BLUE RIDGE FOOD VENTURES is an 11,000-square-foot shared-use kitchen and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development, guidance through the maze of government regulations, equipment for bottling and packaging, advice on marketing and label design, and much more.

We're here to help people dream – of getting their artisan food products to market, of running a baking or catering business, even of operating their own hot dog cart! We also assist individuals and small businesses with planning, making, bottling, and packaging natural products and herbal dietary supplements, and getting them onto store shelves.

ScaleUp WNC

ScaleUp WNC helping small businesses grow and create jobs

Led by AdvantageWest, ScaleUp WNC will provide intensive growth strategy development and implementation assistance to 150 Western North Carolina growth-oriented entrepreneurs. This stage of companies, after startup but before maturity, tends to be underserved in the region and across the country. Read more...
ScaleUp WNC - An SBA ScaleUp America Community

Free Info & Networking Events for WNC Entrepreneurs Interested in Growing their Businesses

An upcoming series of free networking events throughout Western North Carolina will provide information about the ScaleUp WNC program and feature presentations from the region’s most successful entrepreneurs. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures on Mountain Xpress Cover

Blue Ridge Food Ventures is featured on the cover of Mountain Xpress as one of Asheville's Food Pioneers

Mountain Xpress takes a look at the roots of Asheville's thriving food scene and a few of the many individuals and organizations who built it from the ground up. Blue Ridge Food Ventures is profiled as one of those food pioneers, with Executive Director Chris Reedy pictured on the cover. Read more...
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Evening at Oskar Blues Brewery on October 20 benefits Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Feeling the Monday blues? Not when you hop over to the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard on Oct 20, where a percentage of sales benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. The event will include food samples from Blue Ridge Food Ventures and an open bluegrass and old-time jam session, with free shuttle service from Asheville and Biltmore Park. Read more...
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AdvantageWest website wins "Superior" by Southern Economic Development Council

The new website for AdvantageWest has won a "Superior" from the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with 900 members in 17 states and DC. This is the fourth consecutive year that AdvantageWest has been recognized for communications excellence by SEDC. Read more...
Stir Crazy, produced by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

A look back at the hottest party of the summer

Big thanks to everyone who attended, supported, and contributed to Stir Crazy, the party to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Check out a photo gallery from the event here. Read more...
News coverage

Ingles radio show features Blue Ridge Food Ventures producer

Ingles dietitian Leah McGrath interviews Blue Ridge Food Ventures producer 5th Sun Specialties, makers of salsa, hot sauces, and chips, on the "Ingles Information Aisle" radio show, airing on WWNC. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior is featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

Western North Carolina natural products industry on the rise

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on AdvantageWest's efforts to cultivate the natural products industry, and features an interview with Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior. Read more...

Blue Ridge Food Ventures award will enhance services for businesses needing co-packing services

The Community Foundation of WNC and the Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund announce a grant to Blue Ridge Food Ventures that will allow BRFV to serve even more clients with food and natural products businesses. Read more...

Magazine profiles Blue Ridge Food Ventures producer

Meet Blue Ridge Food Ventures client Joel Mowrey, a Western North Carolina farmer and owner of Smoking J's Fiery Foods. His company is the featured cover story of the regional business and lifestyle magazine, Capital At Play. Read more...
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