PREP Atlanta announces $7 million expansion – AJC Article

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PREP Atlanta – The explosion of micro food businesses in Atlanta has given rise to a multitude of shared kitchen spaces that provide production space, resources and guidance to area culinary entrepreneurs…

Such growth continues with PREP’s announcement today of expansion plans. The Atlanta-based shared kitchen facility and culinary incubator has acquired 68,000 square feet of space at the office park adjacent to its current facility at 3300 Marjan Drive, near the intersection of Interstates 85 and 285.
Plans call for creating a campus-style enviroment for its culinary tenants.The first phase of the development is a $7 million project to convert one of two buildings at the Presidential Commons office park into 33,000 square feet of culinary production space called PREP2.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2017. The company hopes to make the space available to PREP members by mid-2017. No timeline has been set for converting the second of the two buildings into additional space for culinary use.“After two and a half years of operation, we’ve been able to accelerate companies that they get to a point where they are now wanting their own facility,” said Mitch Jaffe, PREP co-founder, CEO and CFO.“PREP2 is the next level space for our successful companies where they can now have their own dedicated 24-hour space.”PREP2 will house 19 mobile food service operators and will also have

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16 commercial production kitchens for small-to- medium-sized businesses in need of a manufacturing facility, catering or central commissary operations, Jaffe said.

The shared kitchen facility and food business accelerator currently houses 112 small food companies. Members include specialty food producers, catering companies and mobile food service operators.

Members are given 24-hour access to food production and storage space. They can also utilize a business center and conference area and save time and money by using PREP’s in-house procurement program to purchase wholesale food and supplies.

The culinary industry job count at PREP is estimated to be about 350 jobs. PREP2 is expected to add between 250 and 400 jobs to Atlanta’s culinary industry.

PREP was founded by Jaffe, his wife Michele Jaffe, Doug Marranci and JR Santos. It opened doors in June 2014 and is now the largest food truck commissary in the Southeast, having played a role in launching more than 40 food trucks.

PREP has also helped in the start-up of 110 locally produced food products and more than 30 catering and prepared meal companies in Atlanta.

Among the local food businesses who got their start at PREP are Bellina Alimentari and Nine Mile Station. Both companies worked out of PREP for training and menu development prior to opening in Ponce City Market. Other names from Atlanta’s food scene who used PREP as a starting point include Refuge Coffee Company, Wanderlust Coffee, Queen of Cream, Emerald City Bagels, Verdant Kitchens, Real Meal Delivery, Sifted, Homespun ATL and Harvest Soul.

“The story of PREP Atlanta, to me, is the story of the companies we help,” Jaffe said. “They came to PREP in their infancy and we helped accelerate them.”

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This article was written by Ligaya Figueras and is in the Atlanta Journal Constitution – Read original article Click Here

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PREP Atlanta 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

 

So you have a great recipe? Calling all Food Entrepreneurs!

PREP can simplify your recipe for success!

PREP Cook | Create | Connect ® is a food business accelerator and unique shared kitchen facility. PREP supports, provides resources for, and serves as the food production home to a rising class of culinary entrepreneurs. PREP features state-of-the-art, commercial-quality, shared kitchen dedicated production spaces,
food business growth resources, procurement, and hands-on guidance. See PREP’s specialty food producers, chefs, bakers,caterers, food trucks, and the next generation of food artisans.

Do you have the next big idea, and what it takes to bring a great product to market?

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 Some Current Members Examples of PREP’s existing 105 member companies include thriving and growing Atlanta favorites like:

  • Emerald City Bagels — A maker of NY-style bagels available at coffee shops and restaurants like Octane, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Home Grown, Argosy, and many more.
  • Sifted — Founded by owners with technology backgrounds, Sifted has offices in Atlanta and Nashville, and they partner with the city’s best chefs to deliver pop-up lunches to companies.
  • Capstone Foods — maker of artisan salsas, with specialty chilies sourced from New Mexico. Sold throughout the Southeast at Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts, Earth Fare, and more.
  • Tasting Maine — a top Atlanta food truck in which all ingredients, from fresh lobster to sodas to desserts, are sourced directly from Maine.

(click here for a full list of PREP Members)

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 Many of PREP’s members have gone on to open spaces of their own, and chefs often choose PREP as a space to experiment and hone dishes for their restaurant menus before opening a brick-and-mortar. Bellina Alimentari—the Italian restaurant and market inside Ponce City Market—developed many of their recipes and menu inside PREP’s shared kitchen. Queen of Cream, the popular Atlanta ice cream parlor that opened in Old Fourth Ward last year, started at PREP. Wanderlust, a cold brew coffee maker, has grown to offer small-batch cold brew to restaurants and grocers throughout Atlanta and in Birmingham, and the company is moving into a production space of its own.
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Bring on your best recipes and lets get cooking!

PREP’s concept and custom-designed amenities raise the bar for shared kitchen space. The facility provides resources conducive to the growth and success of members from specialty food producers and caterers to bakers and food trucks. With a fully equipped 10-station commercial kitchen, four specialized production kitchens, and the only shared kitchen certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, USDA, FDA and Department of Health, PREP is as specialized as it is functional. The space features 36 fully certified commissaries for mobile food operators and food trucks, as well as a studio production kitchen, work stations, conference room, loading/receiving and cold and dry storage. PREP’s members also have access to business services like marketing support, aid in applying for permits and certifications, leadership training, and access to booking agents and food distributors.

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Watch for our announcement about our huge expansion next week!

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

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

How to Start a Food Truck? Food Truck 101! Saturday June 13th 1-4 pm.

How to start a Food Truck Business

PREP is hosting a
Street Food 101 Workshop

How to start a Food Truck

Saturday, June 13th, 2015
1 pm – 4 pm

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Street Food 101 is an in-depth workshop designed to guide you through the ins and outs of mobile food entrepreneurship in metro Atlanta.

If your dream is to start a food truck, trailer, or cart, but are mystified by the various permitting processes, business financing, and other issues facing street food start ups, this class is for you.

The Atlanta Street Food Coalition will help you learn how to jump through the legal and permitting hoops and send you off with all the insider information you need to start your very own street food business.  The course will cover the dos and don’ts of social media and internet marketing and provide an opportunity to pick the brain of Atlanta’s premier service providers to the food truck industry.

This workshop is a “must do” for anyone considering an entry into the street food industry – Learn How to Start a Food Truck – if you are interested in participating, please register Today!

Agenda:

 12:30pm – Doors Open

1:00pm – Introduction and Rules and Regulations, and Legal Aspects of Small Business Ownership by Greg Smith

  • Learn the ins and outs of permitting and the legal steps necessary to operate a mobile food service unit in metro Atlanta
  • Get insider tips on using your truck for catering and special event operations

3:00pm – Social Media and Marketing for Mobile Vendors by Scott Smallwood

Further Presentations – TBD

Info on Presenter

Greg Smith is the President of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and a practicing attorney specializing in small business matters.

Scott Smallwood is the Director of Marketing and Media with Creaxion.

Atlanta Street Food Coalition on Facebook –  ASFC on Twitter!

 

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

Fresh Promise – Locally sourced foods to be produced at PREP

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 Fresh Promise Foods to Begin Production of New Locally-sourcedWholesome Consumer Products

Company Establishes Strategic Partnership with Atlanta-based PREP Shared Kitchen – Locally sourced foods.

ATLANTA / ACCESSWIRE / March 5, 2014 / Fresh Promise Foods, Inc. (otcqb:FPFI) a developer, processor and marketer of healthy, better-for-you food products, is pleased to announce that it has signed a long-term membership agreement with PREP Shared Kitchens, a state-of-the-art, fully certified, commercial kitchen facility. Fresh Promise Foods will be the anchor tenant and strategic partner for PREP’s first facility located in Atlanta, Georgia. PREP’s concept, facility and amenities are designed to meet the specific needs of each of its members, ultimately becoming a culinary haven for all types of food artisans.

“After learning about PREP’s unique capabilities through a friend and local chef, I saw a possible long-term partner in developing high quality, locally-sourced food and beverage products,” said CEO Kevin P. Quirk. “Their desire towards more locally sourced “artisan” companies, along with their own internal growth plans that overlap nicely with ours, makes them the perfect company for us to forge a relationship. Equally important is the quality of PREP’s other members which can provide us an acquisition pipeline, as well as, PREP’s ability to centralize procurement with suppliers, building buying power and improved margins,” concluded Quirk.

According to PREP Co-Founder Michele Jaffe, “We look forward to a prosperous partnership with Fresh Promise Foods as our anchor PREP member.” Continued Jaffe, “Kevin and his team share our vision to build and support local food businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs by providing state-of-the-art commercial kitchen space, resources, and guidance. Fresh Promise not only comes into our community as a member, but as a strategic resource to us and our other members. Their business and marketing background is unparalleled,” concluded Jaffe.

PREP is fully licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture and by the DeKalb County Environmental Health Department.

Fresh Promise Foods will be updating the public on the branding, launch date and launch venue of its first product in the very near future.

About Fresh Promise Foods Inc.:

Based in Atlanta, Ga, Fresh Promise Foods, Inc. and its subsidiaries seek to be the catalyst to a better quality of life by offering health and wellness food and beverage solutions that make sense and fit into the everyday lives of all consumers. Focused on three key strategic areas, food technology, consumer products and value added, Fresh Promise Foods will set itself apart from the competition by marrying innovative technology and product development with perceptive marketing and sales service strategy. http://www.freshpromisefoods.com/

About PREP:

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 local, small food businesses in Metro Atlanta, by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance. PREP’s members consist of a broad range of talented and creative class of entrepreneurs including: Specialty food producers, bakers, 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 http://www.prepatl.com/ .

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Fresh Promise – Locally sourced foods to be produced at PREP in Atlanta Georgia