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From a home kitchen to stores nationwide, a N.C. toffee is still a family affair

By on November 19, 2020

A product that’s become an iconic N.C.-made sweet treat began like many other specialty foods in the state – in a family’s home kitchen. After many years of making toffee, Karen Graves turned her hobby into a business right from

Celebrate local foods at the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace

By on May 10, 2019

It’s time to get ready for the 2019 Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This event combines tractors, food, music, a carnival and kids activities with nearly 100 North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries

Winners named in N.C. Specialty Foods Association’s 2018 Product Competition

By on September 27, 2018

The N.C. Specialty Foods Association announced winners in its 2018 Product Competition, held Sept. 7 in Bermuda Run. This year’s competition was one of the largest yet, with 82 entries submitted across seven categories. Mike D’s BBQ was named Grand

News Roundup

News Roundup: July 2-8

By on July 8, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Senate backs bill to backs bill to label genetically modified food,” Charlotte Observer: Food packages nationwide

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Flavors of Carolina shows have been matching food businesses with buyers for more than 30 years

By on March 8, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Flavors of Carolina food shows have been helping North Carolina food companies connect with retailers, restaurants and food services since 1982. The goal of

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

By on February 10, 2014

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.

Specialty foods showcased at Southern Christmas Show

By on November 20, 2013

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

Food Business Almanac: Breaking down a UPC Code

By on August 30, 2013

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

Food Business Almanac: Product Design

By on June 24, 2013

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

By on August 25, 2012

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