Incubators make it financially possible for a start-up food manufacturer to take advantage of available professional kitchen space while they grow their business.
Most start-up food enterprises begin in a home kitchen. Once the final recipe is ready for the marketplace, the home kitchen is a liability. New business owners cannot obtain the necessary licensing from the state or product liability insurance for the manufacture and sale of a product made in a home kitchen. Legally they must manufacture their product from a professional kitchen.
That's where Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen® enters the picture. We offer long- or short-term professional kitchen leases at reasonable rates on a flexible time-share basis. Food entrepreneurs become "legal" by working in a professional space that can be inspected by insurance companies and the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Our kitchens provide professional standard ovens, refrigerators, freezers, mixers, food processors, worktables, pots and pans, utensils and locked storage space.
"Businesses launched through a period of nurturing in business incubators fare much better, with an 80% rate of success."
National Business Incubation Association
Culinary trends and market forces have made the kitchen incubator a concept whose time is now. Current sales of specialty foods at retail were $24.7 billion, and jumped 17.9% between 2002 and 2004 versus a 7.7% rise for sales of all food. Over half of all the products sold in specialty food stores are purchased directly from the manufacturer.
"Businesses launched by entrepreneurs acting on their own have only a 20% chance of surviving five or more years."
US Small Business Administration.
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