Msgfreebaker23, My granola is wholesaled into 24 locations. I do give the retail owner my promise that they will never loose money on my products due to expired products. I can do this because I give them a free swap out of older products before the expiration date. This gives them a peace of mind and they are willing to have a trial run of my granola with their customers. I do make no gluten baked products also, but i'm not a certified gluten free bakery. I know that my GF products don't stay fresh as long as my granola if that is the case for you too, then the swap out might not be an option for you. My granola has a shelf life of 3-4 months. My granola company is a CFO. My cupcake bakery is a commercial brick and mortar bakery.
Here is my plug for CFOs
LA county knows that using a commercial kitchen is difficult for new businesses so...Have you looked into the Cottage Food Operation option for your biz? I am teaching a class on How to Create Your Cottage Food Operation in Los Angeles County. This allows you to create your product out of your own kitchen. Your kitchen will be inspected by the LA county health dept. You do get a permit number that must appear on your products. There are requirements that you have to meet and some that I would highly recommend you do to protect yourself. My granola company is a 3 and half yrs old CFO. And wholesaled into 24 stores. I teach and mentor my students on how I did it. To view the details of my class go to eventbrite.com and look at classes in Glendale area. My class is the last Monday in Sept.