sign up for the business opportunity. According to their website, you sell wholesale products for retail prices, and you can earn even more money for building a team.
- Gano Excel has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
4. Java Momma
Launched in 2017, Java Momma sells organic fairtrade coffee, flavored coffee, loose leaf tea, cocoa, and accessories in a variety of yummy flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Mocha and Pumpkin Muffin. Baristas earn 20 percent commission on sales and additional commissions on team sales. Baristas must make one sale or purchase via their replicated website every three months to remain active. Java Momma offers three starter kits to choose from, ranging in price from $20-$65.
- Java Momma has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re a member of the Direct Selling Association.
ONEHOPE operates under a mission to inspire their entrepreneurs to make an income while making an impact. Cause Entrepreneurs earn 25 percent commission on wine sales and additional commissions for building a team. Starter kits range in price from $29-$199, and there is also a $12 monthly fee for your website. 10 percent of your online tastings go directly to a non-profit organization of your choice.
- OneHope has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
One of the better known direct sales companies, Pampered Chef, sells mixes, sauces, seasonings, and enchrichables, along with cookware, kitchen tools, and small appliances. To get started, purchase a starter kit ($99-$269) and start selling online, through catalog sales, or in-person or virtual parties. Consultants earn 20-27 percent commission on sales and an additional 3 percent on team sales.
- Pampered Chef is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Started in 2007, Sipology is a direct sales company that sells premium and ethically sourced teas in flavors like Cola Tea and Sweet Salted Caramel Matcha. Sipologists earn 25-40 percent commission on sales by assisting hosts with parties, and the starter kit is $99 to get started. Sipologists must have at least $500 in sales over a three-month period to remain active.
Founded in 1995 by Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple is a direct sales company focused on delicious foods that are easy to prepare. The products offered range from meal kits to mixes, soups, snacks, meal kits, and seasonings. To become a Tastefully Simple Consultant, purchase a $99 starter kit and start earning 15-40 percent commission on sales as well as bonuses. Be sure to read my full review of Tastefully Simple here.
- Tastefully Simple has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re a member of the Direct Selling Association.
The Gourmet Cupboard offers a wide variety of mixes and recipe solutions, including baking mixes, salad dressings, soups, side dishes, dips, beverages, slow cooker recipes, and more! Joining requires a $25 advanced payment, which can be applied to a future order. New Distributors start at the Basic Level, where they have a free affiliate website and can earn free products for every $50 spent. By hosting parties and selling products, Distributors can earn a 5-12 percent commission. They also have a wide variety of wholesale priced starter kits for new and established Distributors, ranging in price from $26-$400.
- The Gourmet Cupboard has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
10. Thrive Life
Thrive Life sells simple, clean food like fresh freeze-dried snacks, foods, seasonings, sauces, and accessories. They have two starter kits, the $100 Social Seller, and the $220 Business Builder kit. Consultants receive on-going commissions on orders and can get paid up to six levels deep for team-building activities.
Share your love of wines with friends and family by joining the Traveling Vineyard! To get started as a Wine Guide, they have three starter kits to choose from, ranging in price from $49-$179. Wine Guides receive their own website to start, and after 90 days, it costs $15.99 per month to keep it. There is no other inventory to keep other than a 5-bottle tasting kit for wine parties. Wine Guides earn 15-35 percent commission on sales and additional commission on team sales. Be sure to read my full review of the Traveling Vineyard here.
- Traveling Vineyard has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Founded by a mom who was facing the conundrum of cooking for children with allergies and food sensitivities, Wildtree sells meal solutions including gluten-free, organic, peanut-free, and kosher sauces, spices, seasonings, soups, dressing, and mixes. It’s $14.95 a month (website and back-office fee) to become an Advocate, and no starter kit purchase is required. Advocates earn commission on sales and team building activities, but I couldn’t find the percentages on their website.
Started by Anton Steinhart, Wines for Humanity offers a direct sales opportunity selling wines from around the globe while helping families who are struggling with rent and utility payments. Since its inception in 2007, Wines for Humanity has donated over 6.8 million dollars to charity. Wines for Humanity is open to individuals in 14 states, and the cost for their wine advisor kit is $69, with an additional $9.95 monthly fee for your website. Wine Advisors earn 17-20 percent commission on personal sales and additional bonuses and commissions for building a team.
14. WineShop at Home
WineShop at Home is a Napa Valley direct sales company that seeks to give back and support soldiers and military families. Proceeds from their Honor Blend wine go to the organization America’s Mighty Warriors. Wine Consultants purchase a business kit (starting at $25-$239) and earn 20-44 percent commission on sales and additional commission building a team.
One Last Word About Beverage and Food Direct Sales Companies
As you can see, there are lots of great food and beverage direct sales opportunities to choose from. Which one is the best? That’s up to you to decide, but I highly recommend testing and tasting the food products before jumping into any business. To be successful with the direct sales model, you need to have a passion for what you’re selling; otherwise, you’re going to have a difficult time convincing others to buy from you.
Do you know of any other food, beverage, or wine direct sales companies? Drop us a note; we’d love to hear from you!
Originally published October 24, 2017. Content updated November 6, 2020.