New Orleans Food & Farm Network (NOFFN) is incubating a small business – NOLA Batchman – that offers small batch co-packing at the Edible Enterprises facility in Norco, Louisiana. In addition, food testing services are available on site by Food Scientists from the University of Holy Cross.
About NOLA Batchman
NOLA Batchman caters to the needs of the smaller producer, offering low volume product runs at affordable prices that fill a niche in the market that other co-packers cannot match. NOLA Batchman is a full service contract packaging company that is your one stop shop for producing everything from frozen vegetables and soups to jarred pickles and sauces. No matter if you’re just starting out or looking to expand existing production capacity, as food entrepreneurs themselves they understand the challenges of getting your product to market. They can certainly accommodate large volume, but cater to the smaller producer, start-up company and those looking to bring a test product to market. In the Edible Enterprises production facility in Norco, Louisiana, low volume, attention to detail and low overhead means quality, affordable products for their clients.
Located 25 minutes from New Orleans and less than 1 hour from Baton Rouge, Edible Enterprises is a 20,000 square foot facility with two government approved shared-use commercial kitchens available 24-7, packaging equipment, and ample storage space for tenants (freezer, cooler and dry pallet storage).
- Commercial 6-burner Gas Stove/Oven/Griddle
- 4 Convection Ovens
- 2 Tilt Skillets
- 2 Steam Jacketed Kettles
- 2 Mixer/Kneaders
- 2 Chopper/Kneader/Emulsifiers
- Copper Gas Candy Kettle
- 2 Food Processors
- Wrap Around Labeler
- Bottle Capper
- Vacuum Pack Machine
- 2 Packaging Heat Sealers
- Single & Dual Piston Compression Bottlers
- 2 Hot Water Dishwashers w/ Booster Heaters
The Edible Enterprises facility is designed for a small batch process and allows Sheaux Fresh to make your sauce just like you would at home. If quality and a specific culinary process are important to you, then they can help. Sheaux Fresh can also help you get your products shelf ready, from nutrition facts and labels to recipe development. They know what it is like to start a dream on a small budget and are here to help you do the same. If you are looking to switch to a new co-packer or start up a new company, give us a call today! We are transparent, honest with our numbers and you are always welcome to be a part of your production run.
Because NOLA Batchman hand-crafts recipes in small batches to ensure superior quality and attention to detail, they do not require hundreds or thousands of pounds of product per batch as other co-packers do. Minimums on a sauce/marinade type product is 100 gallons per recipe. By catering to the smaller producer, they are able to offer smaller batch sizes that allows clients to focus on building their brand, rather than sitting on inventory.
How do I begin?
We begin the process of helping bring your product to market with a conversation. We want to ensure we are the best fit for you to produce your product before anyone spends a dime. We want you to be as comfortable with us as we are with your product. Lasting relationships are what we build our business upon. Please contact us to discuss your co-packing needs at (888)966-0829 x3 or email@example.com.
What’s the next step?
Once we discuss your production needs, we’ll sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and you can feel confident in having us take a look at your recipe to develop a quote for you. Upon agreeing to an initial price for your product, we can begin the behind-the-scenes work necessary for bringing your product to market.
How long will it take?
Producing your product will not be a week-long process. Many factors, including permitting your product, package design, label production, sourcing specific ingredients, test batch production, analytical testing and more will affect the timeline to go from recipe to delivery.
What’s the cost?
The cost of the finished product is impossible to determine until the recipe is understood and the ingredients and packaging are sourced. However, there are up-front costs associated with all of the work we do to get permitted, and develop a recipe and process for production. Most co-packers will charge in excess of $2,500 per recipe for this work.
NOLA Batchman partners with NOFFN to help small businesses make their dreams a reality by eliminating many of the barriers to working with a co-packer, including a large initial investment and commitments to large production minimums. NOFFN charges a flat fee of $1,400 per recipe and process for their services in completing the permitting work and offers Startup Kitchen Time for you and the co-packer to test recipes and develop the production process while awaiting permit approval.