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

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

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?