Food Production Kitchen Design and Layout Services
Of all the projects we create, our food production kitchen design and layout services are the most unique and complex. Unlike most commercial kitchens, food production kitchens are designed to produce specific products, or groups of products; manufactured and packaged in large quantities to be sold at retail outlets; all the while, keeping true to the quality of product that brought you to the market in the first place.
Every type of food product on the market today started with an idea and a base recipe, so who better to understand what it takes to scale that recipe up to reach the masses, but a team of classically trained chefs. Whether we are bottling an old family barbecue sauce recipe, individually frozen gluten free meals, locally famous baked goods, or therapeutic cannabis edibles, our professional chefs work with you through each step of the design and development process so you can reach your production goals.
Growing From a Commercial Kitchen to a Production Kitchen
Many of our food production kitchen design clients have an established business and an efficient commercial kitchen where they produce their product, but demand is simply exceeding their ability to supply. They know they need to scale up production but are not sure where to start, and that’s where our consulting and design services can help.
In order to know where you are going, we first must know where you have been; so, our team starts with an overall business production assessment. We look at your current commercial kitchen layout and the production processes you have in place; to understand the factors that are preventing you from meeting your production objectives.
Once we determine your pinch points in production, we work with you to outline your options for your growth. These may involve a simple reorganization of space to include a small amount of automation, or it could entail a complete kitchen relocation into a larger facility. The goal is to create a growth strategy that allows you to reach both your current and future production needs.
Food Production Kitchen Design for Human Labor, Automation or Both?
Most of us have heard the phrase “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” And we in the foodservice industry know all too well that Newton’s third law applies not just to the forces of physics, but also rings true in every decision we make in formulating a food product. We firmly believe that this law is no less important when it is applied to your food production kitchen design process.
In our over 30 years of foodservice industry experience, the most successful operations we have seen all share one unique quality, Balance. As classically trained chefs, we were taught the “classic” way to do things… But in the real culinary world, we quickly learned that for reasons outside our control we may need to improvise, so we search out new tools to help us reach our objective. This adaptation is also equally as true when we design a food production kitchen. We help you find that perfect balance between human labor and automation that will maintain the integrity of your product, while also maximizing your profitability.
Your Product Is Unique
We know there is something special about your product, something that makes it different than everything else on the market. That’s why your food production kitchen design will be customized to meet the unique needs of your product. Surrounding yourself with professionals who possess a combination of culinary expertise, and vast knowledge of commercial foodservice production equipment will give you the information you need to make the right decisions for your product and your business.
Our design and development team provide entrepreneurs the resources they need to develop and grow a successful product brand. We optimize the flow, function, and efficiency of your production kitchen so you can focus on meeting the needs of your customers. This translates into a more pleasant work environment for your staff, a quality product for your customers, and a more profitable bottom line for your business.
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Examples of Food Production Kitchen Design Concepts
Confectionery Production Kitchen Design
When you ask a young chocolatier or confectioner about what inspired them when they were young, many will tell a story about the wonder and amazement they felt when watching the movie Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, or Charlie and The Chocolate Factory; depending on how old they are. As other worldly those confectionary production kitchens were, they do share some similarities with earthly productions kitchens. The basis of all candy and chocolate making is rooted in science, and an expert confectionery production kitchen design will take every factor into account. From room temperature and humidity to human and automated product handling we guide you in every detail.
Bread & Baked Goods Production Kitchens
The bread & baked goods industries have vastly different food production kitchen design requirements, but they also share similarities as well. A production kitchen designed around breadmaking will primarily focus on savory yeast raised items, whereas a baked goods or patisserie will specialize in pastries, cakes, and other sweets treats. And a production kitchen designed around the individual products is key in streamlining operations and maximizing output. Both types of production kitchens can benefit from various levels of automation, and we work with you to determine what is the best not just for your product, but also your budget.
Edible Cannabis Production Kitchen Design
A growing segment of food product industry is the infusion of classic snacks and treats with THC, for both medicinal and recreational purposes. An edible cannabis production kitchen design may include production facilities for sweet baked goods, chocolates, truffles, as well as gummies and other assorted hard candies, depending on your targeted market segment. These edible cannabis production kitchens are also highly regulated, so it is critical that the design team be familiar with all the rules and regulations regarding the handling of these products. As experts in developing edible cannabis production kitchens, we know what it takes to create a great and safe product for your customers.
Single Serve Portion Production Facilities
The popularity of TV dinners may be long gone, but as our lives get busier; the desire for high quality, convenient, pre-packaged frozen meals will always be in demand. Single serve portion production facilities tend to be comprised of two kitchens. A smaller multifunctional kitchen is designed for the purpose of testing out new recipes. And once these recipes are perfected in the test kitchen, they are then scaled up to be prepared in the larger production kitchen area. These larger production kitchen designs are typically similar the smaller test kitchen in functionality, but obviously much larger in their capacity to cook, portion, package and freeze the products for transport to the retailers.
Packaging & Storage Facility Design
No matter what type of food production kitchen your product requires, once your products are prepared, they then need to be packaged, labeled, and sometimes analyzed to guarantee what is on the label is in fact, also in the package. Depending on the size of your space, these packaging and storage facilities can be fully automated; connected directly to your production kitchen line, or it can be designed as an independent space to allow for greater flexibility. Our design team understands the logistics that go into food processing and packaging, and we work with you to ensure that you will consistently be able to meet the ever-changing demands of your customers.