• Welcome to Organic Food Incubator

    We are a newly renovated, well-lighted, clean and spacious commercial kitchen space in Long Island City that has been configured as New York City's only Organic Food Incubator™ (OFI). The facility is available to rent for organic and non-organic food and drink companies who are in need of access to a NYS Department Agriculture and Markets commercially licensed, USDA organic and kosher certified kitchen to help grow their business.

Margin and costs

Unfortunately, you do not get to take home your retail price. Before you see a profit, the grocers margin is deducted, the distributors margin is deducted and your costs are deducted. The amount that is remaining is your profit. Grocer’s margins are a percentage of the retail price. sometimes put to 40%. Distributor’s margins are … Continue reading

Pretend you are bigger than you are

Just like meeting a person for the first time, businesses often make judgments on first impressions. Other businesses are hesitant to give out information to consumers, so it helps if you can seem like your are a larger established businesses, even if you are just starting out. Have your business formation information ready. EIN number, … Continue reading

Scheduled Process

For most shelf stable fluid products it is necessary to obtain a Scheduled Process prior to processing. A scheduled process is your recipe and procedure, which has been review and edited by a recognized process authority. With very few exceptions, if you are making a product that is fluid and shelf stable, you will be … Continue reading

Shelf Stability and Acid

In small food manufacturing pH is a critical factor enabling your product to be shelf stable. The pH scale is a 14 point reference from 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. It is measured with a pH meter. There are many of types of pH meters, … Continue reading

Organic Certification

Organic certification is a complicated process for many of our clients. At its simplest explanation, it is a method of tracking organic ingredients from the farm to the consumer. If you can visualize that journey for your ingredients and think about every stop along the way, from the farm to the distributor, manufacturer, through to … Continue reading

Visit from Children’s Village

The Children’s Village mission is to work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. We hosted a small group last night. They took a tour of the OFI facility and met with some of the community members. … Continue reading

Starting your business

Starting your own food manufacturing business can result in a challenging, yet highly rewarding career. To be successful, you`ll need to develop a winning product and you`ll also need to learn how to market it effectively. Added to that are the demands of daily production, including trying to locate the best quality, freshest ingredients at … Continue reading

Daily and Monthly Commercial Kitchen Rental

There is a new food economy emerging today where it isn’t just about the products we consume; it is also about the culture and community we are creating.  We welcome mindful food and drink entrepreneurs to come to the Organic Food Incubator to bring your dream to life.  Join forces with other entrepreneurs that are working to … Continue reading