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Why Your Farm-to-Table Restaurant Needs a 2nd Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You have an exciting farm-to-table restaurant, which means you already have a commercial kitchen and the future looks bright for you. There couldn’t be a better time for farm-to-table experiences from tourism, health, and environmental perspectives. It’s also a foodie trend in Ontario.

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Topics: Food Production

Food Products You'd Be Surprised to Know Can Be Made in a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It’s amazing what you can find at a local farmers’ market. The creativity and the imagination of food entrepreneurs is fascinating. Food products range from the wildest barbecue sauces to every flavour of popcorn imaginable. The local food movement is wide open for business, and in a commercial kitchen, you can make just about anything.

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Topics: Food Production

Whole Food Product Entrepreneurs Need a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’re currently on a whole foods diet, you want your food as minimally processed as possible. Raw is Rawesome.

It would seem at odds that a commercial kitchen would appeal to those who want foods to be as close to their natural state as possible. After all, a commercial kitchen is a place you go to process food, right?

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Topics: Food Production

Northumberland County’s Commercial Kitchen Gives You the Help You Need

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Northumberland County is an agricultural-based community in south-eastern Ontario. Due to the increasing demand for and popularity of local food, Northumberland County started the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre to provide area farmers with a place to process the products they produced but could not sell directly. Conveniently located on the 401 between Toronto and Kingston, OAFVC is easily accessible.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

Should You Become A Food Product Supplier?

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever had an idea for a food product but can’t find a manufacturer to make it? Or maybe you’re often trying to find a specific product for your food production business but have a difficult time doing so. Perhaps it’s time to consider manufacturing it yourself. There is a strong possibility that if your food production business needs it so will others, so why not fill that gap and become a food product supplier?

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Topics: Food Production

What’s in a Food Processing Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A commercial kitchen is used for efficient processing of larger batches of foods. Typically, commercial kitchens include equipment for canning, fermenting, and dehydrating foods. The equipment tends to be larger and must meet all federal and provincial health standards. In the commercial facilities at the Ontario Agri-Food Centre (OAFVC), several rooms are available for booking. We recommend starting with a half-day trial run to see how our space works for your business.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

Free Business Consulting for Starting or Expanding Your Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

For businesses looking to use our facility, staff at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) are available to discuss your external funding applications, product, packaging, and business development needs, self-study analysis, and to give general business advice. In conjunction with the Business Advisory Centre Northumberland, and our many other partners, you can get your business-services help for free.

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Topics: Food Business

Small-Scale Food Processing Made Easy in a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Small-scale food processing requires one person (or a small team) to know a lot about a variety of subjects. From biology and chemistry to health and safety - it’s a lot to absorb. But with OAFVC, you have an important ally in your quest to turn your passion for food into a food processing business.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen, Food Processing

Improve Food Packaging Standards by Using a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Food packaging has many jobs.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen, Food Packaging

The Best Way to Start a Food Production Business

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Small-scale food production is a growing business.

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Topics: Food Production

Can My Small-Farm Food Production Business Afford a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Small businesses, especially small-farm food product businesses, have tight margins. Profit is not always consistent, making planning for the long term difficult. Without a consistent income, it can be hard to lock into long term space or equipment leases. 

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Topics: Food Production

What Kind of Commitment Do You Have to Make to a Shared Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A place to cook, process, store, develop, and package for your small business seems too good to be true? Believe it or not, such a place does exist. Shared commercial kitchens are an ideal way to take your start-up food production business to a larger customer base. 

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen