Kitchen Incubation Industry in the USA

There are now approximately 130 kitchen incubators in the USA, and I would guess around a dozen in Canada.

A new study econsultsolutions reviews the industry in its report “US Kitchen Incubators: An Industry Snapshot“. A range of different models are being used, with those affiliated with universities focusing on innovation usually.  We are at the beginning of this trend upward even though kitchen incubators have been around for about 20+ years.  There are various reasons for this including the locavore movement and increase venture capital investment into food:

 

Currently there are at least 135 shared-use commercial kitchen facilities across the U.S. and there has been major attention recently around kitchen incubators. An April 11, 2013 article from Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) explains, “First it was food trucks, and now it’s kitchen incubators. They are popping up in cities left and right. Once a novelty, the kitchen incubator seems to have become commonplace.”1 This interest in kitchen incubators is coupled with a trend of increased investment in the food industry. An April 28, 2013 article in The New York Times explained “In the last year, venture capital firms in the valley have funneled about $350 million into food projects, and investment deals in the sector were 37 percent higher than the previous year…”

 

Also, there is a parallel between the rise of “makerspaces” and kitchen incubators in the US at least. This correlation may likely occur throughout the world. Makerspaces are becoming more specialized and as a result, there are going to be more kitchen incubators arising.

Expanding interest in kitchen incubators is not surprising considering recent trends in the culinary industry. Across the nation, local, fresh, organic and artisanal products are gaining market share, as consumers buy into the “locavore” movement. Additionally, kitchen incubators may be viewed as a type of “maker space,” a term used to describe co-working facilities focusing on a variety of handmade products. Increasingly multi-sector maker spaces are including food-industry facilities or full-scale kitchen incubators in their models.”

 

From the report, here is a the comprehensive listing of kitchen incubators throughout the USA:

*One to add to this list is Spice Kitchen Incubator in Salt Lake City, UT.

🙂  Sorry we missed it.

Incubator Name Location
21 Acres (Woodinville, WA)
24-7 Shared Kitchen (Lawrenceville, GA)
A Taste of Long Island, Inc. (Farmingdale, NY)
Abington Art Center’s Commercial Kitchen (Jenkintown, PA)
ACEnet’s Food Ventures Center (Athens, OH)
An Affair to Remember Ent., LLC (Gaithersburg, MD)
Anna’s Commercial Kitchen (Allentown, PA)
APC Commercial Kitchen (Alameda, CA)
Arizona Commercial Kitchen, LLC (Gilbert, AZ)
Artisan’s Kitchen Project (Hellertown, PA)
Back to Basics Kitchen (Lafayette, CO)
Back to the Table Cooking School (Lafayette, CA)
Bake, Broil and Brew (San Antonio, TX)
Bed-Stuy Kitchen (Brooklyn , NY)
Blue Ridge Food Ventures (Candler, NC)
Bohemian Gourmet Food (Beaverton, OR)
Bonner Business Center (Sandpoint, ID)
Brown County Culinary School (Green Bay, WI)
Business Incubator Center Kitchen (Grand Junction, CO)
Can-Do Kitchen (Kalamazoo, MI)
Capital Kitchens (Austin, TX)
Center for Culinary Enterprises (Philadelphia, PA)
Charlie’s Classic Cooking (Escondido, CA)
Chefs Center of California (Pasadena, CA)
Chef’s Kitchens (Los Angeles, CA)
Chef’s Shared Kitchen (Scottsdale & Mesa, AZ)
City Cookhouse (Manhattan, NY)
Coastal Farms and Foods, Inc. (Belfast, ME)
Collective Kitchen, The (Marietta, GA)
Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program (Watsonville, CA)
Commercial Kitchen Rental (Redwood City, CA)
Commissary on Town Street, The (Columbus, OH)
Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator (Youngstown, OH)
Cook and Bake Center, LLC (Mamaroneck, NY)
Cookery, The (Durham, NC)
Cookery: A Rent-A-Kitchen, The (Canyon Lake, TX)
Cooking Block (Redlands, CA)
Creative Chefs Milwaukee, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Creative Kitchen Works, LLC (Renton, WA)
CropCircle Kitchen, Inc. (Boston, MA)
Culinary Cooperative, LLC, The (Lynnwood, WA)
Culinary Kitchen of the Fox Valley (Appleton, WI)
Dartmouth Grange (Dartmouth, MA)
Delaware Kitchen Share (New Castle, DE)
DERkitchen (Columbia, SC)
Dream Kitchen (Elgin, IL)
DSU Food Incubator Center (Dover, DE)
Earth Elements Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen (Oklahoma City, OK)
East Side Community Kitchen (Lancaster, PA)
Eastern Carolina Food Ventures (Warsaw, NC)
Edible Enterprises (Norco, LA)
Elixir Kitchen Space (Fort Worth, TX)
Elizabeth Commissary, LLC (Elizabeth, CO)
Ennovation Center (Independence, MO)
Entrepreneur Space (Long Island City, NY)
ETA’s Commercial Kitchen Rental (Highland Park, IL)
Facility Kitchens (Lowell, MI)
Farm Kitchen (Poulsbo, WA)
Farm Market Kitchen (Algoma, WI)
Farm to Table Kitchen (Kansas City, MO)
Food Chain, LLC (Washington, DC)
Food Fort (Columbus, OH)
Food Technology Center (Caldwell, ID)
Foodworks Culinary Center (Arcata, CA)
Foothill Kitchens, LLC (Upland, CA)
For Cupcake’s Sake (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Forage (San Francisco, CA)
From the Farm (Burlington, WA)
Grow Local Kitchen (Nashville, TN)
Hana Kitchens (Brooklyn, NY)
Homemade Pizza Co.? (Alexandria, VA)
Hot Bread Kitchen (New York, NY)
Hour Kitchen, LLC (Garland, TX)
Independent Kitchen Solutions/The Shared (Atlanta, GA)

 

Indy’s Kitchen (Indianapolis, IN)
Just Add Chef (Austin, TX)
Just Call Us, LLC (San Diego, CA)
Kindred Kitchen (Minneapolis, MN)
Kitch, The (Cornelius, NC)
Kitchen 953 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Kitchen by the Hour (Hayward, CA)
Kitchen Chicago, LLC (Chicago, IL)
Kitchen Coop, The (Broomfield, CO)
Kitchen Incubator (Houston, TX)
Kitchen Network (Denver, CO)
Kitchen Sinc (Grand Rapids, MI)
Kitchen Space, The (Austin, TX)
Kitchen Thyme, LLC (Richmond, VA)
La Cocina (San Francisco, CA)
LSL Commissary (Lake St. Louis, MO)
LSU AgCenter (Baton Rouge, LA)
Mat-Su Community Commercial Kitchen (Palmer, AK)
Mile High Kitchen (Aurora, CO)
Mr. C’s Kitchen Rentals (Campbell, CA)
My Rent-a-Kitchen, LLC (Clearwater, FL)
Nana Clare’s Kitchen (Valparaiso, IN)
Napoli Tom’s (Aurora , CO)
Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (Bowling Green, OH)
Now We’re Cookin’ (Evanston, IL)
NYC Commercial Kitchen (Woodhaven, NY)
One World Kitchen (Sparks, NV)
Organic Food Incubator (Long Island City, NY)
Pie Snob (Phoenix, AZ)
Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center (Hillsborough, NC)
Plant, The (Chicago, IL)
REI Oklahoma (Durant, OK)
Rockingham Community Kitchen (Reidsville, NC)
Rocky Mountain Commissary (Arvada, CO)
Rutgers Food Innovation Center (Bridgeton, NJ)
Sae Kitchen Rental (Vista, CA)
Shared Commercial Kitchen

Shared Kitchens, LLC (Suwanee/Decatur, GA)
Shared Spoon (Suisun City, CA)
Sharing Spaces Kitchen (Prairie du Chien, WI)
Shoals Entrepreneurial Center (Florence, AL)
Slow Food Truck (Dania Beach, FL)
South Side Innovation Center (Syracuse, NY)
South Valley Economic Development Center (Albuquerque, NM)
Splice Kitchen (Chicago, IL)
Sprout! (Springfield, OR)  
Square One Rental Kitchen and Event Center (Fargo, ND)
Starting Block, The (Hart, MI)
Stellaria Building, The (Eugene, OR)
Sterling Small Business and Technology Center (Sterling, IL)
Sustainable Business Center (Galesburg, IL)
The Culinary Studio, The (Southfield, MI)
The Hood Kitchen Space, The (Costa Mesa, CA)
Umpqua Local Goods (Roseburg, OR)
Union Kitchen (Washington, DC)
Uptown Kitchen (Grand Rapids, MI)
Urban Horizons Kitchen (Bronx, NY)
Utah State University Incubator Kitchen (Logan, UT)
Vermont Food Venture Center (Hardwick, VT)
Watertown Farm Market Kitchen, LLC (Watertown, WI)
Whitton Farms Cannery (Memphis, TN)
YorKitchen (York, PA)
Your Pro Kitchen (Largo, FL)
(El Cajon, CA)
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  1. #1 by Genevieve Healey on April 15, 2014 - 20:17

    Don’t forget Spice Kitchen Incubator in Salt Lake City, UT!

    • #2 by academicentrepreneur on April 15, 2014 - 20:41

      OK can you email me a blurb on it and I might focus a post on it by itself!

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