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Michigan Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens, Shared Kitchens - Places to make foods to sell

Michigan Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens, Shared Kitchens -
Places to make foods to sell!

A licensed kitchen is an inspected, registered commercial kitchen where foods intended for sale can be safely made, in accordance with laws and regulations. While many states allow some low-risk foods to be made at home and sold in smaller quantities, many foods intended for sale can only be made in a licensed kitchen. If you want to make and sell your home-made preserves, salsa, spaghetti sauce, refrigerated foods or whatever, you will need a licensed kitchen to prepare and can the food. many licensed kitchens open their doors at low cost to local food entrepreneurs.

There are many lists of commercial kitchen in Michigan,online, but the list below is the ONLY one with complete contact information and links to their websites, and all in one place. If you would rather have a company make and package the food product for you, see this list of copackers in Michigan

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Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens and Shared Kitchens

Note: You may find it is required by your state take the ServSafe® training classes for Manager and employees. It certainly is advisable, in any case. You can get the ServSafe® Handbook that accompanies the course here.


  • B​ayside Bakehouse -
    Traverse City, MI. Phone: 231-206-0077.
  • Can-Do Kitchen -
    Kalamazoo, MI. Phone: 269-492-1270.
  • Center City Kitchen -
    Traverse City, MI. Phone: 231-392-3661. Center City Kitchen aims to encourage entrepreneurship and stellar food production by offering an affordable shared commercial incubation kitchen with resources, support, and technical assistance. CCK is the ideal space for newcomers and seasoned-chefs alike. Whether you are looking to launch a new yummy product in to the market or wanting to inspire others by teaching a cooking class, CCK is your space. All operating expenses are included so you always know what your overhead costs will be.
  • Detroit Kitchen Connect -
    Detroit, MI. Phone: 313-833-9300.  supports a diverse group of entrepreneurs doing what they love and contributing to Detroit's growing good food system. In collaboration with local partners, we seek to make kitchens more accessible and turn neighborhoods into food entrepreneurship hubs. We make this possible through technical assistance, workshops, and other startup services.INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO DETROIT KITCHEN CONNECT? REGISTER FOR Detroit Kitchen Connect INFORMATIONAL CLASS.
  • Dewitt Township Community Center -
    Lansing, MI. Phone: 517,668-0270. Apparently, they have a kitchen in the Community Center.
  • Downtown Market Incubator Kitchen -
    Grand Rapids, MI. Phone: 616- 805- 5308.  This Incubator Kitchen provides a supportive, efficient, flexible environment for you to develop and produce your product or service. Our licensed commercial kitchen spaces are open 24/7 and are fully outfitted with professional-grade equipment ready for food production, packaging, prepping, catering, and more. 
  • Facility Kitchens -
    Lowell, MI. Phone: 616-421-4540. Email: janet@facilitykitchens.com. Commercial Rental Kitchen for licensed food production in west Michigan. Rental Incubator Culinary Kitchen. A licensed mobile food establishment & commissary by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
    A catering, Wedding, Party, Food Preparation and Production rental kitchen. We can show you how to be a licensed food producer establishment. in a commercial rental kitchen. Are you a mobile food truck? Rent us as your mobile food vendor commissary kitchen! Be licensed to sell your food in a rental commercial kitchen ready for cooking and making licensed food for sale. After the Michigan cottage food law is renting a commercial kitchen and being fully licensed by the Michigan Department of agriculture to be a food establishment and licensed tosell food wholesale or retail in farmers markets and co-ops. The rental food preparation kitchen in the Grand Rapids area for contract food preparation in a rental kitchen.
  • Flint Food Works -
    Flint, MI. Phone: 810-447-0714.  Email: director@flintfoodworks.net. Flint Food Works is a unique venture in Genesee County with the goal of providing a facility for food-based businesses to establish a product, perfect their recipe, and develop a business model that will help them grow. As a culinary business incubator our mission is to help entrepreneurs get off the ground floor and literally take a product from the field to the market. We provide low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchens for local businesses to grow and establish their operations. We eliminate the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a business.
  • Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen -
    Benzonia, MI. Phone: 231-882-9510. Email: Info@GrowBenzie.org. Our state-certified kitchen is fully equipped with the tools to help value-added food businesses, caterers, and food trucks develop their business without breaking the bank investing in their own kitchen. Grow Benzie has helped dozens of local business owners turn their food business dreams into reality. Click here for Grow Benzie Kitchen details
  • Incu-Bake, LLC -
    Holt, MI. Phone: 517-974-8944.
  • Kitchen Sinc -
    Grand Rapids, MI. Phone: 616-822-2693.
  • Niles Culinary Incubator - It appears to be closed in 2022.
    219 4th street, Niles, MI. Phone: 574-361-6248. An entrepreneurial center championing small businesses by offering kitchen space, meeting spaces and offices.
  • Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen -
    Plymouth P.A.R.C. Complex , 650 Church Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170. Phone: (734) 456-9005. Email: mbendon@proudmitten.com. Proud Mitten is a launching pad for your food business to start to utilize our space and equipment to then sell your product without the heavy start up and build out risks. Connect within our Community. We know how hard starting your business and keeping it growing can be. Collaborate with those that are working with us.
  • Rosie's Community Kitchen - Commercial kitchen, Incubator, Refrigerated storage, Freezer storage, Dry shelf storage, Hot packing, Cold packing, Pickles, relishes, Glass, Plastic, Metal, Paper, Scale-up recipes, We specialize in small and start-ups
    235 Spencer Ln, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Phone: (734) 294-2287. Email: Colleen@PICFoodSafety.com. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: . Located in Washtenaw County. (ADDED: March 02, 2022)
  • The Culinary Studio -
    Applegate Shopping Center, 29673 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48034. Phone: 248-353-2500. Email: info@myculinarystudio.com. Often referred to as a commissary kitchen, kitchen incubator, cooperative kitchen, or test kitchen, The Culinary Studio provides fully equipped, commercially licensed shared-use kitchens available for rent by the hour. We've taken the considerable financial risk of opening and operating a commercial kitchen and reduced it to a fixed cost on which to base your business plans. In addition, The Culinary Studio hourly rates mean you only pay for what you use, removing the burden of long leases for small or young businesses. You can start with us, grow with us, and when the time is right, move from our kitchen into your own.
  • The Starting Block -
    1535 Industrial Park Drive, Hart, MI 49420. Phone: 231-873-1432. Email: tsbi4@frontier.com. The Starting Block is West Michigan's Non-Profit Regional Kitchen Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center Located in Hart, Oceana County. The Starting Block Incubator supports entrepreneurs in food and natural resource businesses. Our shared vision is to be the premier regional resource, for growing any new idea, in the food product or natural resource areas, into a profitable, local and wealth-creating business. The Starting Block Facebook page
    We are a nonprofit. The Starting Block offers:
    A Commercial Kitchen - The shared-use commercial kitchen helps meet food processing needs at low hourly rental rates. Kitchen usage fees range from range from $10 per hour for tabletop kitchen use and food packaging, to $12 per hour for general kitchen use, and $15 per hour for baking, catering, and steam kettle and filler processing. Certified staff in food handling and equipment operation is available for assistance and training.
    Small Dairy Facility: We are one of the few kitchen incubators with a 100-gallon Vat Pasteurizer for making cheese and other dairy products.
    Office Rental - Office rental includes wireless internet access, local phone, conference room, and office support. A 90 square foot office rents for $110 per month and a 225 square foot office for $275 per month.
    Education - Small business management, networking, and individual business guidance are offered, along with Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and Marketing classes.
    Equipment - Tenants receive training and have access to commercial ovens, freezers, ranges, mixers, kettles, industrial food processors, and more.
    Licenses - The shared-use kitchen is licensed and approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
    Product Development - Technical advice is offered on food production, pH levels, batch-up recipes, and packaging and labeling.
    Warehouse & Storage - Refrigerator, freezer, and dry pallet storage is available for rent at the rate of $10 per month for non-secured dry storage, and $15 per month for secured dry storage. Refrigerator and freezer storage rents for $1.50 per cubic foot per month and $75.00 per pallet per month.
  • Uptown Kitchen - CLSOED - sold to GR Bagel (a retail Bagel shop, not a commercial shared use kitchen)
    Grand Rapids, MI, 616-776-2655.
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    Other Resources

    If you still can't find a suitable kitchen, you may need a co-packers.  Co-packers manufacture and package foods for other companies - and small food businesses - to sell.   See this list of co-packers in your area.

     

    Where can I find more information about canning?

    For more than 250 specific, simple recipes with step-by-step directions and photos; and general information on canning and food preservation, see this page.


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