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Contact the Share Grounds Manager to schedule an initial meeting and tour of the facility. Be prepared to discuss your
food product and business strategy. During your meeting, you will receive a User Agreement,
facility policies and a rental fee chart to review.
Based on your meeting with the Manager, research retail options for your product and
price shop ingredients and packaging for your product. Use these numbers to estimate
your start up costs.
In order to us the Share Grounds Kitchen, you must have product liability insurance
in force. The Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP) provides insurance to small food businesses (~$300/yr).
Schedule a time to run a trial batch of your recipe in the Share Grounds Kitchen.
Bring a copy of your Insurance Policy and a signed User Agreement to the facility.
This step may require multiple test batches to achieve the right recipe based on taste,
quality and food safety.
With the help of the manager, develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Sanitation
Standard Operation Procedure (SSOP), Recall Plan, Allergen Plan and other operational
documentation for your food company.
Develop a product label. The Product Labeling Information Guide provides information on mandatory label requirements. For a nominal fee, AFIC can
create a Nutrition Facts panel for your product label.
Prepare your application for the Arkansas Department of Health, Wholesale/ Manufactured
Food permit. Review all paperwork and product label(s) with the Share Grounds site
Apply for a food manufacturing permit from the Arkansas Department of Health. Once
approved, provide a copy to the Share Grounds Manager.
With completion of these steps, you are now a commercial client at the Share Grounds.