Article in Voyage Atlanta featuring Doug Marranci Co-Founder PREP

Doug Marranci Founder and Director of Operations

Meet Doug Marranci of PREP Cook | Create | Connect in Spaghetti Junction

Doug Marranci Founder and Director of Operations

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doug Marranci.

Doug has been in the restaurant industry for 35-years. As a child he worked in his family’s food service business, and his passion for the industry followed him into adulthood. He has owned and operated seven restaurants in the Carolinas, and was involved in the conceptualization of numerous restaurant ventures, which ran the gamut from coffee houses to upscale Mediterranean dining.  After leaving the food service business to start a Real Estate Brokerage company.

In 2010, Doug was given the task of leasing a local commissary kitchen space, and quickly discovered that there was a large and growing demand in Metro Atlanta for commissary kitchen space and shared kitchen facilities. After hearing stories from disparate food producers who were unexpectedly put out of business due to changes in food service regulations, Doug devoted himself to sharing his vast store of restaurant operational and promotional experience to help this unsupported group of small food business owners.

After working on the business and plan for 2 years, Doug and his partner JR Santos met up with Mitch and Michele Jaffe, and after two more years of planning, PREP was born. PREP’s goal is to eliminate the barriers to entry in starting a food business, and to provide food business acceleration services and facility resources.

Has it been a smooth road?
There were many false starts while trying to launch this new business. We worked with other food facilities to provide operators with a place to produce, but the reality was that this project would need to be built from the ground up. Navigating the rules and regulations of the FDA, USDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture and State and County Environmental health was a daunting task that took more than a year to put together into a plan.

Bringing products to market is daunting for PREP Members, and Doug has helped these startup food companies partner with amazing growth opportunities.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with PREP Cook | Create | Connect – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
With a great food idea or concept, PREP makes it easy to get started in the food business. We handle all of the permitting with our Members, as well as reducing the financial barriers to starting a food business. We have helped accelerate more than 200 food businesses. We provide all of the resources necessary so our Members don’t have to re-invent the wheel.

PREP is one of the only food accelerators that are permitted by every food authority (FDA, USDA, GDA and Environmental Health). These authorities refer people to us when they call to get information. That is the one of highest compliments that could be given to PREP!

PREP has had many Members graduate and move on to their own production facilities. Many of our Members have been on Oprah’s Favorites list, and many have won national and international contracts based on operating at PREP.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Doug’s love for Atlanta stems from the vibrant food scene. From fine dining to chicken joints, as well as the Farmers Markets all over the area. There is a great mix of cultures in Atlanta, which makes the available ingredients in Atlanta is phenomenal.

There is nothing Doug loves more than sitting down 1 on 1 with PREP Members to work on business development. Even just the simplest ideas will turn into a wealth of resources to help these budding entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Doug loves tenacity. The most fun people to work with have jumped into their business with both feet, and have a “can do” and a never give up attitude.

I imagine that many people answer this one the same, I least like driving around Atlanta. Rush hour is, well, always hour.

Contact Info:

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’s Culture is People! Shared Kitchens – Food Producers

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People make working at PREP’s Shared Kitchen Fun!

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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

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

PREP Members Success 2016!

PREP Celebrates Members success going into their
second year of operations, graduating to their own locations,
and we welcome all of our new Members!

 

PREP is where you can bring your culinary dreams to life!

PREP Cook | Create | Connect ® opened in May 2014 with one goal in mind: to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs. Specialty food producers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans, have all of their needs met in one place.PREP is the only shared kitchen facility in the U.S. that is under the authority of the USDA, FDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture, State Health Department and Dekalb County Health Department.Call 404-920-4150 for more information!

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The PREP facility consists of:

  • A fully certified, 10-station, shared-use, commercial kitchen for specialty food producers
  • Four dedicated kitchens for USDA meat producers and gluten free product production, and members who require privacy
  • 36 fully certified, dedicated, base of operations for food truck operators
  • A full service onsite wholesale food and supply procurement operation which saves members time and money
  • Studio Production Kitchen
  • Business Center/Conference Room

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept which was established with one goal in mind – to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta, by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs, including: 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 – Take a Tour of PREP

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

New Restaurant Test Kitchen, Let PREP help PRE-Opening

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Opening a Restaurant?  Let PREP be your test kitchen.
Contact PREP Atlanta..  404-920-4150

Use our Test Kitchen for your Recipe Testing and Development
Product Development, Staff Training, Team Building
and much more!

Get ready for your customers BEFORE you open to the public.

Do you have a special product that you want to bring to the wholesale and retail market?
PREP is licensed by the USDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture and the GA Dept of Health.

www.PREPatl.com
3300 Marjan Drive
Atlanta GA 30340
i-85/I-285 ITP, 15 minutes from most areas of Atlanta.

 

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

 

Tour PREP’s Unique Shared Kitchen Facility – Meet & Greet

tour PREP’s Unique Shared Commercial Kitchen Facility

Join us on Thursday, April 16th at 10:30 am or 3 pm

If becoming a food entrepreneur is what you want, PREP is the place to be!   Come and tour PREP next week and find out what the buzz is all about.

Take a look at all of the wonderful specialty food producers, food trucks, bakers and more that make their home at PREP Click Here

Spring is in the air and now is the time to come out and see our wonderful state of the art Commercial Shared Kitchens, Show Kitchens, Commissary/Base of Operations, PREP Food Coop and everything else that PREP has to offer.

Registration is required and space is limited, Click Here to register for one of these tours.

 

PREP Shared Kitchen Tours

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept which was 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, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs. These include: 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 – Take a Tour of PREP

Shared Kitchen Facility Helps Bring your Food to Market

PREP Shared Kitchens State of the art Commercial Kitchen Facility

Get ready for our state-of-the-art shared kitchen facility – 60 feet of hoods going up!

We at PREP, a commercial shared kitchen facility, know that everyone has a wonderful recipe for special occasions – something your friends are asking you to cook some for their dinner party. Now you are taking orders and delivering your food all over the city.  You want to take it to the next level and bring your excellent product to the public markets. Where do you begin?  How do you get started?

Introducing PREP Cook | Create | Connect, your new home in a State of the Art Commercial Shared Kitchen, opening soon, where you can produce under the Department of Agriculture in order to sell your product to the public.

Take a look at the labels next time you go into Whole Foods pick up some products and notice that many of them are produced locally by small producers.  They are likely operating in shared kitchen facilities like PREP.

PREP is your all in one solution to realizing your food entrepreneurial dreams! Now is the time to bring that food product to market! Food Entrepreneurs Unite @ PREP Atlanta.

What are you cooking today?

PREP Cook | Create | Connect – Construction Update

PREP Atlanta's Shared Kitchen Construction Updates

PREP’s construction is in high gear.  

We have gone vertical and 80% of our framing is complete! All underground plumbing within the building is complete, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough in is underway.

 

Construction Updates at PREP

PREP Cook | Create | Connect 

State of the Art Shared Kitchen Facility
in Atlanta Georgia

404-920-4150

construction update: 02/26/2014

Construction on PREP’s shared kitchen has begun!

Breaking ground at PREP!

Construction on PREP’s shared kitchen has begun!

Its been a long time coming and a lot of hard to work to make PREP a reality, but we’ve broken ground and looking forward to opening in a few months.  Thanks for all your interest and support.

Watch for updates coming soon!


PREP is a state of the art co-working facility providing Shared Kitchens, Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks, Food Service Operators, Studio/Event Kitchen and Wholesale Food and Supply Procurement. PREP provides the means necessary for Food Entrepreneurs to further their goals in a professional commercial kitchen environment.

MORE THAN JUST A COMMERCIAL SHARED KITCHEN.

The PREP facility consists of:

  • A fully certified, multi-stationed, shared-use, commercial kitchen for specialty food producers
  • Dedicated kitchens for USDA meat producers and gluten free product production
  • 36 fully certified, dedicated, base of operations for food trucks
  • A full service onsite wholesale food and supply procurement operation
  • Studio production kitchen
  • Business Center
  • Conference Room

In lieu of traditional contracts, PREP offers membership packages to the commercial shared kitchen, catering kitchen and the mobile food service operator dedicated bases of operation.  Each membership package varies in price, initiation fee and applicable amenity offerings, and is based on either hourly usage of the shared-use commercial kitchen and studio kitchen or size of the base of operation being rented.

Call today so you too can begin your career as a food producer at PREP!

404-920-4150