We are a full service contract packer (co-packer) ready to process your food product from start to finish. We can take your ingredients and recipe and turn them into a finished, resale-ready product. Our co-packing services work well for everyone from farmers with an abundance of produce in the summer to food entrepreneurs looking to scale up production.
If your schedule prevents you from taking the time to process your own product at the Prince Edward Cannery and Commercial Kitchen, or you just want to have a great food product without all of the manufacturing stress, we are available to help. Drop off your produce to us and we will return it processed, labeled and ready to go to market!
Our hourly rate includes experienced staff members, facility rental, bulk food processing equipment, product liability insurance, sanitation supplies, pH testing, Better Process Control School certified staff, batch coding of products and our staff’s assurance of regulatory compliance with FDA and VDACS. Hourly rates differ depending on the number of Virginia Food Works’ staff members needed for production. There is a 4-hour minimum to book our services. Ingredients, jars, lids, and labels are paid for separately. Additional charges may apply for overtime, delivery receiving, and other services. Contact us for a full schedule of rates.
|Number of employees needed||Co-packing Rate|
|1 VFW Employee||$65/hr*|
|2 VFW Employees||$85/hr*|
|3 VFW Employees||$105/hr*|
|4 VFW Employees||$125/hr*|
*There is a $5 per hour discount if at least one Virginia grown/produced ingredient is utilized in the recipe.
Clients may work alongside VFW employees to make the their food product. Bringing multiple people to help with production can be a good way to keep costs of production down. In this hybrid model, co-packers need at least one VFW employee to ensure compliance with regulations and record keeping.
Co-packing with pre-approved recipes
Many farmers have an abundance of produce during the season, but don’t have the time to develop their own recipe. We have a range of pre-approved recipes that can transform that glut into a shelf-stable product that can be sold year-round! VFW even offers cold storage to preserve your produce until you are ready to process it. Our pre-approved recipes include:
- Applesauce (plain and flavored)
- Fruit Jams, Jellies and Preserves (plain and flavored)
- Mushroom Garlic Vinaigrette
- Fruit Syrups or Toppings (plain and flavored)
- Pasta and Marinara Sauce
- Tomato Soup
- Pepper Jelly
- Pizza Sauce
- Half Peaches in Syrup
- Dill & Garlic Pickles (chips, not spears)
Packaging & Labeling
Clients may bring their own new jars to use for processing or they may take advantage of the stock available through Virginia Food Works. Currently, 9 oz glass jars and 12 oz bottles and corresponding lids are available for purchase. If you would like a particular size or shaped jar, we can work with you to find one that works with the cannery’s equipment.
Virginia Food Works can provide referrals and assistance with developing product labels, including Nutrition Facts, UPC codes, batch codes, and FDA label requirements. We have a Primera AP362 Label Applicator available to apply labels to round jars that do not have raised lettering on the surface.
In order to facilitate entry into the value-added foods market, Virginia Food Works offers pre-designed label templates that meet commercial requirements. If you don’t have the time or money to spend on designing your own label or want to fast track your product to the marketplace, the template is a great option. We are happy to recommend graphic designers to assist in editing in information specific to your business and to help clients who wish to develop their own branding and label style; contact us for more information.
Commercial Kitchen Rental
If you have an established food business and are looking to take your production to the next level, our commercial kitchen rentals may be a good fit for you. Our large-volume steam kettles, filling machine, scales and label applicator speed up production, making the drive to Farmville worthwhile.
Rental clients will need to manage all aspects of production on their own, from process approval to VDACS inspection, though Virginia Food Works can provide technical support in these areas. A VFW employee will also be on-site to assist with the use of equipment as well as sanitation protocols in the facility.
Please contact us if you are interested in renting out our facility.
For information on renting the facility for personal use (“home canning”), visit the Prince Edward County Cannery page. Home canning is for personal consumption only as the foods created are not for resale.
For any inquiries, contact us at info@VirginiaFoodWorks.org