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Cannery - Commercial Clients





Commercial Clients may process shelf-stable, refrigerated, frozen, or dry products to sell directly to a consumer or to third parties such as restaurants, grocers, co-ops, and institutions. Shelf stable products must be acidified and high acid foods such as fruits, preserves, jams and jellies, salsas, sauces, etc.

Virginia Food Works is a non-profit that works with Prince Edward County to encourage the development of new food businesses.  Food Works’ Processing Specialists work with Commercial Clients providing advice and supervision as you develop your recipe and begin processing. A more detailed list of how Virginia Food Works can assist you can be found at

2017 Hours of Operation 

(Processing Foods for Resale)
Advance Reservations must be made
January through May
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June through December
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Scheduling prioritized on a first come, first served basis.

Strawberry preserves processed by Homegrown Virginia

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In an effort to promote agribusiness, all Commercial Client assistance services provided by Virginia Food Works are free of charge.  Rental fees of the Prince Edward County Cannery and Commercial Kitchen are as follows (click here for full information):

$50.00 one-time
Prince Edward County Business/Commercial Client Residents
$10.00 per hour
Tobacco Commission Region Business/Commercial Client Residents*
$16.00 per hour
Other Area Business/Commercial Clients:  
Products including one Virginia grown ingredient
$20.00 per hour
Products not including Virginia grown ingredients
$25.00 per hour
* Virginia Food Works representative will identify “Tobacco Region” Business Clients if Clients are not already aware of their status.

When there’s too many to do by hand, use the label applicator!


  • Sinks
  1. 3 Bay Sanitizing Station (1)
  2. Produce Station (3)
  3. Hand Station (2)
  • Steam-jacked kettles
  1. 20-gallon (1)
  2. 30-gallon (1)
  3. 40-gallon (4)
  4. 60-gallon (1)
  • Small Scales
  1. 11 oz
  2. 10 lb.
  • Retorts
  1. Vertical (3)
  2. Horizontal (1)
  • Pulper/Juicers (2)
  • Apple Corer/Choppers (3)
  • Blancher (1)
  • Dishwasher (1)
  • Produce Washer (1)
  • Processing Tables (5)
  • Walk-in Cooler (1)
  • Walk-in Freezer (1)
  • 1,000 lb Scale (1)
  • Rolling Carts
  • ph Meters (2)
  • Label Applicator (1)
  • Metered Filler (2)
  • Various Small Wares
  • Various Food Processors
    • Robot Coupe R401B
    • Robot Coupe CL50 Ultra E
    • Robot Coupe CL55


Commercial users also have access to a loading dock and pallet jack should they require it.

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