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Commercial Kitchen Space


Rent-by-the-hour certified commercial kitchen spaces are now available to retail food businesses & food product manufacturers in Acadiana.

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Commercial Kitchen Space


Rent-by-the-hour certified commercial kitchen spaces are now available to retail food businesses & food product manufacturers in Acadiana.

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Acadiana Commissary Kitchen

First shift free! For retail food establishments in Acadiana. Free use of our equipment to scale up your operations.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS HERE

 

Acadiana Incubator Kitchen

First shift free! For wholesale food manufacturers in Acadiana. Free use of our equipment to scale up your operations.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS HERE

 

Virtual Restaurants: New Concept opportunity

"Partnership with Waitr could also help spin up experiments in new restaurant concepts. Consider the high costs of opening a restaurant — the property, the inventory and the marketing just to name a few. In McMath’s vision, an aspiring restaurateur could rent space to spin up a new kind of pop-up dinner in the form of a virtual restaurant. For a few nights per week, the chef would do his cooking in the legally required commissary. He’d flip a switch within the Waitr software to signal to the public that the restaurant was available on a given night (presumably with some solid word-of-mouth backing it up.) Then, people could order the full menu for delivery directly from Acadiana Commissary Kitchen. A successful few weekends via Waitr could help an entrepreneur make a good business case for his concept to a lender.

This would enable a perspective restaurateur to test his concept before a huge investment and maybe gain some credit they could leverage into their own location in the future, without the upfront risk of a full restaurant build out and lease. Failure via this model would be much cheaper than going all-in and opening a restaurant. It could be a simple way for budding chefs to prove out their offerings in Lafayette, one of the most crowded culinary marketplaces in the world."

- Zack McMath, ABiz October 2016

 

Additional Referral Services

Web-Development, Branding, Marketing,  Business Consulting Services, Cost Analyses, Food Safety, & Sales Training

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AIK Punch List


Checklist & Resources

AIK Punch List


Checklist & Resources

FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS

Acadiana Incubator Kitchen is a certified food production facility. Entrepreneurs launching or expanding upon a food manufacturing business can rent kitchen facilities on an ongoing basis. In order to use our facility, you must be a food business with proper regulatory agency and insurance paperwork. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is important that primary contact be between the food business and Dept. of Health & Hospitals (DHH). It is important for food business to understand all label, certification, and permitting requirements that pertain to its product. Acadiana Food Hub can serve to assist you but will not enter into discussions with DHH about your product.

  1. Submit an email inquiry using Kitchen Application Form.  We will respond to you within 3 business days!
  2. Attend a Tour of the Kitchen Facility
  3. All products made at Acadiana Incubator Kitchen must have labels approved by DHH prior to production and sales. (Continued explanation in step #5) 
    1. Gather Information on your Food Product prior to contacting Louisiana Dept. of Health & Hospitals (DHH). Information to have ready includes: 
      1. Product Type - for example, is it a baked good, jarred, pickled, etc.
      2. Production Methods - what equipment will be used to make it? 
    2. Contact DHH with the above information to learn about label, certification, and permitting requirements - http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/directory/detail/4525
  4. Starting Your Business
    1. Determine the Type of Business: Example: Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Corporation 
    2. Register Business with the Louisiana Secretary of State 
      1. Go to https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/ 
      2. Reserve a name for your business. 
      3. Obtain a Federal Identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (http://www.irs.gov
      4. Then register your business with the Secretary of State
    3. We recommend you set up a commercial checking account to keep your business separate from your personal expenses. 
    4. As you prepare to sell you may need to other account numbers such as: 
      1. Sales Tax ID Number and tax forms for any Parish you have sales.
        1. Go to www.revenue.louisiana.gov and click on “business registration” to file online or to download an application.
  5. Create Product Labels
    1. Draft labels will be sent to DHH for review and submission to the DHH for approval ($27 per label).
    2. Guidance on Labels:
      1. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutritio n/ucm064880.htm 
      2. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/labeling
    3. You may want to apply for a “Certified Product of Louisiana”, “Certified Cajun Product of Louisiana” or “Certified Creole Product of Louisiana” logo for labels. Application for License to Use Certified Logos -- http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Application-for-License-to-Use-Certified-Logos.pdf
  6. Purchase Universal Product Code (UPC)
    1. Your product needs to have a UPC to be sold in supermarkets and large retail stores. We recommend the following companies to ensure you purchase and authentic and authorized UPC: 
      1. Simply Barcodes, www.simplybarcodes.net, 877-768-4977 
      2. Instant UPC Codes, www.instantupccodes.com, 877-UPC-3099  
  7. Product Testing
    1. Get products tested for pH and water activity (if required). Nutritional Panel is optional for a new company. Some products may require a Processing Authority Review; DHH will let you know. 
    2. We have partnered with the Food Science Department of Louisiana State university to offer guidance on food manufacturing. They offer product testing and processing authority review for a fee. 
      1. Please contact gsandoz@agcenter.lsu.edufor more information.
    3. Please Note: Other testing and Processing Authority Review is acceptable (check with DHH)
  8. Attend Food Safety Certification Classes (estimated $200)
    1. AIK requires tenants participate in a recognized training and food compliance program ensuring that the facility is operating in accordance with safe food handling and preparation practices and standards. Current ServSafe certificate (or something comparable) is acceptable. 
      1. Click here for a list of classes on the DHH website
      2. Louisiana Restaurant Association - Click here for events list.
    2. Food production of thermally processed low acid and acidified foods equires the completion of Better Process Control School 
      1. ○ LSU Ag 4 day class - $875
        1. https://store.lsuagcenter.com/p-187-better-process-control-school.aspx
      2. Available online UC Irvin California (accepted nationwide) - $400 –
        1. http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Better_Process_Control_School_Online/
          1. http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Better_Process_Control_School_Online/FAQ_for_BPCS_Online_Course/#filing
      3. Better Process Control School at University of Tennessee $550 - Available online here.
  9. Processing & Recall Plans for Products
    1. All food manufacturers are required to submit written food processing and recall plans that document all steps in the manufacturing process and preparations. Tenants of our facility need to submit written Food Processing and Food Recall Plans to us prior to starting kitchen use. 
      1. Look at Title 51, Part VI of the Louisiana Administrative Code - §125. Food Processing Plan, §127. Food Recall Plan, §129. Laboratory Test Reporting Requirements and Additional Test Mandate -- http://dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/sanitarian/fooddrug/PartVIofTitle51.pdf 
      2. Please note: DHH may require you to have a Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Plan (HACCP) if you are producing juice or seafood products. 
  10. Product Liability Insurance
    1. Your business is required to carry $1,000,000 occurrence product liability and $2,000,000 aggregate general liability.
    2. Costs could be approximately $400-950 per year. Below we recommend FLIP. 
      1. Food Liability Insurance Program, 888-568-0548, http://www.fliprogram.com/ 
        1. Contact zack@mcmathfoodgroups.com for assistance potential member savings.
  11. Employees
    1. If hiring employees, you will need Workers’ Compensation.
    2. Please contact the Louisiana Restaurant Association for information.
  12. Contact DHH to schedule your inspection at AIK in order to issue a permit to operate. 
    1. Estimated cost per year $175, may vary according to specifics of permit.
  13. Obtain Lafayette Parish Permits (Note: these permits should be obtained after DHH permit is issued) 
    1.    Permit for Occupancy: Form here
      1. For more information and business resources, go to Lafayettela.gov
      2. The permanent fee will allow a business to operate, the temporary fee will not allow the business to be in operation
    2.  Sales and Tax Use Form: Form here
      1. For more information, go to LPSS Online
      2. Sales Tax Registration Application Form
  14. Register with The Food Corridor
    1. Upload your business license documents, your proof of liability insurance, and your ServSafe certificate to your profile.
    2. Set Acadiana Commissary Kitchen as your home kitchen.
    3. Download all kitchen policy documents.
    4. Schedule times for kitchen use.
  15. Provide Business Documents to AIK, Sign AIK Agreements, Pay Administrative Fee and Down Payment
    1. Business Documents: 
      1. DHH approved label 
      2. Processing Authority Test results (if needed) 
      3. Processing and Recall Plan 
      4. Certifications - ServSafe and others 
      5. Proof of Product Liability Insurance 
      6. Lafayette Parish Permits 
      7. Business Plan 
    2. Acadiana Incubator Kitchen Agreements (signed when applicable):
      1. Tenant Agreement 
      2. Storage Agreement 
      3. Confidentiality Agreement 
      4. Manufacturing Agreement 
    3. $100 Administrative Fee - Covers administrative wages, software, and customer service costs. 
    4. $300 Down Payment - Secures kitchen space rental for up to 3 shifts of 8 hours
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ACK Punch List


Checklist & Resources

ACK Punch List


Checklist & Resources

For Caterers, Food Trucks, & Virtual Restaurants

Acadiana Commissary Kitchen is a certified food production facility. Entrepreneurs launching or expanding upon a food business can rent kitchen facilities on an ongoing basis. In order to use our facility, you must be a food business with proper regulatory agency and insurance paperwork.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important that primary contact be between the food business and Dept. of
Health & Hospitals (DHH). It is important for food business to understand all label,
certification, and permitting requirements that pertain to its product. Acadiana Food Hub can
serve to assist you but will not enter discussions with DHH about your product.

  1. Submit an email inquiry using our Kitchen Application FormWe will respond to you within 3 business days.
  2. Attend a Tour of the Kitchen Facility
  3. Starting Your Business
    1. Determine the Type of Business: Example: Limited Liability Company (LLC) or another type.
    2. Register Business with the Louisiana Secretary of State
      1. Go to https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/
      2. Reserve a name for your business.
      3. Obtain a Federal Identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (http://www.irs.gov)
      4. Then register your business.
    3. We advise you set up a commercial checking account to keep your business separate from your personal expenses, using the above documents to do so.
    4. As you prepare to sell you may need to other account numbers such as:
      1. Sales Tax ID Number and tax forms for any Parish you have sales. Go to www.revenue.louisiana.gov and click on “business registration” to file online or to download an application.
  4. Product Liability Insurance
    1. Your business is required to carry $1,000,000 occurrence product liability and $2,000,000 aggregate general liability. Costs could be approximately $400-950 per year. Below are insurance companies to research for yourself:
      1. Food Liability Insurance Program, 888-568-0548, http://www.fliprogram.com/
      2. Contact zack@mcmathfoodgroups.com for member savings.
  5. Employees
    1. If hiring employees, you will need Workers’ Compensation. Please contact the Louisiana Restaurant Association for information - http://www.lra.org/LRA/INSURANCE/Workers__Comp/LRA/LRAInsurance/Workers_Compensation.aspx?hkey=43d41243-db9b-4a4d-8341-eb584b39bab4
  6. Complete Review Plan for Mobile/Retail Food Unit for the Retail Division of DHH
    1. FOOD TRUCK PDF Link here: http://ldh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/sanitarian/retailfood/MobileUnitPlanReviewQuestionnaireRevised01-2014.pdf
    2. CATERING PDF Link here: http://ldh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/sanitarian/retailfood/RetailFoodPlanReviewQuestionnaireFormRevised1-2014.pdf
    3. Include site plans and space allocation of the Acadiana Food Hub with your review plan.
      1. Site Plans - CLICK HERE
      2. Space Allocation - CLICK HERE
  7. Submit review plan packet to Lafayette Parish Health Unit
    1. 220 W. Willow Street, Bldg. A, Lafayette, LA 70501
    2. 337-262-5616
    3. After you submit your mobile/retail food establishment plan review, the DHH will schedule a visit with you at ACK facility to issue a permit.
    4. Coordinate schedule with ACK manager.
    5. Cost to the DHH for the permit is $175 per year (minimum, could be higher depending on sales)
  8. Obtain Lafayette Parish Permits (Note: these permits should be obtained after DHH permit is issued)
    1. Permit for Occupancy:
      1. For the form and more information, go to Lafayettela.gov
      2. The permanent fee will allow a business to operate, the temporary fee will not allow the business to be in operation.
    2. Sales and Tax Use Form:
      1. For the form and more information, go to LPSS Online
  9. Register with The Food Corridor
    1. Upload your business license documents, your proof of liability insurance, and your ServSafe certificate to your profile.
    2. Set Acadiana Commissary Kitchen as your home kitchen.
    3. Download all kitchen policy documents.
    4. Schedule times for kitchen use.
  10. Provide Business Documents, Sign Agreements, & Pay Admin. Fees
    1. Sign Acadiana Commissary Kitchen Agreements (where applicable)
      1. Tenant Agreement
      2.  Storage Agreement
      3. Confidentiality Agreement
      4. Operating Agreement
    2. Pay Administrative Fee and Down Payment
      1. $100 Administrative fee - this covers administrative costs, utilities & waste disposal
      2. $300 Down Payment + $100 Facility Access Key Security Deposit
    3. Business Documents:
      1. Certifications - ServSafe
      2. Proof of Product Liability Insurance
      3.  Lafayette Parish Permits for Mobile Food Establishment