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Doug Marranci Founder and Director of Operations

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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 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

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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

Food Trucks, Caterers, Food Producers Oh My!

PREP on Facebook!

PREP Shared Kitchens, Dedicated Kitchens, Catering Kitchens and More!

Enjoy this photo collage that includes photos of some of our Food Producers in the house today! Find out more about them by clicking on the links below.

Harvest SoulGloriosaS3 Catering  – Jazztowne Food Factory – The Loaded Burger – Tasting MaineTwelve Sixty OneC’est Tout Bon 2 Eat

PREPThe Breakfast JeanieEast Wave Fusion


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 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 shared-use commercial 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!

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Caramel Bacon Popcorn – Specialty Food Producers

PREP Shared Kitchens for Specialty Food Producers - Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Specialty Food Producers: bring your products to market @ PREP

I love popcorn!  Imagine Bacon Caramel Corn. The warm feeling of eating this sinful delight is even still fresh in my mind. Last week I had the opportunity to try Bacon Caramel Popcorn for the first time. This was at the opening of a wonderful new restaurant called Ration & Dram.

I was fascinated by the ideas of the owner Andy Minchow.  The restaurant will feature fresh sodas, and on premises canning of vegetables and various types of relish and unique pickles for use in his restaurant.

What does this have to do with PREP?

Andy can sell his specialty food items at the restaurant, and even at local farmers markets, but you will not find them at Whole Foods, or your local independent market. PREP makes this dream of widespread distribution a reality!

PREP is a unique commercial kitchen facility for food entrepreneurs.

Specialty foods like Andy’s can be produced at PREP. These specialty food items can be sold to stores and distributors all over the world!

Specialty Food Producers can get started under Georgia Cottage Food Industry regulations. This is an excellent way to get started with limited selling to friends and at farmers markets. When you are ready to go to full market, PREP is here for you.

With PREP, it is easy for you to launch your specialty food products!

Rather than spending your time and $$$ outfitting a facility to Department of Agriculture standards, we have done the work for you.  Our facility is licensed and approved for use by FDA, USDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture and Health Department Food Producers.

With your membership at PREP, Doug Marranci, Director of Operations will guide you through the regulatory process you so you can quickly get cooking and do what you do best, while leaving the facility management to us.

Ready to Join PREP as a Specialty Food Producer?
Call 404-920-4150 today!
www.PREPatl.com

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