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. Blue Ridge Food Venture’s mission is to provide infrastructure and technical assistance to enable small businesses entering the marketplace with safe and wholesome foods and natural products, thereby assisting in the creation of new businesses, new jobs, and new revenues for the region.
Shared-use Production: in a shared-use arrangement, the client provides their own production ingredients, packaging and labor, using BRFV’s guidance and equipment to produce their own food or natural product. Staff may provide guidance on sourcing, equipment and sanitation training, recipe scale-up, formulation, shelf-stability, navigating regulatory controls and developing production efficiencies.
Labor-assisted Production: A labor-assisted production uses BRFV’s in-house staff to produce a food or natural product using the client’s recipe(s) as a guide.
The client is still responsible for sourcing ingredients and packaging and having them delivered to the facility in advance of production scheduling. In addition, the client is responsible for shipping final products from the facility to their final destination. It should be noted labor-assisted production is not suitable for every client or product; products must have existing sales and a track record of sales growth. Production minimums often start in the 2,000 units per production range.
The fees listed below are intended to help guide you in your business planning. Fees may change as the facility grows. We will give users as much notice as possible whenever changes in the fees are made.
Initial Tour 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.
A tour for individuals or groups from out of the western North Carolina Region who might be interested in starting their own incubator facility is $100 per hour.
Orientation and Application Fee $75 one-time fee. This fee covers the required safety and sanitation training provided by BRFV as well as the one-on-one training necessary to use the facility safely.
Cleaning Deposit $75.00 (non-refundable)
This amount will be to pay cleaning costs for Users who leave the kitchen in an unacceptable manner. This is a non-refundable deposit.
Security Deposit $75.00 (non-refundable)
This will be applied to any damage or breakage caused by misuse of equipment. This is a non-refundable deposit.
User Fees $31 per hour per production area; Maximum of 6 workers. The minimum billable period is one hour.
The first 1-35 hours per calendar month $ 31 per hour
The 36th-80th hours per calendar month $ 25 per hour
All hours over 80 hours in a calendar month $ 21 per hour
Accepted Business Stages
- Pre-venture (idea phase, limited sales)
Accepted Business Types
- Food Truck / Mobile Vendor
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