Brian Likins hopes to share his 60-pound weight reduction journey with greater than household and associates as Correct Prep Companies, a brand new meal preparation service situated on McCoy Avenue in Opelika, finishes its first month of operations.
The service’s journey began about three years in the past. With the help of his associates, household and his church group, Likins went on a weight reduction journey from 240 to 178 kilos. Correct Prep Companies grew out of his ardour for cooking and his exercise associate’s distaste for it.
“He was like, ‘Hey, you wish to prepare dinner; I hate cooking,’” Likins mentioned, in reference to his first exercise associate and first buyer, David Nail.
Nail instructed the story a bit otherwise.
“He mentioned, ‘We’ll break up the grocery invoice, and I will prepare dinner,’ so I mentioned, ‘Shoot, let’s do it,'” Nail mentioned. “I am not married to it.”
Figuring out of his kitchen making meals for associates who heard of his companies by phrase of mouth, Likins mentioned the demand outgrew what his residence kitchen might provide.
“We flip round and we had containers on each counter in our kitchen, on the bar and on our kitchen desk,” Likins mentioned. “It overflowed into our lounge onto the espresso desk and my spouse was lastly like, ‘You could get the heck out of my kitchen, that is too large.’”
That’s when Likins mentioned he sought to go public along with his enterprise, quitting his job in gross sales and eventually pursuing his purpose full time. First stumbling throughout a commissary kitchen, he and his workforce pumped out 70 meals for about 12 people of their first week. Final week, that quantity went to 330 meals for 37 people with one other 20 presently on a waitlist to get weekly meals from Correct Prep Companies.
Likins mentioned Correct Prep Companies seeks to offer a dietary, low-cost and straightforward various for people seeking to enhance their diets. They provide day by day plans, a-la-carte meals and family-style casseroles.
Every day plans provide two meals a day from a rotating menu of entrees. Meals are additionally portioned to totally different dietary targets similar to weight acquire, weight reduction and upkeep. Moreover, they’ve meals for people with particular dietary wants or those that work with their advisable nutritionist.
“Hopefully we will land 15 folks in our first month,” Likins mentioned, recalling a dialog along with his spouse, Melody. “The evening we went public, we doubled the scale of the enterprise. In three days we utterly crammed our 15 slots. By the top of the week, the waitlist was simply as large because the folks we took on.”
Likins, Melody and two different workforce members make up the workers who recurrently spend 10 hours within the kitchen attempting to maintain up with accelerating demand. With the enterprise discovering its legs, Likins mentioned he by no means anticipated operations to choose up so shortly. Whereas it usually takes 5 to six-months to amass licenses and start operations, Likins and his spouse completed it in mere weeks.
Likins can be looking for to offer again to the group by working with charities like His Place and Hosanna Dwelling by donating surplus meals. Correct Prep Companies additionally not too long ago offered meals for the cardiovascular intensive care unit at East Alabama Medical Middle.
“We simply need to thank our group for the entire love and help,” Likins mentioned.
Providing choices like bourbon rooster and Philly cheesesteak bowls, Likins mentioned Correct Prep Companies seeks to remove most of the components in most store-bought weight reduction meals. Nonetheless, he mentioned the corporate additionally emphasizes preserving meals economical, recent and most of all, appetizing.
Stephanie Harris, Correct Prep Companies buyer, has been utilizing the companies for her and her husband.
“I’ve actually loved the meals,” she mentioned. “In fact I’ve bought my favorites. There hasn’t been a meal I haven’t loved. They’re filling so I’m happy after I eat it. It’s extra economical; for simply my husband and I for an entire week, we solely spend lower than $100.”
Correct Prep Companies is presently on a waitlist as operations increase, however they’re taking orders via Fb, their web site, by telephone or e mail.