2. Out-of-State Processed Items
GGINC member companies are strongly encouraged to explore every possible opportunity to have their products processed in North Carolina. If a NC – based processor is unavailable, an out-of-state processor may be used as long as all of the in state processing rules in addition to the rules shown below are met:
III. Associate Member Qualifications:
Any business that promotes and sells GGINC member products may qualify as an associate member. This would include grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors, specialty and other retail stores and farmers markets
IV. Membership Categories:
All members will be including in one of the following categories. If your product does not qualify, approval must be requested in writing to the Goodness Grows Manager. Inclusion in the Goodness Grows in North Carolina program under the following categories requires that all inspections are current and you meet or exceed all membership criteria.
1. Fruits / Vegetables
NC grown fruits and vegetables must meet USDA Number 1 grades or better. Only top quality products will be accepted. Products not grown in NC may not be shipped/sold in boxes or packages bearing the GGINC logo.
2. Fresh / Processed Meats
Must be raised and packaged / processed in North Carolina. Must comply with NCDA & CS, County Health Inspection, and/or FDA standards. For more information, please visit http://www.agr.state.nc.us/vet/meat_poultry/pdf/InspRequireM&PBusinesses.pdf .
3. Dairy / Frozen Foods / Eggs
All inspections must be current. Must be consistent with all state and federal laws for the production and sale of dairy, frozen and egg products.
4. Bottled Water
Must be from a NC Spring or underground natural water source
5. Beer / Wine / Soft Drinks
Must be bottled in NC and include NC ingredients when available
6. Processed Food Items
Main ingredient must be from NC, when available. If the main ingredient is not from NC, prior approval must be requested for inclusion. See processed product guidelines.
7. Out-of-State Processed Food Items
The main ingredient must be from North Carolina. If the main ingredient is not in season in North Carolina, NO SUBSTITUTIONS MAY BE MADE.
Producers of cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, horse, goat, ostrich and emu. Quarantined herds do not qualify.
9. Field Crops
Corn, soybeans, grain crops.
To be listed as an organic producer, you must be in accordance with The National Organic Program or have a certified organic product (must provide documentation). For more information on The National Organic Program, please visit http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm .
To qualify as a Goodness Grows in North Carolina or Freshness From NC Waters member in the category of seafood, the product must be farm raised on a NC farm or caught by a NC fisherman and brought to port on the NC coast. If the catch was made on the NC Coast by an out of state fisherman but brought to port on the NC Coast; it is an eligible product only if the company selling the catch is a member of GGINC or FFNCW.
12. Farmers Market (Associate Membership Only)
A majority of the vendors and applying markets must be NC growers and selling NC products.
13. Non-Food Items (Soaps, Lotions, etc…)
The primary component must be from NC
14. Green Industry (Nursery, Greenhouse, Trees, etc…)
Items must be grown in North Carolina. Nursery operators are strongly encouraged to be certified by the NCDA & CS Plant Industry Division.
15. Animal Feeds
Feed must be processed in NC and primary ingredient must be North Carolina grown. PET TREATS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP.
V. Application and Documentation Requirements to use the Goodness Grows in North Carolina Label:
2. Acceptable Forms of Documentation:
1. Any person or firm representing and packaging North Carolina agricultural or food products may submit an application to use the Goodness Grows in North Carolina label on eligible products.
2. Application shall be made on forms provided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
3. Permission to use the Goodness Grows in North Carolina label will be granted upon NCDA&CS committee approval of application. Application and products will be under continual review by the Goodness Grows in North Carolina committee. All decisions of the Goodness Grows in North Carolina committee are final.
4. Applicant must furnish three copies of product(s) labels and five product(s) samples in a finished package.
1. Marketing service assistance.
2. Assistance in Retail, Foodservice and Institutional marketing.
3. Advertising, sales promotions, merchandising, public relations campaigns and special media promotions throughout the year.
1. Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who shall violate any provision herein, give false information in the application to package products under the Goodness Grows in North Carolina label, or use any container bearing the Goodness Grows in North Carolina label for packaging products which are not of North Carolina production, shall be subject to a suspension of his/her authority to use the Goodness Grows in North Carolina label.
2. Nothing herein shall be construed to exempt any person or firm from provisions of other applicable laws or regulations.