Posts tagged specialty foods

Show some Valentine’s Day love and buy local flowers, chocolate and wine

This Valentine’s Day, show some love to your sweetheart AND North Carolina by purchasing locally grown flowers, chocolates and wine. The National Retail Federation shows that after greeting cards, candy and flowers are the most gifted items for the holiday. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a few suggestions for shopping for […]

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Specialty foods showcased at Southern Christmas Show

If you attend the final weekend of the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, be on the lookout for @ The Market N.C. Specialty Foods exhibit. The store features more than 200 items produced locally by 34 food businesses from across the state. You’ll find a variety of products for your upcoming holiday festivities, including cooking […]

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Food Business Almanac: Breaking down a UPC Code

NCDA&CS food business specialist Annette Dunlap offers resources that agribusiness owners and food entrepreneurs can use to grow and manage their business. Annette is available for free one-on-one consultations and can assist business owners with financial and market planning through the agribusiness development section. She can be reached at annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov. UPC Codes, or Universal Product […]

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Food Business Almanac: Product Design

NCDA&CS food business specialist Annette Dunlap offers resources that agribusiness owners and food entrepreneurs can use to grow and manage their business. Annette is available for free one-on-one consultations and can assist business owners with financial and market planning through the agribusiness development section. She can be reached at annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov. The old adage that a […]

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The Big Tasty is looking for next great N.C. food product

If you’ve been looking for the push to start a new food business or expand your existing product line, The Big Tasty contest may be the incentive you need. Blue Ridge Food Ventures and Mountain BizWorks recently announced the contest made possible through support from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund. The Big Tasty contest is […]

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Polka Dot Bake Shop gets gold at Fancy Food Show

Polka Dot Bake Shop’s Sweet Potato Crackers, Cracked Black Pepper Flavor earned the Charlotte-based company a Sofi Gold award at the 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. The award, which stands for specialty outstanding food innovation, is the top honor in the $75 billion specialty food industry and is presented by the National […]

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Food Business Almanac: Food safety is everyone’s business

NCDA&CS food business specialist Annette Dunlap offers resources that small-business owners and food entrepreneurs can use to grow and manage their business. Annette is available for free one-on-one consultations and can assist small-business owners with financial and market planning through the agribusiness development section. She can be reached at annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov. According to the Center for […]

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Flavors of Carolina showcases best of local products

Last week, the annual Flavors of Carolina food show was held in Raleigh. You could tell a lot about the event, which was held at the Hilton North Raleigh, by looking around the hotel parking lot. Cars, trucks and SUVs were covered with window decals and bumper stickers displaying locally produced sauces, snacks, wines and […]

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N.C. specialty foods showcase in New York

In a former Moore County tobacco field in Vass, Susan Rice recently showed N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler her plans for the largest truffle orchard in North America. Rice, a former real estate and land developer, now runs Black Diamond French Truffles, Inc., and Susan Rice Truffle Products with the hope to bring an appreciation […]

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