From the Kansas State Department of Agriculture “Commercial Kitchens are food facilities that have multiple users that can be a good resource for small food business startups. The overhead costs of using an incubator kitchen can be much lower than renovating, building, or renting a facility. Many incubator kitchens also have commercial equipment that might be cost prohibitive for a small startup. For “cottage food” (foods made at home for sale directly to the end consumer) businesses, the incubator kitchen provides a separation from personal use kitchens”.
- Commercial Kitchens can be a non-profit or for-profit operation
- Commercial Kitchens sometimes have a waiting list due to lack of capacity
- Commercial Kitchens are sometimes an ideal place to be educated in cooking or baking
- Some Commercial Kitchens have extended services (mentoring, sales efforts, etc) while most do not
- A Food Innovation Center is usually associated with a college or an incubator