Snyder building construction, a Denver-based commercial general contractor, is close to completing a USDA-certified bottling facility called the Bottling company of the kitchen network. The tenant improvement project expands the capacity of the Kitchen Network commissary in the Westwood neighborhood. Local community development organization, BuCu West, championed the expansion of the company. BuCu West provides targeted attention and support to small businesses, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations along the Morrison Road and West Denver Corridor. The project is expected to end at the end of May.
The Adaptive Reuse project involves renovating an old 2,200 square foot space of a body shop and auto mechanic into a fully licensed food bottling facility. The project is designed by the RE: architectural and construction services are underway through Snyder Building Construction. Snyder Building Construction is working alongside Kitchen Network Bottling Company to achieve full USDA certification for the installation.
“Snyder has been instrumental in expanding our services for the future,” said Erick Garcia, Commissioner of Kitchen Network, of the addition of the new bottling facility. “With our full certification expected by the end of May, we plan to be the first and only USDA-certified bottling facility in Colorado. “With our full certification expected at 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 to glass bottles, to recipe development and proper labeling, they consult and educate small business owners on how to launch 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 the production of long-shelf end products that are naturally acidified and the use of glass containers for bottling, among others. As part of the certification process, only trained personnel may use the equipment.
The Kitchen Network is a branch of the BuCu West Business Incubator, specifically for food businesses. The Kitchen Network Bottling Company is headed by Director Julie Casault. With new bottling enhancements, Kitchen Network’s Food Incubator and Commissary’s Kitchen is an all-in-one ready hub with the equipment, expertise and support operators need to produce recipes in small batches, from conception to bottling to market.
“We are delighted to grow the bottling business and bring more local, decent paying jobs to the community of Westwood,” said Jose Esparza, executive director of BuCu West. “We are proud to manufacture products in Westwood that are wholesaled across the country. “