Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Philly Good Food Lab is coming to North Philadelphia


It looks like the coworking concept has now made its way to the local food industry in Philadelphia, as Common Market introduces Philly Good Food Lab.

If you're unfamiliar, here is Common Market's purpose: "We are a mission-driven distributor of local foods to the Mid-Atlantic region. Our mission is to strengthen regional farms while making the local bounty accessible to communities and the institutions that serve them. We provide the infrastructure to connect public and private schools, hospitals, universities, grocery stores and workplaces to good food grown by our region’s sustainable farmers."

To be honest, I have not heard much about them until now; but they're doing some cool things. Not only have they created a new business niche, but they are reusing old warehouse space in North Philadelphia.

Brilliant!

Okay, back to Philly Good Food Lab. The goal for PGFL is to bring like-minded food entrepreneurs and food companies together under one roof so that they can feed off of each other daily (no pun intended). By following the coworking mantra, the goal is for PGFL businesses to take advantage of a large and professionally set up space (i.e. 70,000 sq ft of space, dry and cold storage, loading docks, etc.), keep overhead low, and keep local networking high.

Sounds like an awesome plan, and I wish them the best of luck!

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