FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Kuchera’s Mild Salsa: Emporia Shared Use Commercial Kitchen Project Debuts First Product
Local foods entrepreneur, Drew Kuchera, has completed the requirements to process salsa in Emporia’s Shared Use Commercial Kitchen. Kuchera’s Mild Salsa is the first product to undergo all product testing, licensing and inspection requirements necessary to sell a locally produced, value-added canned product in a retail setting.
Canned products processed in Kansas and sold to the public must first undergo testing by K-State Extension Value-Added Foods Lab in Manhattan. A process authority letter must be obtained from the lab before a license to process in a kitchen is applied for. The lab also creates an ingredient statement and nutrition fact panel.
The Emporia Shared Use Commercial Kitchen is a project of The Emporia Area Local Foods Network and the Emporia Farmers Market. The Emil Babinger Charitable Trust provided start-up funds for the kitchen project in 2010. EALFN and EFM have made an arrangement with an existing licensed commercial kitchen so that producers will be able to “rent” kitchen space to get their foods production businesses off the ground.
For more information on starting a value added foods business in Emporia, please review the kitchen link at www.emporialocalfood.org or contact Tracy Simmons, Emporia Farmers Market Manager at (620) 343-6555.
For more information on Kuchera's products, contact Drew Kuchera at (785) 844-3303 or visit the website at www.kucheras.com.