The Kitchen Coop works with entrepreneurs to grow sustainable, profitable food and beverage companies by providing shared assets, best practices, and meaningful mentorship to willing entrepreneurs in a fair and transparent way. It bridges the gap between poorly equipped commissary kitchens and economically untenable contract manufacturers to enable small companies to grow organically from startup to success story.
Working with a start-up food brand in 2010, The Kitchen Coop’s founder, Jeff Greenberg was approached by a number of small producers asking for assistance. They had seen the manner in which that one start-up had scaled up, and wanted that accelerated growth for their own company. Reflecting on the challenges those start-up faced in getting to that point and beyond, Jeff conceived of a shared facility, where professional experts and industrial equipment would be available to these entrepreneurs to facilitate the fulfillment of their dreams in the natural food industry. There was so much passion, but not enough know-how or productive capital.
So in 2013 The Kitchen Coop opened its Broomfield facility, a 23,000-square-foot food manufacturing plant. Four young companies joined at the start. As companies joined and others graduated The Kitchen Coop has helped over two dozen companies, 10 of which currently produce at The Kitchen Coop. Those 10 are poised for significant growth, especially if The Kitchen Coop can continue to meet their growing demands for equipment to meet their needs for consistent, cost-effective production.
Recently, The Coop added to its staff to to help more companies at one time and to help these clients achieve critical mass sooner. Adding Mallory Kates, a successful food entrepreneur and seasoned marketer, and Daragh Mulready and David Alper, operations professionals with years of experience, has enabled The Kitchen Coop’s clients to enjoy a MUCH smoother growth curve than their colleagues toughing it out on their own.
The Kitchen Coop has helped 25 brands so far in our 2+ years of operations. However, the team can do more. With the money we are seeking The Kitchen Coop looks to expand its production capabilities. Depending on the amount raised, The Kitchen Coop will purchase equipment to expand our nut butter production and packaging capabilities, increase the breadth of baked goods that we can support with an additional style of oven and increase our baked goods packaging options. These investments will set The Kitchen Coop up for tremendous growth in 2016 and beyond