Blue Ridge Food Ventures
OVERVIEW OF BLUE RIDGE FOOD VENTURES
Blue Ridge Food Ventures is an 11,000 sq. ft. shared-use kitchen incubator and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development, guidance through the maze of regulations governing safe production of food products and dietary supplements, advice on packaging and label design, and much more.
We're here to help people who dream--of getting their artisan food products to market, of running a baking or catering business, or even operating their own hot dog cart! We also help individuals and small businesses that want to make natural products and herbal dietary supplements, and get them into bottles and tubes and onto store shelves.
Watch this UNC-TV segment on Blue Ridge Food Ventures.
WINTER SUN FARMS CSA
Blue Ridge Food Ventures proudly offers Winter Sun Farms—a CSA (community supported agriculture) program that provides members with sustainably grown frozen fruits and vegetables, fresh greens, honey and more from Western North Carolina's finest farmers.
Once a month from December through March, members receive an assortment of diced, sliced or chopped vegetables, scrumptious berries, vegetable purees ready to become instant soups or healthy dips. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Read stories here and here in Asheville Citizen-Times about Winter Sun Farms, including recipes using Winter Sun Farms produce.
Read a Mountain Xpress story here and a commentary in Mountain Xpress by one of our members on why he and his family subscribe to Winter Sun Farms.
View a live TV interview on WSPA-TV's "Your Carolina with Jack and Megan," here.
Read the cover story of Edible Upcountry here.
Hear a radio interview on WZGM's "NC Food & Wine" here.
Watch WLOS-TV "Carolina Kitchen" cooking segments with recipes featuring Winter Sun Farms produce.
Read a press release here.
Local holiday shopping ...without the parking hassles!
Shopping for the holidays is deliciously easy at the
at BLUE RIDGE FOOD VENTURES
9am-1pm & 4-7pm
Get all the details here.
NATURAL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Our Natural Products Manufacturing Facility is a current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)-compliant facility that allows individuals and small businesses to grind a variety of herb and plant materials, prepare herbal extracts and bottle, label and seal their products. Support services from the Natural Products Laboratory at the BioBusiness Center helps clients meet relevant regulatory guidelines. Find out more here.
Appointments to visit Blue Ridge Food Ventures are given to prospective food or natural products producers only. After you have studied the website and prepared your business plan documents, please contact us by email with the completed questionnaire (see below). Due to the volume of client appointments, it usually takes about two weeks to set up a meeting.
Initial Meeting and Consultation Fee $75 - Includes facility tour & overview of services offered: guidance on product development, regulatory issues and packaging. If you become a BRFV user, this applies as your orientation and application fee.
If you are a prospective Food business, please complete and email this questionnaire for prospective Food businesses.
If you are a prospective Natural Products business, please complete and email this questionnaire for prospective Natural Products businesses.
MEDIA: If you are a member of the media seeking information, interviews, photos, or story ideas, please contact our media liaison here.
We are always looking for interns to work with our programs ranging from the retail and e-commerce Holiday Red Box Program to Winter Sun Farms business management, logistics tracking, processing and delivery. Or maybe you want experience in marketing the Natural Products Manufacturing Facility all over the Southeast US? Click here for more information on our internship positions.
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, Senior VP, Corporate & Public Relations
134 Wright Brothers Way
Fletcher, NC 28732
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