Collier County Survey: Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee

Collier County is planning to open the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee, a culinary agribusiness accelerator at Immokalee Regional Airport that will offer commercial kitchen equipment, food product development and testing, cold- and dry food storage that meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and applicable state food safety requirements. The Accelerator would include the following component areas: hot and cold processing, cold assembly, packaging/labeling, high-pressure processing (HPP), a filling/bottling station, caged freezer/refrigerator, and material storage.

The purpose of this survey is to determine the level of interest in the accelerator and to determine the specific needs the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee could address that would give culinary entrepreneurs the ability to create successful food and beverage products – and provide these aspiring chef entrepreneurs with the best chances of consistent commercial success. We estimate this survey will take 15-25 minutes to complete and it will be treated confidentially.

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* 1. How likely is it that you would use the culinary accelerator, with 1 being not interested and 5 being certain?

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* 2. Which best describes you?

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* 3. Indicate how a culinary accelerator might benefit you:

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* 4. Would you be willing and able to pay for these services at standard market rate?

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* 5. What type of business venture are you presently involved in, or are you planning to launch? (Please check multiple responses, if required.)

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* 6. What type of food items do you currently produce? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 7. How do you package the items in question No. 6 above? (Please skip if you answered “none” in question No. 6.)

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* 8. What type of additional food items would you be interested in producing or do you plan to produce? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 9. How do you plan to pack or package these additional products?

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* 10. If possible, could you refer other culinary entrepreneurs who might be interested in being a client of the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee?

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* 11. How many years of experience do you have with food or beverages?

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* 12. Do you have a business/marketing plan available for review?

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* 13. How long has your business been in operation?

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* 14. Are you working with a co-packer (someone else who processes and packs your product)?

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* 15. What type of equipment do you currently have to enable you to produce your food, beverage or juice product? (Please check multiple responses, if required.)

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* 16. What type of production equipment would you need for your new or expanded food venture? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 17. Who do you sell to or plan to sell to? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 18. How do you currently or plan to sell your food product(s)? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 19. What is the arrangement with the facility you currently operate in?

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* 20. How many days a week would you need the culinary accelerator to produce/prepare your food product?

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* 21. How many hours daily would you need the culinary accelerator?

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* 22. What time of day would you need the culinary accelerator? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 23. What business services have you had difficulty with or would benefit your operation? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 24. Thank you for taking our survey! Are you interested in hearing more about the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee and being added to our email list?

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