The great lakes adjacent state of Wisconsin has long been both an agrarian and industrial powerhouse. Major cities like Milwaukee and Madison stand in stark contrast to the rural agrarian plains. Wisconsin places strong emphasis on protecting its residents and its natural beauty using a fairly complex set of regulations. Thus, businesses often need a fair number of licenses and permits to operate.
In Wisconsin, specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.