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THE FOOD CORRIDOR

The Food Corridor, founded by Ashley Colpaart, Ph.D. moderates the Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK), the largest professional network of shared kitchens. This Community of Practice brings together private, nonprofit, and publicly-funded shared kitchens for collaboration, business insights, and technical support. The Food Corridor software currently powers 250+ shared-use kitchens of varying sizes and scopes across the U.S. and in Canada. In addition, their sister app, The Kitchen Door is the #1 search engine for finding underutilized or existing commercial kitchen spaces to rent. 

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CASTIRON

Castiron equips independent culinary artisans with the tools, support, resources, and community they need to build, operate, and grow their businesses better and with less effort. We’ve tailored Castiron to fit the needs of kitchen-based creators who are selling their products to family, friends, and followers through word-of-mouth and social media. After a superfast setup (if you can create a social media profile, you can set up a Castiron shop!), you’ll have a single place to sell, manage orders, and communicate with customers.

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USDA

The Marketing Services Division (MSD) works to improve market access for producers and develop new markets through its three main roles as a researcher, a convener, and a technical assistance provider. In USDA’s vision, local food producers, markets, and communities have easy access to ideas, innovations, and research in order to grow and sustain a productive business. This information ensures that opportunities for U.S. food producers are readily available and communities are equipped to successfully grow and sell regionally produced foods, while also supporting increased access to locally produced foods.

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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent.

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Other Sponsors

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FLIP

FLIP provides food vendors, caterers, food trailers, and more with the liability coverage they need to safeguard their business at a price that can’t be beat. Check out our special partner rates to get a competitive policy with low premiums. 

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VERACITY INSURANCE SOLUTION

We are partnering with Insurance Canopy, a full service insurance brokerage with a specialty practice in the shared / commissary kitchen space. Insurance Canopy partners with the leading insurance markets in the industry to provide clients with the most comprehensive and competitive coverage specific to the shared kitchen industry.
Tell them The Food Corridor sent you for special partner rates. 

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THE CENTRAL KITCHEN

Central Kitchen is a craft food business accelerator and innovation hub that empowers food entrepreneurs to achieve their fullest potential. Nationwide, we offer online courses through our Craft Food Classroom that teach start-up craft food businesses exactly how to get started—and succeed—in the craft food industry. In Northeast Ohio, we provide a one-stop-shop for all things craft food. 

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CRAFT FOOD CLASSROOM

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The entrepreneurs who thrive in this industry require more than a tasty product. They need the tenacity to work through many details. The dedication to overcome challenges. And the resources to bring your big idea to life. Our Craft Food Classroom offers in-person or online classes to prepare you for success.

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WHOLE BRAIN CONSULTING

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Whole Brain Consulting is an outsourced operations firm focusing on Co-Man source and selection, supply chain, QA/QC, project management and operational due diligence in the CPG, TTB and CBD/THC categories.

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UNFI

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Passion for People and the Planet - 40 years of guiding a healthier road ahead.We founded UNFI because everyone deserves access to healthy, sustainable food. We believe that companies should contribute positively. Be a good neighbor. We operate by those core values - seeing the big picture and doing what’s right.

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ePac Flexible Packaging

Established in 2016, ePac is the first US-based flexible packaging company built entirely on the latest digital print technology. Serving brands of all sizes, ePac provides high-quality finished pouches and roll stock at competitive prices for short and medium run length orders. 

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UNION KITCHEN

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BUTTERFLYMX

ButterflyMX is your complete property access solution, providing a secure, convenient, and affordable way to manage and grant access on the go. Empower your tenants and building staff to open doors, gates, and elevators with a smartphone and ensure they never miss a visitor or delivery. Join the 5,000+ multifamily, commercial, gated community, and student housing properties that have made access simple with ButterflyMX.

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REMOTELOCK

RemoteLock sets the standard in universal access control with its easy-to-use, scalable, and future-proof software. We provide users the ultimate in flexibility and control—so they can easily grant any person access to any space, from anywhere. RemoteLock manages industry leading smart locks and access control hardware and can be integrated with our customers’ business software systems. RemoteLock is committed to being the last access management partner our customers will ever need.

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LUNCHBOX

Lunchbox is a startup that allows restaurants to build ordering experiences on their own websites and apps. Lunchbox empower brands to increase sales and engagement through powerful tools, to help create stronger relationships with their guests.The purpose of Lunchbox is to simplify the solution of omnichannel ordering and make it accessible for restaurants of all sizes. 

Union Kitchen is a food and beverage accelerator based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to build successful food businesses and to build our community. We have a strong social mission and have helped entrepreneurs create thousands of jobs in the food space to improve their livelihoods and strengthen their communities. We help create and run projects around the country and around the world to help improve lives using the food and beverage sector. 

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SOONA

Soona is a fast casual content platform that helps brands make professional-quality photos and videos.

Our content creation platform makes it possible for e-commerce 
stores and marketers to create pro photos and videos in 3 easy steps through a virtual photoshoot experience.

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ATK DESIGN STUDIOS

ATK Design Studios designs commercial kitchens nationwide. We create a product of your vision and bring the vision to an operating kitchen. Our firm works with you from concept to floor plan layout to a real feel look and feel to the final product. Our in-house team ATK Foodservice Design Studios brings years of experience and talent across a myriad of various commercial kitchen types. 

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LOCO CO-OPS

LoCo believes in creating a fair and sustainable alternative to the companies that are currently setting the tone of food delivery nationwide. We believe that restaurant owners themselves should be involved the decision-makers for how their food is delivered, and that they should also be charged commission rates that are fair—unlike the current national rates, which are way above most independent restaurants’ margins.

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CEDAR STREET CREATIVE

Cedar Street Creative is a design and development partner for food and hospitality brands. Our deep experience in food service and kitchen design, paired with our full-service approach, creates budget and timeline savings for our clients. Our portfolio includes design & construction administration for industry leaders like Pilotworks, Reef, Kitopi and Nimbus.

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SENSOR CHECK

Sensor Check is an easy-to-install wireless solution that automatically alerts you to unexpected refrigeration temperature changes. Not only will you avoid food loss in your commercial kitchen, you will increase your food safety and regulatory compliance. Automated logging, reporting and alerts can be sent to anyone who needs the information.  Unlimited reporting and use of our smartphone app is included. 

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KITCHENS TO GO

Kitchens To Go® (KTG) provides for lease or purchase, comprehensive modular, containerized, and mobile commercial kitchens for planned renovation or expansion, new construction, special events, or immediate needs such as disaster response and recovery. Our innovative Solutions To Go™ mirror existing production facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, functionality and design and are a superior alternative when evaluated against phased construction.

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FARMERS MARKET PROS

We run grocery stores in the street. We move barricades, tow cars, curate vendors, create marketing magic, monitor regulations and help shape them. We give small farmers and food makers a simple education in the basics of starting a business. We give established vendors and managers more advanced training. We make farmers market operations and market businesses less stressful and more financially sustainable for everyone.