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Things will soon be cooking inside the Treasure Coast Research Park with the opening of the Sunshine Kitchen. Located off Kings Highway in Fort Pierce, the Sunshine Kitchen will be a state-of-the-art food incubator where chefs, caters, food truck operators and more can hone their culinary skills.

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Operated in partnership with Your Pro Kitchen, this 10,000-square-foot facility will provide year-round, 24-hour-a-day access for people to produce, package, and market food business items. For example, say you’ve got an amazing home-made mango salsa and you want to develop that into a marketable commodity. Instead of navigating the red tape of health and safety regulations and developing a sales strategy – the Sunshine Kitchen can be your one stop site to help you focus on creating, packaging, and marketing your product.

Your Pro Kitchen provides all the resources you need to build and operate the business of your dreams, including the professionally-equipped, commercially-licensed, multi-station kitchen facilities for professional cooking and baking, and the flexibility to support a variety of needs, including private events, classes and bottling and packaging activities.  You Pro Kitchen will be partnering with staff members from the Indian River State College, as well as St. Lucie County Extension / University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) agents to provide training and classes.  

For rental information: Contact Matthew Piscitelli at 772-247-2800 or email: ft.pierce@yourprokitchen.com

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Food Business Development Services & Providers
Available Through the Sunshine Kitchen

TOPIC/SERVICE PROVIDERS
YOUR PRO KITCHEN IRSC SBDC/ SCORE UF/IFAS EXTENSION IRSC CCTI
PREPARATION/START-UP STAGE
FINANCIAL READINESS X X
BUSINESS READINESS X X
ACQUIRING FINANCING X
BUSINESS LICENSING/TAX PERMITTING GUIDANCE X X
COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION TRAINING X
FOOD SAFETY TRAINING & TESTING X X
BUSINESS PLAN ASSISTANCE X
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
CASH FLOW PROJECTIONS X
PITCH PRACTICE X
EXPORTING/IMPORTING TRADE X
TRADE ASSOCIATIONS X X
SERVSAFE CERTIFICATION
TRAINING & TESTING
X X
WORKFORCE TRAINING X X
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING X
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE X X
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
PRODUCT TASTING/TESTING X
LABELING X
NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS
PACKAGING X
PROCESS APPROVAL
SOURCING INGREDIENTS X X
MARKET RESEARCH X
MARKETING/BRANDING X
TRANSPORTATION/DISTRIBUTING X
INDUSTRY BENCHMARKING X
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT X X

 

For more information. contact Your Pro Kitchen or TCERDA Coordinator Regina McCants at 772- 467-3107 or McCantsRe@stlucieco.org.

 

Sunshine Kitchen Food Business Incubator is located at 7550 Pruitt Research Center Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34945

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