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.

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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...
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Loyalty program benefits Blue Ridge Food Ventures

LoLo (Locals Supporting Locals) is a digital local loyalty program working only with locally-born businesses. LoLo essentially turns any account-connected credit or debit card into a rewards card, by tracking spending when those cards are used with participating businesses. When you sign up here, Blue Ridge Food Ventures benefits! Read more...
BaconFest returns on Aug. 30, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

BaconFest Asheville is BACK, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Celebrate pork! The 2nd Annual BaconFest Asheville is August 30, with proceeds benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures Read more...
The summer's hottest party is Stir Crazy, produced by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Fundraiser on July 24 to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

A party on July 24, 6-9pm--what would traditionally be the evening before Bele Chere--will benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, featuring food, craft beer, wine and cocktails, live music, and silent auction and raffle items that range from restaurant gift certificates and zipline passes to Disney World tickets. Tickets are now on sale. 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...

Asheville Radio Group public affairs program on Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Learn about Blue Ridge Food Ventures and our winter CSA program (community supported agriculture) in this interview between Bill McClement, News & Public Affairs Director at Asheville Radio Group, and Chris Reedy, the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures since July 2013. 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...
Vortex Doughnuts, winner of The Big Tasty contest

Vortex Doughnuts wins The Big Tasty, a contest to discover the best new food biz idea in NC

Blue Ridge Food Ventures' first-ever competition drew nearly 60 contestants from across the state. Read more...
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AdvantageWest report spotlights 10 emerging food product markets

The mandate of this research was to assess the potential viability and marketability of some value-added natural products that traditionally had not been produced in the area to any great extent. We learned that there is tremendous potential for a variety of value-added products. Read more...
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NY Times features Blue Ridge Food Ventures in business article

Searching for a small-business incubator? This archived article from The New York Times mentions Blue Ridge Food Ventures as an example of the different types of incubators you might consider. Read more...

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