How to Start a Food & Beverage Establishment in Singapore

Start Your Own F & B Business Establishment in Singapore for S$395

According to National University of Singapore Business School, younger people are getting busier with work and Singaporeans eat out for 78% of their meals
The Food Services Industry in Singapore contributes 0.8% to the national GDP and comprises 4.5% of the nation’s workforce
More than 7200 establishments in 5 sub-industries – restaurants, fast food, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and food caterers
Total sales value of F&B services in March 2018 was estimated at S$716 million, higher than the S$691 million in March 2017

Little Red Dot with a Huge Appetite

Singaporeans’ perpetual love affair with food has created a gastronomical island paradise proffering an eclectic range of cuisines, from local and authentic to exotic and foreign. Eating has become not only a favourite pastime for locals, expatriates and tourists have both relished in the island’s unrivaled diversity of multicultural dishes, available at affordable prices to boot. The ubiquitous presence of restaurants and bars, often occupying an entire storey or street, has become quite an attraction to behold in itself. Local PMETs with increasing household incomes, an established population of expatriates and a growing number of inbound tourists continue to fuel the industry’s development and expansion.

In addition, hi-tech innovations, spearheaded by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and its partners, are changing the face of F&B in Singapore. The implementation of new food processing technology and digital solutions, along with digital marketing, is helping operators, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, achieve higher productivity to remain competitive. On the long run, Singapore’s F&B industry sees good prospects in all of its segments.

Licences and Legal Formalities for Starting an F&B Business in Singapore

Legal Formalities for ALL F&B Businesses

  • Incorporate the company on Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore
  • Register as an Employer with Central Provident Fund (CPF)
  • Apply for Food Shop Licence from National Environment Agency (NEA)
  • Enroll employees for Basic Food Hygiene Training conducted by NEA

Supplementary Legal Formalities

  • Apply for Liquor Licence from Singapore Police Force (SPF), for serving alcohol on premises
  • Apply for Public Entertainment Licence from SPF, for providing entertainment on premises
  • Apply for Halal Certification from Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), for serving food prepared according to Islamic Law
  • Apply for Tobacco Retail Licence from Health Sciences Authority (HSA), for selling tobacco on premises
  • Apply for Import Permit from Singapore Customs, for importing food or ingredients
  • Apply for S Pass from Ministry of Manpower (MOM), for hiring foreign workers
  • Register for Goods and Services Tax (GST), for exceeding S$1 million in annual revenue

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