Food & Beverage

With a rich history in agriculture and food production, eastern North Carolina is well-positioned to support food and beverage-related manufacturers and distributors. From the creation of Pepsi to the culinary items produced by award-winning chefs, eastern North Carolina is home to a thriving food and beverage scene. When it comes to agriculture, more than 60% of the nation’s supply of sweet potatoes comes from North Carolina with many of those farms right here in the East.

With plentiful assets, eastern North Carolina is a hub for food-related industry:

  • Abundant water resources
  • Strong and skilled talent pipeline
  • Top-ranked training programs

Food Commercialization Center

Development is underway for the Eastern North Carolina Food Commercialization Center. Located in Pitt County, this 30,000 SF state-of-the-art facility will provide essential food processing services for farmers, food manufacturers, and entrepreneurs in a seven-county region. It is expected to be fully operational in 2023 with many highlights including:

  • FDA approved and FSMA compliant
  • Entrepreneurial assistance offered
  • Co-manufacturing services
  • Packaging lines available
  • Warehouse and distribution capabilities
  • Space for anchor tenant

Innovative Industry Sectors

Food & Beverage
Machinery & Metals
Wood & Paper Products
Chemicals & Plastics

industry leaders

Military Bases

Minges Bottling Group
Duck Rabbit
Social House Vodka
Ham Farms
Sam Jones BBQ
Vivian Howard
Blue Mountain Flavors
Sanderson Farms
J&J Snack Foods
Atlantic Seafood
Walton's Distillery
Case Farms
Mission Foods
Mt. Olive Pickle Co.
Select Genetics
Legacy Foods
Fulcher’s Seafood
Pamlico Packing Co.
RE Mayo Seafood