Commissary Kitchen Series: Part 3 Taking it to the Next Level

Now that you know how commissary kitchens can increase your efficiency and create consistency in the food you serve, it’s time to figure out how to fully capitalize on a commissary kitchen and expand your income. Here are 3 helpful tips to take the benefits of a commissary kitchen to the next level:
  1. Obviously a commissary kitchen is a shared space – but can you take that one step further? If you know someone who sells a complementary product or could use the kitchen at an alternate time, consider working with them to share the cost of rent. If you work mainly during the day preparing lunch or dinner food items, a bakery that could use the kitchen overnight to prepare their bread or pastries would be a great partner. Just be ready to spend time coordinating schedules so you don’t double-book the space. This is a great way to not only cut down on commissary costs but on the costs of shared equipment you both may need.
  2. If your commissary space is large enough to afford you extra room for storage, take advantage of the cost benefits of bulk ordering. Buying in bulk reduces the cost per unit, saves time, and is extremely helpful for the ingredients or supplies you use on a daily basis. Many vendors offer a discount on bulk orders, and sometimes bulk ordering means cutting out the middleman and getting products straight from the producers or farmers. While bulk ordering usually brings to mind piles of canned goods or boxes of nonperishables, you can also bulk order fresh, quality produce and ingredients that you will use quickly or in mass quantity during a short period of time.
  3. When your product starts to take off and sales are good, having a commissary kitchen available will enable you to start producing enough for resale should you choose to go that route. Whether you want to start small by selling to local restaurants or go big by reaching out to third party supermarkets or mass retailers, this is a big step to take – but it can also be a very profitable step. Having a professional kitchen space with the resources and contacts that come with a commissary should give you a good place to start.
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