Wholesale Food Production Space for Growing Firms
L.A. Prep is a new concept in wholesale food production space. It is a 56,000-SF facility offering 50 pre-licensed wholesale kitchens for lease to companies who have outgrown the hourly, incubator and home kitchens most start in. By locating at L.A. Prep, growing producers can access top-quality facilities on par with the major contract food manufacturers who today dominate the local food economy. At L.A. Prep, smaller local producers can quickly and affordably make items that meet the high standards of buyers like Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s. The project is transit-oriented (one block from the Metro Gold Line), sustainable (adaptive reuse of a 1940s warehouse complex), and ground-breaking (the first of its kind in the nation). It is the result of more than two year’s work among developers Civic Enterprise, the L.A. County Department of Public Health, which regulates food production, and food business accelerator Food Centricity.