The Blue Ridge Naturally™ seal is designed to bring international and national attention to Western North Carolina's emerging natural products industry. The seal emphasizes Western North Carolina's superior quality in finished natural products and regionally grown raw materials.
If you manufacture natural products in Western North Carolina, carrying the seal on your products tells your customers they can trust that your products are traceable and you are working to source from Western North Carolina, a region of distinction in the natural products industry.Growers certifying crops from Southern Appalachia receive support through connection to WNC manufacturers, regional retailers and consumers.
If you are a savvy consumer who is seeking traceable natural products from a region you can trust, then you can see the difference with the Blue Ridge Naturally™ seal. BRN™ sealed products will be
Companies that gain the Blue Ridge Naturally ™ seal also support sustainable agricultural and wildharvesting practices and aim to increase their use of traceable Southern Appalachian ingredients.
Here's a sampling of retailers where you can find Blue Ridge Naturally certified products.
The Blue Ridge Naturally™ ™ Seal is a collaborative effort of Bent Creek Institute, BioNetwork Laboratory, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, North Carolina State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, the Small Business Technology and Development Center and the North Carolina Natural Products Association. It is sponsored by Advantage West and the Golden LEAF Foundation. All Blue Ridge Naturally™ seal companies will be encouraged to use the services of these qualified entities to improve their growing and manufacturing processes to further support WNC as a region of distinction for natural products.