In the last several years, there have been explorations into developing a shared-use, commercial kitchen in Rutland. The Vermont Farmers Food Center recognizes there is a need for a commercial kitchen as well as food aggregation and storage facilities. With this survey the project is updating its marketing research to identify potential users, and their needs, to explore the feasibility of such facilities as part of other food access and food system development in the Rutland region.
What is a Shared Use Kitchen?
The concept of a Shared Use Kitchen is to assist food entrepreneurs by providing access to commercial kitchen equipment in a shared use space, to prepare and process food for the consumer and wholesale market. The facility will meet all state and federal licensing regulations while also providing a supportive business incubator environment.
What are Food Aggregation and Storage Facilities?
These improve farmers and food entrepreneur’s capacity to store crops, ingredients and product while creating marketing and distributions options. Features include multiple temperature and humidity controlled storage environments, loading docks, and office space. This facility will also meet all state and federal licensing regulations.
To identify needs and opportunities for a commercial kitchen and kitchen incubator facility, VFFC appreciates your valuable time to respond to this survey. The information you provide will be important in determining the need for a shared use commercial kitchen and food aggregation facilities in Rutland. This survey is designed for current producers/businesses as well as those looking for a startup opportunity, so it is important that you answer as many questions as possible, even if you are not currently producing a product.