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Value-Added Food Products

Examples of value-added foodstuffs

Looking for ways to increase profits by cooking, canning, freezing, frying, chopping, or pickling your raw agricultural products, and selling them in jars, pouches, cans, bottles, bags, or boxes? This page offers resources and tools for making and selling value-added food products.

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Product Cost Calculators

Farmers will get involved with value-added food processing in different scenarios. The following calculators will help estimate profitability of four of those possibilities, starting with a small, on-farm kitchen and extending to the idea of building a large scale production facility.

  NCAT Commercial Kitchen On Your Farm Product Cost Calculator (Excel)

  NCAT Commercial Kitchen Hourly Rental Product Cost Calculator (Excel)

  NCAT Commercial Kitchen Long Term Lease Product Cost Calculator (Excel)

  NCAT Commercial Kitchen Build-Operate Product Cost Calculator (Excel)


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Scaling Up for Regional Markets
This tutorial provides lessons and information for farmers who have success in smaller and more direct marketing channels and who are interested in expanding their operations to meet a growing demand for local food. There is a specific lesson on Value-added Products.



Adding Value to Farm Products: An Overview - IP141


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Adding Value to Farm Products: Getting the Legal Ducks in a Row


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Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions - IP242


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Food Dehydration Options - IP147

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Grain Processing: Adding Value to Farm Products - IP140


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Keys to Success in Value-Added Agriculture - IP172


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Oilseed Processing for Small-Scale Producers - IP134


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NOTE: The proceding documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Acrobat Reader.

Materials from the Beyond Fresh Project

In 2018, a team led by the National Center for Appropriate Technology completed a three-year research and education project called
Beyond Fresh: Expanding Markets for Sustainable Value-added Food Products in Texas. Materials from the project are available on the project report website. We hope you find them useful.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2014-38640-22155 through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number LS14-264. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Beyond Fresh: a Food-Processing Guide for Texas Farmers

Taking a "Farmer First Approach," this decision-making workbook helps you decide what products to create, how to make and sell them, and at what scale. It includes chapters on choosing a commercial kitchen, dealing with regulations and food safety laws, designing labels and packaging, and seeking funding for your new food enterprise.


Other Links

SARE Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems
USDA Rural Development, Value-Added Producer Grants
• National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, "Farmers Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program"
Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center
Oregon State University Value-Added Food Product Development
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center


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This page was last updated on: May 4, 2018