As far back as the 19th century, North Carolina anchored Southern Appalachia's status as a supplier for a wide range of plant-based ingredients like goldenseal, black cohosh, wild cherry, slippery elm, white willow, and many analogs, to traditional Chinese herbs like astragalus and ginseng.
That tradition continues with the equipment and services available with the Natural Products Manufacturing Facility at Blue Ridge Food Ventures and our partners in the natural products service industry.
THE NATION'S ONLY GMP-COMPLIANT, SHARED-USE FACILITY
The Natural Products Manufacturing Facility at Blue Ridge Food Ventures is the nation's only GMP-compliant shared-use facility for companies developing dietary supplements, body care products, functional ingredients, all-natural cleaning solutions, and pet care products.
WE HAVE THE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED
We have made the equipment investments so you don't have to! Your company can rent time in our facilities to manufacture and package your proprietary formulas, all within an FDA-inspected and registered manufacturing facility or we can make them for you. We produce small runs, develop prototypes for test marketing, and fill short-term production needs.
RESOURCES FOR NATURAL PRODUCTS COMPANIES, START TO FINISH
Our Natural Products Manufacturing Facility is part of a group of North Carolina nonprofit natural products service organizations that have banded together as the Natural Products Alliance of North Carolina. The purpose of the collaboration is to help natural products companies grow, formulate, test, make, and brand their botanically-based products in one vertical pipeline.
FROM GROWER CONTRACTS TO PILOT-SCALE MANUFACTURING & MORE
The Alliance's member organizations can facilitate everything from grower contracts and sourcing of wild crafted botanicals, to testing, authentication, formulation, and pilot-scale manufacturing, to workforce GMP training, access to capital and branding of finished products.
The Alliance consists of the following members:
- Bent Creek Institute
- Bent Creek Germplasm Repository
- BioNetwork Laboratory
- Blue Ridge Food Ventures
- NC State University
- NC Natural Products Association's Blue Ridge NaturallyTM branding project
- Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University
- US Botanical Safety Laboratory
The project is supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation.