Council Member Stephen Levin's Co-packing Survey for Brooklyn Food Manufacturers

Dear friends,

After hearing from many of the new Brooklyn food businesses that have started up in the past few years, it has become clear that the lack of affordable production space and the high capital costs involved in outfitting a space are the most critical inhibitors to strong business growth and, in fact, of a Brooklyn food businesses ability to remain and succeed in Brooklyn. One possible solution that has been articulated recently is the establishment of a co-packing facility (a company that manufactures and packages foods or other products for their clients), located in Brooklyn, that would be able to meet many of the production needs of the burgeoning Brooklyn food manufacturing industry.

What this survey hopes to assess is what the production needs of Brooklyn food manufacturers are and whether or not a co-packing facility would be a feasible solution that would help meet those needs. Additionally, if co-packing is determined to be a worthwhile option for Brooklyn food manufacturers then what kind of co-packing facility would make the most sense and what types of businesses would it serve? What kind of equipment would be needed? Would it specialize in baked goods or perhaps sauces? How much storage space would be necessary? How many runs would a typical business make in a year and in what quantities? These and other questions are critical to our understanding of whether or not a Brooklyn co-packing facility would be feasible and desirable and if it is, what it would look like.

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. I hope to share the results with you in early June.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to my legislative director, Rami Metal, at 212-788-7348 or by email at rmetal@council.nyc.gov. As always, I can be reached by email at slevin@council.nyc.gov.


Council Member Stephen Levin

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