From starting a food business to nutritional resources, Got to Be NC is here to help members of our agricultural community and other professionals find the resources they need to enhance the quality and viability of the state’s agricultural industry.
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Starting a Food Business
I want to start my own food business. Now what?
Supplier Pathway To The Retail Grocery Shelf
NC State Food Science Department – getting started in a food business
Commercial business (product manufactured in a processing plant)
Home processor (product will be produced in your home kitchen)
NC-based co-packers, incubators & shared use kitchens
NC Business License Information Office
NC Department of Agriculture Marketing Business Development Office
Directory of establishments that slaughter and/or process meats
Food Labeling and Nutrition
NCSU Extension Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)
FDA Small Entity Compliance Guide
FDA Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
FDA Industry Resources on the Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
FDA Labeling & Nutrition Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information
FDA Compliance Guide for Serving Size
FDA Daily Value on the New Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
NC Shared-Use and Business Incubator Kitchens
Working Landscapes Main Street Kitchen
Out of the Garden Project Shared-Use Community Kitchen
Piedmont Food & Ag Processing Center (PFAP)
General Marketing Links
How to become a Got To Be NC member?
Fun With Ag! Download The Got To Be NC Activity Book!
NC State Farmers Markets & Ag Centers
NC Specialty Foods Association
NC Agricultural Associations
A full list of North Carolina Agricultural Associations can be found here.