Resources

The Food Corridor’s mission is to enable efficiency, growth, and innovation in local food systems. On this page, we aggregate the latest and most useful resources for the shared-use kitchen community.
Our Publications
  • The Shared Kitchen Toolkit- A free guide to starting a new shared-use or incubator kitchen and managing the operations of it. It provides an overview of emerging kitchen models and highlights opportunities to expand their community impact and enhance financial sustainability. It was developed by The Food Corridor, in partnership with Fruition Planning & Management and Purdue Extension Services and made possible by a grant from the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, North Central Region.
  • Shared-use Kitchens: A Policy Landscape Report- The Food Corridor and a Steering Committee of 10 NICK members explored the national policy landscape for shared-use kitchens. They identified the best practices and policies to support the industry in navigating local health departments, conflicting state and county policy, and inadequate licensing options.
Business Development
  • Small Food Business- A community for food artisans and entrepreneurs with a mission of providing up-to-date industry news as well as the regulatory, business, and strategic information needed to successfully compete in today’s marketplace.
  • Specialty Food Association- Create, connect, support, and share the extraordinary experience of specialty food with the world. Join for access to exclusive membership benefits.
  • Food Business School- Enables and empowers entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities.
  • Michigan State Product Center- Helps you develop and commercialize high-value products and businesses in the food, agricultural and natural resource sectors.
  • Sales Tax Survival Guide- Provides tips to help your company survive 2016’s biggest sales and use tax compliance issues. Not to be used as a substitute for professional guidance.
  • Food Enterprise & Economic Development Kitchens Project Business Plan- A Project of the Northside Planning Council, this is a template for sections to include in a shared-use kitchen business plan.
Education
  • Arizona State University- ASU’s online Bachelor of Arts in business with a concentration in food industry management will prepare you for business careers in the processing, marketing and distribution of food beyond the farm to retail stores, restaurants and institutions.
  • The Culinary Institute of America- Their five undergraduate schools award Bachelor’s degrees in food business management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts; and an accelerated culinary arts certificate.
  • Food Business School- Enables and empowers entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities.
  • Food Marketing Institute- For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leads the way in providing comprehensive programs, resources, guidance, advocacy and services for the food and grocery retail industry.
  • Culinary Course Reviews- Information for anyone interested in undertaking an online cooking course to improve their basic cooking abilities, through gaining full-on professional kitchen experience.
  • Real Food MBA- List of types of funding for food businesses, also contains direct links to funding entities.
Feasibility Studies
Funding, Accelerators, & Incubators
  • Agthentic- Aggregated, global database of funding, potential partners, expertise, and more.
  • AngelCalc- AngelCalc models the conversion of safes and/or convertible notes during an equity financing. It uses techniques similar to those used by Microsoft Excel to make its calculations.
  • Chobani Incubator- Started to help small companies with big hearts and ideas follow the path to challenge the food industry, improve broken systems, and make a difference.
  • Food Hatch- Food Hatch is a food focused accelerator which provides seed and early stage funding to food related companies. In addition, they provide portfolio companies with food expertise from experienced and knowledgeable senior executives and successful entrepreneurs in the food industry.
  • Food System 6- Accelerator that builds a networking and mentoring platform to enable the best entrepreneurs to revolutionize the way we produce and distribute food globally. Accepts both for- and non-profit business models.
  • Michigan State University- Funding sources for food-related businesses
  • PieShell Crowdfunding- PieShell emboldens and empowers food and beverage entrepreneurs and enthusiasts to bring new ideas to life. But PieShell is more than just a crowdfunding platform. We’re a community of people who are passionate about food, innovation, and giving.
  • Real Food MBA- List of types of funding for food businesses, also contains direct links to funding entities.
  • Terra: The Food & Ag Tech Accelerator- First-of-its-kind program bringing together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-industry innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture.
General Resources
  • Center for Rural Affairs- Very comprehensive toolkit for rural food business development, including: commercial and shared-use kitchens, value-add processing, distribution, business incubation, food safety, networks and other tools.
  • Chowhound- Forum with food business related questions, answers, and more
  • Food+Tech Connect- The site of record and community for the food tech and innovation sector. They give innovators the tech and business insights, connections, job postings, and skills you need to transform the food industry.
  • Fooducopia- Connecting food entrepreneurs and local farmers to customers across the country.
Kitchen Operations & Best Practices
Marketing & Distribution
  • FDA Food Labeling Guide
  • 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts label updates
  • The Condiment Marketing Co.- Resources for Food Biz marketing
  • RangeMe- Put CPG products in front of thousands of retail buyers – instantly.
  • Recipal- Create FDA-compliant nutrition fact labels, recipe costing, and inventory management.
  • Food Marketing Institute- For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leads the way in providing comprehensive programs, resources, guidance, advocacy and services for the food and grocery retail industry.
  • Food Innovation Center (Oregon State University)- The Market Research for Market Readiness (MKTRD) Protocol is based on consumer testing and designed to help entrepreneurial food makers and value-added farmers evaluate the products they are developing for market. This toolkit includes a manual, an Excel workbook, and several training videos
  • Integrity Labeling- Integrity Labeling prepares Nutrition Facts, Ingredient Statements, Nutrient Content Claims and Allergen Statements that are FDA Compliant and design-ready to insert into your label design, in just 3-5 business days.
  • TryCaviar- Caviar is an easy way to order meals from popular local restaurants across the U.S. Customers can order ahead on the web, or instantly from Caviar’s free mobile app for iOS and Android. Caviar provides customers with quick, reliable delivery service no matter where they are.
Partnerships
The Food Corridor has several partners who bring value to the shared kitchen community. Learn more here.
Safety & Sanitation
Shared-use Kitchens
  • Shared-use Kitchen Planning Toolkit- A guide to starting shared‐use kitchens as an affordable venue for new and existing value‐added food production entrepreneurs, farmers and caterers. Published September 2014 by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
  • US Kitchen Incubators: Industry Update- Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI), along with American Communities Trust and Urbane Development conducted a survey assessing the landscape of U.S. kitchen incubators/accelerators. Published March 2016.
  • ChefTalk: Food & Equipment Reviews Forum- Crowdsourced reviews on everything from chef’s knives to range tops.
  • NxLeveL® Guide to Commercial Kitchen- Establishing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen details the planning, design and budgetary considerations involved in developing an FDA-approved, multi-tenant commercial kitchen. This text is essential reading for community and government leaders, incubator managers and anyone else with an interest in shared-use kitchen incubators. This supplement includes an Instructor’s Manual.