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Food Movement Glossary

Kitchen Incubator


A shared-use commercial kitchen where caterers, street cart vendors, farmers, and producers of specialty/gourmet food items can prepare their food products in a fully licensed and certified kitchen. The kitchens, often sponsored by an umbrella nonprofit organization, provide start-up businesses the opportunity to explore food production without the high cost of buying their own equipment or constructing their own building. Interactive map of incubators in the US available from

Example of Kitchen Incubator:

The kitchen incubators are very appealing to start up restaurant businesses which do not have a big capital to begin with. By sharing kitchen with other caterers, small businesses can channel their capital to buying higher priced quality ingredients.
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More than 96 billion lbs of edible "surplus" food is thrown away in the US each year. It is estimated that almost 27% of our food supply is wasted.