Where to Start

So you have an incredible product that you want to produce and sell. We would love to help–but before we do, here are some steps to streamline the process:

  1. Know your product–understand the measurements and ingredients needed to make your product. The food products we work often have natural, generally organic ingredients. Understand what your options are for wholesale ingredients and what the most cost-effective way to store and purchase them are. If possible, come prepared with a scheduled process. If you are not able to create one, the OFI provides services to create one for your product.
  2. What equipment will you need? While the Organic Food Incubator has equipment for several needs, you potentially need something we do not currently have. For information about the equipment we have available check here.
  3. How will you package your product? Depending on the product needs packaging may differ. When picking the packaging think about maintaining flavor, freshness, product shape, and if production will affect the package (i.e. heat or freezing product).
  4. Have a timeline of your production expectations. Is this the first time you are producing this product–do you want to run a trial run? Do you expect to product monthly, weekly, etc? Have an idea of where you see your business going.
  5. Make sure you have the licensing and insurance to produce your product. There are accredited programs that offer training and licensing.

If you do not know this information OFI provides consulting services to help you make your product. For consulting services, reach out here.

Author: Mike Schwartz

After spending many years in kitchens in and around New York, and teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education for 12 years, Mike has moved on to his own business. Mike owns BAO Food and Drink, which makes 33 varieties of cultured vegetables, drinks and sauces and the Organic Food Incubator, which offers solutions to small food manufacturers. More importantly Mike is Gabi and Harry's dad and works hard to make sure that they are fed correctly.