Asheville’s food pioneers: Blue Ridge Food Ventures nurtures local startups

(Mountain XPress) Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a subset of AdvantageWest, a nonprofit regional economic development partnership serving Western North Carolina. The facility attracts many entrepreneurs who, like Anderson, need access to equipment that would be too expensive or impractical to purchase themselves. Other clients seek business advice, branding consultation or assistance with regulatory compliance and product development. In other words, all the things a new business owner needs in order to become successful and profitable. That kind of guidance is particularly crucial for, say, the person who might have a killer hot sauce recipe but has no clue how to get those bottles onto grocery store shelves. “A lot of people that we see are really more artisans than true production people,” Executive Director Chris Reedy explains. “Some of them may have business backgrounds, some of them may have food backgrounds, but there’s a big difference between working in a retail-style restaurant kitchen and working in a production kitchen. So what we try to do is really tailor our services to the people who need that kind of help.”

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