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The Business Side of the Food Industry

General Business Assistance
Food Regulatory Questions and Product Label Review
Legal Things to Think About
NC-Based Co-Packers
NC Shared-Use and Incubator Kitchens

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General Business Assistance

NCDA&CS Agribusiness Development Contacts:

Annette Dunlap (919.707.3117) or Ron Fish (919.707.3119)


  • Comprehensive Business Plan Review
  • Identification of potential financial resources
  • Referrals to regulatory agencies
  • Information regarding services of other agencies
  • Information about product liability insurance
  • Information about getting your product tested
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Food Regulatory Questions and Product Label Review

Contact: NC Food & Protection Division (919.733.7366) Ask for a Food Compliance Officer.
Or, visit their web site at:

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Legal Things to Think About

Sales & Use Tax Number (sales tax must be collected if you sell value-added products)

Low-Cost Legal Services for Entrepreneurs

Tax ID Number for Your Business and Other Tax Considerations:,,id=99336,00.html

Information on Business Legal Structures:,,id=98359,00.html

Guidelines for Incorporating, forming an LLC, or Registering a Business Name if you are a Sole Proprietorship operating as a “d/b/a” (Doing Business As):

Inspected Establishments willing to Process Meat Products

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NC-Based Co-Packers

Bobbee’s Bottling
3959 NC Hwy 39 South, Louisburg, NC
Contact: Jerri Alford
Phone: 919.496.4286
Contact web page:
Web page:

What they process:
Sauces, syrups, marinades, jellies, and seasonings (wet and dry mix).
Minimum order is 75 gallons.

Works with new entrepreneurs to scale up recipe for large-scale production.  Handles all ordering ingredients, mixing, chopping, cooking, testing, bottling, coding, and shipping.
Heat induction sealing
Two sided labeling
Blown on neck labeling
Flask labeling
Shrink band safety seal
Our quality assurance program guarantees product consistency
Volume shipping to any location or multiple locations
Vendor must provide own labels and have appropriate level of food liability insurance coverage.

D’Vine Foods
1585 US Hwy 701 S., Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Contact: Allie Nance
Phone: 910.862.2576
Contact e-mail:
Web page:

What they process:
Jams, jellies, ciders, juices, sauces, pickles, dressings, chow-chow, relishes, butters, syrups, salsas

Specialize in products that can be made from locally grown NC produce. Minimum order is a 20-25 case first run, approximately one-half batch for us.  Can put out about 200 cases a day of any product.

Shipping:  Freight truck or the customer can pick up; co-packer also has a truck that goes to Raleigh for customer pick up at no charge.

Labels:  Can print labels in house or producer can use outside suppler, whichever is most cost effective for them.

Golding Farms Foods
6061 Gun Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC
Contact: Mickey Craver
Phone: 336.766.6161 x1215
Contact e-mail:
Web page:

What they process:
Condiments and dressings (pourable liquids only)

Private label and co-packing services.
4 Food Scientists on staff
New, expanded fully equipped lab
Fully staffed QC Department
SQF 2000 Level III Certified, excellent rating
Assistance with packaging and ingredient sourcing

Recommended for food entrepreneurs experiencing one or more of the following:

Volumes are too low for a full production line
Not enough capacity in existing facility
Needs are temporary
Need special runs for test marketing
Need expertise in food lab R&D
Need expertise in sourcing
Volumes are too low for a full production line

Company sources all ingredients.  Customer must provide labels; company will provide assistance with sourcing design and printer, and complying with regulatory requirements.

Transylvania Vocational Services, Inc.
Street address: 11 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC 28712              
Contact : Nancy Stricker, CEO
Phone: (828) 884-3195
Contact e-mail:
Website URL:

What they process:
A wide range of blended dry food mixes such as bakery mixes, nonfat dry milk, corn-soy-blend, dry organic foods, spices and other products.

60,000 square foot plant; 40,000 square foot warehouse, with additional warehouse available for surge capacity; EDI capability and computerized inventory management; product development lab & test kitchen

Quality programs and certifications:
ISO 9001-2008; Silliker Audit; Total Quality Systems Audit (TQSA); USDA-AMS Dairy Plant certification, Plant #37-011; US Army Veterinary Command Approved Source; OU Kosher certified

Full-time Quality Manager and Food Technologist on staff

Product packaging options: 

Flexible Pillow-Style Bags with reclosable or non-reclosable features in the following sizes:

  • Smallest size:  5” X 7”  (can be used for 3.2 ounce individual packages)
  • Intermediate size: 7” X 11” (can be used for 2 pound bags)
  • Largest size:  8” X 15” (can be used for up to 5 pound bags)

Flexible Stand-Up Bags with reclosable or non-reclosable features in the following sizes:

  • Smallest size:  3.5” X 4.5” pouches
  • Largest size:  9.5” X 9.75” bags

Large Bag Packaging:

  • 10kg
  • 25kg

Semi-Automated fill for jars, canisters and pre-formed bags in smaller runs:

  • Smallest volume:  2 ounces
  • Largest volume:  1 pound

Vendor must have completed business plan and completed label review.

Quinn Specialty Products
603-B North Ashe Avenue, Dunn, NC 28334
Contact: Bryan Quinn
Phone: 910.892.0832
Contact e-mail:
Web Site:

What they process:
Barbecue sauce, steak sauce, marinades

Works with new entrepreneurs to scale up recipe for large-scale production.  Handles all ordering ingredients, mixing, chopping, cooking, testing, bottling, coding, and shipping.

Can fill 5 oz to 1-gallon bottles, jars and jugs in glass or plastic
Hot or cold bottling
High volume production
Volume Shipping to Any Location or Multiple Locations
Heat Induction Sealing
Two-sided labeling
Blown on Neck Labeling
Flask Labeling
Shrink Band Safety Seal
Product Consistency Guaranteed

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NC Shared-Use and Business Incubator Kitchens

By Region:

Region: Northeastern NC

Warren FoodWorks
108 S Main Street
Warrenton, NC   (Warren County)
Tim Williams
Office address: 108 S Main Street Warrenton, NC 27589

Hours of operation:
Monday – Sunday

List all the types of products that can be prepared in your kitchen:

  • Baked goods
  • Sauces
  • Jams/jellies
  • Pickles
  • Dry mixes/rubs
  • Prepared foods
  • Frozen food

Must have proof of product liability insurance

  • Must obtain proper inspections and permits
  • Must have deposit fee and first rent installment
  • Must agree with shared-use kitchen Standard Operating Procedures
  • Must follow procedure for reserving time in the kitchen

Rental and other fees:

  • $25/hr for 1 – 3 hours
  • $75 flat rate/daily for 3+ hours (must demonstrate full and effective use of space during requested hours)
  • Deposit is half of first months rent

Specialized equipment that your kitchen offers:

  • Blast chiller
  • Convection oven
  • Walk-in refrigerator/freezer

Other information:

Warren FoodWorks is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, historic Warrenton, approximately 15 minutes from I-85 and 45 minutes from I-95. Located an hour north of Raleigh, Warrenton is accessible by US 1, US 401, US 158, and NC 58. Ample parking is available for the facility with direct access to the building. 

Warren FoodWorks is an initiative of the non-profit organization, Working Landscapes. Our mission is to create more sustainable livelihoods for people in the Warren County region through stewardship of natural and cultural resources.  In other words, we want to help build and support a local economy through fostering landscapes that work—environmentally, socially, and economically. The community-kitchen project aims to enhance small food-businesses, promote the use of local ingredients, and build markets around locally produced goods.


Region: Western North Carolina

Blue Ridge Food Ventures
1461 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715 (the facility is part of the A-B Tech Campus)
Chris Reedy, Executive Director
Phone: 828.348.0128
Web Site:

Products that can be prepared:
Wet products, dry products, natural products

Specialized Equipment:

  • Steam Kettles
  • Commercial Ranges
  • Roll-In Rack Oven
  • Convection Ovens
  • Grill
  • Vertical Cutter-Mixer
  • Commercial Mixers and Food Procssors
  • Tilt Skillet/Braiser
  • Dehydrator
  • Juicer/Pulper 
  • Meat Slicer
  • Auger Filler for Dry, Flowable Products
  • Grinders
  • Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer
  • Dicer/Slicer for Fruits & Vegetables
  • Refrigeration and Freezers
  • Bottlers/Fillers
  • Labeler
  • Heat Band Sealer
  • Vacuum Sealer
  • Weigh-Fill Packaging Machine 

Client must have product liability insurance

Region: Southern Piedmont

Anson Community Kitchen
514 North Washington Street
Wadesboro, NC 28170 (Anson County)
Ann Teal, Director
Phone: 704-272-5445

Hours of Operation: Contact the director.

Products that can be prepared:
General baked goods, cookies, jams, etc.

Client must have proof of product liability insurance

Specialized Equipment:

  • Vulcan 10-burner range with two conventional ovens
  • Two baker’s pride full-size convection ovens
  • Traulsen 2-door freezer
  • Trausen 3-door refrigerator
  • Hobart sanitizing dishwasher
  • Metro mobile proofer
  • Microwave oven
  • 20-quart mixer
  • Commercial food processor
  • Commercial 1-gallon blender

Region: Piedmont/Triangle

Piedmont Food & Ag Processing Center (PFAP)
500 Valley Forge Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Matthew Roybal, Manager - PFAP
Phone: 919.245.3226
Web site:
Focus on support retail packaged foods, catering, vendor trucks, and small production.

Requirements may include any required certifications, permits, and insurance.

Specialized Equipment:

  • 60-gallon kettle
  • Rotational baking oven
  • Bottle filler
  • Juicers
  • Dehydrator
  • Vacuum-packaging machine

Region: Triangle

The Cookery
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701
Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, Owner
Web site:
Durham Cookery is a membership-based culinary incubator kitchen that offers a facility for individuals interested in developing or expanding a culinary business.

Specialized Equipment:

  • 4 Full Size Convection Ovens
  • 6 Burner Range
  • Salamander Broiler
  • 36” Char Grill
  • 36” Griddle
  • 40 lb Fryer
  • 80, 40 and 6 qt Mixers
  • Continuous-Feed Slicers/Graters
  • Continuous-Feed Robot Coupe Processors
  • 60 qt Immersion Blender
  • 60 qt Tilt Kettle
  • Bakers Station
    20 Sheet Pan Dough Proofer
  • Walk-In And Reach-In Coolers
  • Reach-In Freezers
  • 52 Rack per hour Dishwasher
  • Raw Meat Prep Area
  • Personal Lockers

Region Southeastern

Burgaw Incubator Kitchen
Street Address:  115 S. Dickerson Street, Burgaw (Pender County)
Contact e-mail:
Phone: (910)663-3451
Contact Name:  Rebekah C. Roth
Website URL

What they process:

  • Fresh Food Producers (limited service)
  • Baked Goods
  • Fresh or Frozen Produce
  • Acidified Foods
  • Dry Mixes
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Some Pet Foods
  • Product Development
  • Other foods when approved by NCDA&CS

Requirements of Users:

  • Proof of product liability insurance
  • Obtain kitchen management certification
  • Business Privilege License
  • Registration with FDA (federal)
  • Approval by NCDA&CS (state)

Rental and Other Fees:

  • $25 Kitchen Application Fee
  • $30 Kitchen Orientation Fee
  • $150 Cleaning & Security Deposit
  • $16/hour Burgaw Residents (fewer than 50 hours/month)
  • $12/hour Burgaw Residents (off hours 10pm-7am and fewer than 50 hours/month)
  • $20/hour Out of Town Rate (fewer than 50 hours/month)
  • $16/hour Out of Town Rate (off hours 10pm-7am and fewer than 50 hours/month)
  • $14/hour Burgaw Residents (more than 50 hours/month)
  • $10/hour Burgaw Residents (off hours 10pm-7am and more than 50 hours/month)
  • $16/hour Out of Town Rate (more than 50 hours/month)
  • $12/hour Out of Town Rate (off hours 10pm-7am and more than 50 hours/month)

Available Specialized Equipment:

  • Gas range, with 10 burners and convection ovens
  • 2 double convection ovens
  • 24” flat grill, gas
  • 36” flat grill, gas
  • 2 one-section reach-in refrigerators
  • 2 two-section reach-in refrigerators
  • 1 two-section reach-in freezer
  • Microwave
  • Food processor
  • Ice maker
  • Mobile warming cabinet
  • 30-quart floor mixer
  • Tea maker

Eastern Carolina Food Ventures
WestPark Business Technology Center
946 Penny Branch Road
Warsaw, NC 28398
Teresa Davis, 910.271.1750
E-mail: Teresa Davis,
Web site:

Eastern Carolina Food Ventures Incubator Kitchen is a regional, shared-use commercial incubator kitchen designed to help develop food entrepreneurs, create new food businesses, and grow existing food businesses.
Requires product liability insurance and proof of permit(s) from appropriate regulatory agencies.

Specialized Equipment:

  • Commercial Ranges 
  • Convection Ovens
  • Steam Kettle
  • Dough Cutter
  • Mixer                   
  • Pressure Cooker            
  • Cooker/Canner           
  • Dehydrator               
  • Food Processor           
  • Meat Grinder           
  • Vegetable Cutter
  • Shredder
  • Baking Rack and Proofer
  • Vegetable Slicer

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Ron Fish - Asst. Director - AgriBusiness Development
919-707-3119 fax: 919-733-0999
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