Spice Kitchen Incubator is a food business incubator assisting low-to-moderate income individuals, primarily refugees, asylum seekers and asylees, and other new Americans to start food businesses that leverage their natural culinary talent, create a sufficient source of income for their household and contribute to the diversity of Salt Lake City’s food scene. This position will be part of a fast-paced environment and team that focuses on market access and income generation through logistics and hands-on work. This position will be responsible for supporting the kitchen and events team with event coordination and execution, e-commerce sales and growth, and identifying sustainable practices and educational opportunities to ensure entrepreneurs have long-term access to income generating markets avenues. Duration: August 19, 2021-August 18, 2022
The Value Chain Coordination VISTA will work with entrepreneurs and the Spice Kitchen Incubator team to develop networks between viable agricultural producers, value-added and culinary producers, and retail markets to create a value chain that generates economic opportunity for those involved. Additionally, the VISTA will provide training and access to other tools and resources that allow socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs to be able to successfully develop purchasing networks and market locally produced value-added products that utilize locally grown ingredients. This position will focus on event coordination and management, e-commerce, and community engagement.
➢Identify viable produce to utilize for in-season extension and extended shelf-life based on market research (demand), cost, and resources needs to implement the use of these products.
➢Produce multi-lingual trainings and toolkits with the help of industry experts on procurement, recipe costing, price-setting, branding and marketing for packaged food products
➢Refine, present, and distribute workshop curriculum(s) related to packaged products, pitch decks, permitting, licensing and e-commerce systems
➢ Design a client-centered monitoring and evaluation plan for program managers and stakeholders to predict and measure business growth rates as a result of developing value chain
➢ Record outputs and project data using online databases and software like Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and Podio
➢ Provide one-on-one technical support related to packaged or prepared products
➢ Incorporate market research results and develop business operations to increase participant capacity for sales independent of Spice Kitchen’s marketing opportunities.
➢ Develop entrepreneurs’ digital literacy skills and familiarity with permitting and licensing regulations, including product review and approval, renewal of necessary permits and food safety inspections as needed.
➢ Ensure profitability of products and identify areas to substitute local produce via recipe costing and menu development Coordinate meetings with food/farm organizations and service agencies in order to build a network of interested farmers, value-added and culinary (VA&C) producers, and retail and wholesale markets across the Wasatch