Who is Virginia Food Works?
Virginia Food Works is a non-profit organization that works with existing and prospective producers of value-added foods, providing expertise and guidance on the steps involved from product development to final production. We also offer contract packing services, specializing in the creation of value-added foods from locally grown ingredients.
Virginia has one of the most versatile climates for growing crops, and yet 85% to 90% of what Virginians eat is sourced from out-of-state. Our hope is to add even more options for Virginians to enjoy the variety of locally grown produce from our state.
Virginia Food Works can assist you in renting the commercial kitchen, or you can hire our qualified staff to create and bottle your recipe for you – check out our Services page for more information.
What is value-added food?
Value-added food is literally food to which value has been added, either by adding ingredients or by preserving it in some way. A good example would be the transformation of tomatoes into pasta sauce or berries into jam.
What are acid and acidified foods?
The staff of Virginia Food Works is trained in the production of acid and acidified foods. Acid foods include foods high in natural acids like most fruits and tomatoes. Acidified foods include low acid foods such as beans or corn to which acidic ingredients have been added, making the final mixture acidic. We cannot advise on products containing meat, fish or dairy.
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