Cannery Jar DisplayCommercial 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

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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:

Item Fee
Processing Fee $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.

Available Equipment


  • 3 Bay Sanitizing Station (1)
  • Produce Station (3)
  • Hand Station (2)

Steam-Jacked Kettles

  • 20-gallon (1)
  • 30-gallon (1)
  • 40-gallon (4)
  • 60-gallon (1)

Can Seamers

  • Gallon (1)
  • Quart (2)
  • Pint (1)


  • Vertical (3)
  • Horizontal (1)

Additional Equipment

  • Corn Kernel Remover (1)
  • Cooling Tanks (2)
  • Pulper/Juicers (2)
  • Apple Corer/Choppers (3)
  • Blancher (1)
  • Onion Chopper (1)
  • Produce Washer (1)
  • Processing Tables (5)
  • Rolling Carts 1,000 lb Scale (1)
  • Meat Grinder (1)
  • Meat Saw (1)
  • Potato Peeler (1)
  • 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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