Running your own agri-food business is an incredibly rewarding venture.
You get to:
- be your own boss
- do something you are passionate about
- enjoy the variety of tasks that come with operating your own business
- express your creativity
- make your customers happy
But one of the greatest benefits of a small agri-food business is your ability to control your business's environmental impact. Growing your company, it might feel like your business's small environmental footprint will be sacrificed during expansion. But it doesn't have to be that way if you have the right help.
Commercial kitchens can:
- minimize your business’s environmental footprint
- actually save you money
- allow you to exert control over your environmental impact
- allow you more space for larger production (yay for growth!)
How Exactly Does A Commercial Kitchen Lighten Your Environmental Footprint?
If you work in a commercial kitchen like Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC), you will lessen the impact a small food production business can have on the environment and save yourself time and money.
At OAFVC your food products stay fresher, longer, and create less waste with equipment like a:
- flash freezer (a small freezer that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze food quickly to stop nutrient deterioration)
- blast freezer (large walk in freezer to store products)
- temperature controlled dry storage
With temperature and quality controlled environments for storage needs, your small batch food processing creates less waste and keeps your product fresher for longer. And proper storage ensures that you minimize wastage.
Using OAFVC’s energy efficient equipment, such as convection ovens and steam kettles, is also more environmentally friendly than using conventional ones.
And when you use the commercial kitchen at OAFVC you won’t have to drive around from place to place to access the range of services and equipment needed to run an agri-food business. At OAFVC agri-food services and equipment are provided on site to meet the needs of your growing business. OAFVC services include access to:
- a commercial kitchen
- gas appliances
- a flash freezer
- a double-stacked convection oven
OAFVC Also Saves Your Business Time and Money
Your ability to mass produce your product at a shared commercial kitchen like OAFVC means you reduce the impact your small food business has on the environment. But you will also be able to create more products in less time: this saves you time and money while curbing excessive energy consumption that is collectively, and over time, detrimental to the environment.
With so many operational and environmental benefits of working in a commercial kitchen, it’s an affordable way to take your agri-food business to the next level and minimize your environmental impact while doing so.
At OAFVC you can rent the commercial kitchen for either a half-day or a full-day. Save time, money, and the environment and book a trial session at OAFVC.
Curious About Expanding Your Agri-Food Business in a Commercial Kitchen?
Download this infographic to learn more about what you’ll find in a commercial kitchen.