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Snyder building construction, a Denver-based commercial general contractor, is nearing completion of a USDA-certified bottling facility called The Kitchen Network Bottling Company. The tenant improvement project expands the capabilities of the existing Kitchen Network Commissary in the Westwood neighborhood. Local Community Development Organization, BuCu West, is championing the expansion of the business. BuCu West provides targeted attention and support to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and cultural organizations along the Morrison Road and West Denver corridor. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of May.

The adaptive reuse project involves renovating a former 2,200 square foot auto body and mechanic shop space into a fully licensed food bottling facility. The project is designed by the RE: Architectural and construction services are underway by Snyder Building Construction. Snyder Building Construction is working alongside Kitchen Network Bottling Company to achieve full USDA certification for the facility.

“Snyder has helped expand our services for the future,” Kitchen Network curating manager Erick Garcia said of the addition of the new bottling facility. “With our full certification expected by the end of May, we expect to be the first and only USDA-certified bottling facility in Colorado.” With our full certification expected by the end of the month, we plan to solidify our position as the first and only USDA-certified bottling facility in Colorado.”

From sourcing groceries, glass bottles, recipe development, and proper labeling, they consult and educate small business owners in launching their food products from start to finish. Certain criteria must be met in order to work with the team and use their facilities. Some of the criteria include producing shelf-stable end products that are naturally acidified and using glass containers for bottling, among others. As part of the certification process, only trained personnel may operate the equipment.

The Kitchen Network is an offshoot of BuCu West’s business incubator, specifically for food businesses. The Kitchen Network Bottling Company is led by director Julie Casault. With new bottling enhancements, the Kitchen Network Food Incubator and Commissary Kitchen is an all-in-one facility ready with the equipment, expertise and support operators need to produce small batch recipes, from conception to bottling to market.

“We are excited to grow the bottling business and bring more local, well-paying jobs to the Westwood community,” said Jose Esparza, Executive Director of BuCu West. “We are proud to manufacture products in Westwood that are wholesaled across the country.”