Author Archives: Doug Marranci

About Doug Marranci

Founding Member and Director of Operations at PREP A Unique Shared Kitchen Facility in Atlanta Georgia for Specialty Food Producers and Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks

“Building Your Brand” PREP Mentor Series – Wednesday February 14th!

PREP Mentor series
“Building Your Brand”  Save the Date!

PREP Atlanta Shared Kitchens

Wednesday February 14th!
PREP is excited to announce our Mentors for this seminar!

“HOW BRIGHT IS YOUR BRAND BULB?” 10 am and 2 pm – Scott Lamphere, Culinary Specialist and Corporate Chef  Gordon Food Service 

“Branding 101” 11:30 am Meyer Janet, Branding Expert,  PREP Member “Cotton Cravings

1-2  pm – Time for Q&A and getting to know your PREP Community Members, refreshments will be available!

This Mentor Series Seminar will be held at the office building in front of PREP 2.  Using the pedestrian gate, or the driveway at the back of PREP,  turn left and exit the rear gate.  As you pass through this gate, you will see the PREP sign on the suite right in front of you.

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This seminar is offered for PREP Members only!

Presenter Bios:

Scott Lamphere
Culinary Specialist / Corporate Chef
Gordon Food Services, Southeast

Scott is a native Texan who grew up in West Texas where his family was involved in both the farming and ranching community as well as their family owned restaurant business.  Fun fact:  His Grandparents’ restaurant is known for “inventing” the Chicken Fried Steak in Dawson County over 75 years ago.

Scott is self-taught and well mentored in all types of professional kitchens and culinary settings.  For 22 years, he worked as a Healthcare Sales and Marketing Executive in the Pharmaceutical and Hospitality arenas.  During this time he also honed his skills while owning a Culinary Consulting Firm called,

Small Town Kitchen Tablewhere he has worn several hats as a Culinary Consultant, Chef Instructor / Caterer, Cookbook Editor, Kitchen Coach and is a Certified Sensory and Tasting Judge for National, Regional and Local food and beverage competitions.  

He serves on the Board of Directors for several food and beverage non-profit organizations and is a Volunteer Event Chef for The Giving Kitchen, Georgia Grown, 7 Bridges Mission, Mercy Chefs, Taste of Atlanta, and Les Dames de Escoffier.

In addition to being a regular Chef-Instructor with The Cook’s Warehouse, he is a member of IACP, Southeastern Foodways, The Culinary Trust, The Hospitality Syndicate and FoodService Resource Associates, LLC

 

Meyer J. Janet B.Com, MBA, CA(SA),CPA(ISR)

  • – CFO of large retail chain in South Africa
  • – Director of Suzuki Distributors
  • – Franchise holder of major fashion and sporting apparel brands
  • – Management consultant to major corporations in the toy and the wine industry
  • – Partner in UK executive search practice
  • – Partner and founder of Design Plus a licensing and branding boutique in 1995 in USA Clients include: Coca Cola, Taco Bell, Anheuser Busch, KFC, Kellogg’s, Post Cereals, Hormel, Kikkoman, Super Pretzel and ICEE.
  • – Long standing member of LIMA (licensing industry merchandisers association)
  • – Contributor to articles in LIMA publications and Entrepreneur Magazine
  • – Partner in Cotton Cravings LLC

Branding 101 Synopsis

  1. 1 The dream- concept- Reason vs Passion
  2. 2 The Unique Selling Proposition
  3. 3 Brand name, Graphics etc.
  4. 4 Scanning the market and matching Threats and Opportunities to Strengths and Weakness
  5. 5 Mission Statement and setting of goals
  6. 6 Brand positioning
  7. 7 Brand Equity and Message
  8. 8 Getting the message to market and staying on message
  9. 9 The Extended Product and living up to consumer expectations 

PREP’s Culture is People! Shared Kitchens – Food Producers

shared kitchens commercial kitchens it is a culture

People make working at PREP’s Shared Kitchen Fun!

shared kitchens commercial kitchens it is a culture

PREP’s Shared Kitchen is always full of every type of food entrepreneur from Bakers, Caterers, Specialty Food Producers, Juice Manufacturers, food trucks and many more!

There is never a dull moment in PREP’s Shared Kitchen. You have the support of more than 100 food start up owners to share ideas, resources and success.  More than 200 businesses have been launched at PREP.  400+ jobs have been created here.  Don’t you want to be a part of this too?

 

Food Producers, Caterers and Food Truck Commissary Kitchens
Starting your own food business with PREP is a breeze.  We help with licensing and permitting.   Our website and social media is seen by thousands of people each week.  PREP has relationships with third party vendors who can help with any needs from recipe development, food safety training, packaging, labeling, marketing and much more!

Shared Kitchens PREP incubators

Bring out your ideas for that sauce, candy, jelly, beverage or mama’s famous recipe and launch your food business today.

PREP is a platform for Atlanta’s creative food entrepreneurs to achieve their aspirations in this local food centric area. Consumers want to see lists of ingredients that they can pronounce.  Many producers started after making products in their homes for family members with specific dietary restrictions. Word spread about these wonderful products and a business was born.

If you are ready to launch your food business, or accelerate your business to the next level, PREP is the place for you.  Give Michele a call @ 404-920-4150 Today!

 

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Facebook 101 and Facebook Business Pages – PREP Members Seminar

Shared kitchens Food Truck Catering PREP Atlanta

Facebook Marketing for Food Entrepreneurs

Save the Date – Thursday January 18th
Facebook Business 101 – 10 am 

facebook marketing shared kitchens

If all that you know about Facebook is what you see to the left, this is the class for you.  We will show you how to create a facebook page, and a facebook business page.  This session will last about 30 minutes with 30 minutes for questions and answers.

Bring your laptop or tablet, loaded with photos and information.  If you can turn on a computer, you can follow along as we walk you through this step by step!

Facebook Advanced – Maximizing your business presence – 11 am

Food trucks catering shared kitchens facebook seminar

Facebook seminars presented by JR Santos, PREP Co-founder and Director of First Impressions.

There is little doubt that your first encounter with PREP was on the internet.  All of PREP’s marketing and social media is done in house by JR and Doug Marranci.  With combined experience of 28 years of internet marketing and search engine optimization, we will walk you though creating your online Facebook presence.

This is a non-technical class.  
Anyone can do it!

This second session will dive into developing your Facebook Business Page, linking and using the tools to maximize the exposure that Facebook can bring to your business.

Internet marketing is constantly changing and evolving.  Following some simple steps will help keep you ahead of the curve, and contribute to your success in 2018!

This seminar is for PREP Members Only
and requires an RSVP.

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Seating is limited RSVP Today

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website wwwArt-Atlanta.com – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

PREP Members Mobile Food Service Meet & Greet

PREP Mobile Food Service Members,  Happy New Year!

Time to get the New Year off to a great start, and get ready for the best year ever!
Keep your calendar open Thursday January 11th from 3 – 5 pm
People eat out all year long!  Let’s discuss strategies for maximizing success in the Winter Season!
3 pm – Meet and Greet, get to know your PREP Family of Mobile Food Service Members.
3:45 pm – Basic Food Costing discussion tools – Discussion about PREP resources.
4:15 pm – Chef Daron, Island Chef Cafe, conversations about surviving the winter.
4:45 pm – TBD
Location will be at the PREP facility, exact location will be announced shortly.
We will schedule a follow up meeting for those not able to make this date.



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PREP Food Service Members, watch for information about a meet and greet coming soon!

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap Woodstock – Truck & Tap Alpharetta – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos!
Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

PREP Members Seminar – How to show up on Google! Tuesday January 16th 9 and 2 pm

Save the Date!
“Create your Google Listing”
Seminar for PREP Members only!

If you can turn on a laptop, you can do this!

On Tuesday January 16th at 9:00AM and again at 2:00PM,
Doug Marranci, Co-Founder/Director of Operations, will walk you through how to leverage the high density
of food based businesses at our address to help increase your exposure
on Google and in internet searches.

Tuesday January 16th – Choose one of two sessions – 9:00AM or 2:00PM

All that you need is a laptop or tablet.  Specific instructions will be emailed to all participants.

ALL PREP MEMBERS SHOULD DO THIS!
Food producers, caterers, bakers, chefs, food trucks, carts and trailers.

Many people pay upwards of $1000.00 for search engine marketing,
and you are never sure what you are getting.

Be sure and RSVP quickly as spaces are limited!


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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Selling online & Passport to Export conference

Selling Online & Passport to Export. Exclusively for PREP Members!

Location will be: ALIF Arab American Cultural Center – 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta 30340 (right next to PREP) Welcome Alif Members.

On October 18th PREP is having an online selling and Passport to Export conference. This conference will feature  online food broker, Food E Crave.  from 11 am – noon.  Mix and Mingle 12-1 – Passport to Export will be presented from 1-2:30pm.  You must RSVP and be a Member of PREP to attend. (RSVP Link at bottom of page)

There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and a break at noon with snacks and beverages.

FoodECrave

At FoodECrave, our goal is to connect foodies to the same quality meats and foods that restaurants, marketplaces and local food retailers have access to. It’s also to allow local small businesses that create delicious foods a place to sell those products.

We strive to provide the best quality of products and the best online shopping experience. Although we are just getting started, our goal is scale into the largest online marketplace in the country.

Perishable Shipping Solutions

Perishable Shipping Solutions (PSS) is a leader in perishable shipping and fulfillment services.  We believe that shipping perishable products can be both cost effective and environmentally responsible. We focus on growing new, small, and emerging businesses.

PSS was founded in 2015 to help small businesses capitalize on the recent explosion of on-line food shopping. Not only are people more comfortable with on-line shopping for nearly everything, foodies are increasingly seeking out unique products and artisan fare.

Passport to Export

Passport to Export is part of a regional Global Cities Initiative strategy to help grow companies through exports.  It is an informal, candid, roundtable discussion between companies that have export experience and companies that are interested in learning more about exports.  

1:00p – 1:30p Networking and snacks
1:30p – 1:35p Welcome by PREP Atlanta
1:35p – 1:45p Atlanta Metro Export Plan and why we support exports – John Kopanski, Executive Director, Georgia Middle Market Banking, Chase; UPS executive; Jen Yun, Manager, Global Business Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber manager
1:45p – 2:05p Introduction of participants
2:05p – 2:25p My Journey to Exports – experienced exporters from metro Atlanta
• Ben Carter, VP of Sales – Talero Tequila
• Keith Schroeder, Founder and CEO – High Road Craft Ice Cream

Participants discussion – facilitated by Rick Martin, Director of International Trade Center, Small Business Development Center and Priya Verma, International Trade Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development

• Perceptions of exporting
• Concerns about exporting
• Suggestions for increasing export activity
• What support is available

Passport to Exports is facilitated by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and is supported by Partnership Gwinnett and the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).

Barcode Warehouse, one of PREP’s preferred provider for Labels will sponsor an informational booth & snacks!

 

 

YOU MUST RSVP, AND YOU MUST ATTEND IF YOU RSVP.  There is limited seating, so please RSVP ASAP by clicking on this link:

Passport to Export – Food E Crave – RSVP Click Here

 

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap Woodstock – Truck & Tap Alpharetta – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos!
Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Fetch Truck Rental Now Available to PREP Members!

Fetch Truck Rental at PREP

Fetch and PREP partner to provide on-demand truck rental for upcoming culinary startups

Fetch Truck Rental at PREP

Fetch is thrilled to share that we’ve launched a new partnership with PREP Atlanta. Now, PREP Atlanta members have 24/7 access to Fetch hourly and daily truck rentals onsite at PREP.

Through our work with growing culinary startups such as Sifted, we’ve gotten to know the PREP team and seen the amazing work they’re doing in helping culinary startups to quickly launch their products. PREP helps these companies by providing all of the infrastructure they need to launch and grow. No worrying about equipment or licenses – PREP handles everything.

For many food startups, one of the key ingredients to their infrastructure is transportation. It’s too costly, and it simply takes too much time, to purchase a company truck or van. And, a personal vehicle doesn’t provide the cargo space required for large deliveries.

By having Fetch vehicles available onsite at PREP, members can now access our cargo vans 24/7, renting them for as little as an hour at a time. Because there’s no physical office that needs to be open to rent a Fetch truck (your phone unlocks the truck!), Fetch fits perfectly within the chaotic, off-hours schedule of a culinary entrepreneur.

We’re delighted that the PREP team has partnered with Fetch, and we’re even happier to assist the incredible companies at PREP in continuing their growth.

You can view details about our truck at PREP and rent a truck by the hour or day anytime through the Fetch website.

Truck Rental PREP

See original blog post about truck rental at PREP by Adam Steinberg on the Fetch website Click Here

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Hurricane Relief Aid for Puerto Rico – Open your hearts

Please contribute goods!  Our friends and PREP family, Cuchifritos Puerto Rican Eatery, are working to help the thousands of their Puerto Rican brothers and sisters who were affected by the recent Hurricane that caused widespread devastation and left the entire island without power.

We have an opportunity as a community to come together and help Cuchifritos help the people who need it most.

They are working on logistics with several transportation companies to get the items to the Island.

Watch a video on 11 Alive Click Here

Learn more about “Cuchifritos Puerto Rican Eatery”  More about Cuchifritos Click Here. 

Let’s all get together and help by giving until it hurts.

PREP and Truck & Tap is are drop off points for items that are needed.

For questions, please call our volunteer phone coordinators and they will answer any questions.  Call Erika 404.414.5105 or
Tara 404.644.6251. Thanks to our volunteers for taking the tremendous number of calls that we are receiving!

Truck & Tap in Woodstock is also a drop off point for relief items.
Bring them to Truck & Tap – 8640 Main Street, Woodstock Georgia, 30188

Doug
PREP Cook Create Connect
3300 Marjan Drive, Atlanta GA 30340
404-920-4150

PREP  (404) 920-4150

PREP is an Amazon Fresh Pickup Point – Increase your sales!

Amazon Fresh Local Market PREP Atlanta

PREP is being approved by Amazon Fresh Local Market!

Amazon Fresh at PREP

PREP is proud to announce that PREP will be a daily pickup point
for producers who want to sell on the
New Amazon Fresh Local Market program in atlanta.

Amazon Fresh – Most of your awesome products will be a good fit for this platform. Doug Marranci will help you figure out what products will work.  Maybe you might even make a product just for this opportunity.   If you make Anything, come check it out.  Chefs, Caterers, Specialty Food Producers. ANYONE WHO MAKES A GREAT FOOD PRODUCT.  (Maybe even a food truck)

Increase your sales on a daily basis. Control your sales quantity. Make more money.

This week, appointments are available for PREP Members.

Tomorrow, Tuesday July 25th at 10 am, and again next Tuesday, August 1st at 1 pm, I will be meeting with interested Members to discuss how this works.  Even if you don’t have a product that you think will work, let’s talk.  This might be worth developing a product for the site.

Please call JR to reserve your spot.

This is an excellent opportunity for All PREP Members to participate.  Take a look below to see some of the items that are currently available on Amazon Fresh Local Market.

Amazon Fresh PREP Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Marranci | Director of Operations | PREP Cook | Create | Connect | 404.987.6958 (o) | www.prepatl.com

Amazon Fresh Local Market Click Here

Amazon Fresh Local Market – Specialty Foods and Prepared Foods Click Here

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WATCH FOR OUR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT OUR HUGE EXPANSION!

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook