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In addition to the manufacturing business, the company has also grown as a distributor. Ashman distributes and services direct store delivery to major markets such as; Harris Teeter, Ukrop’s Supermarkets, Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Bloom stores, as well as many independents in Virginia, D.C., some parts of Maryland, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Ashman Manufacturing & Distributing Company started in 1987 with just one product: our House London Broil Sauce. Since then, Ashman Manufacturing and Distributing Company has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of gourmet foods in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company ships products all over the country and exhibits at the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows as well as the Boston International Seafood Show.

Tim Ashman has served on the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) Scholarship Committee and has been a member of NASFT since 1992.

Ashman Manufacturing & Distributing produces many lines and products, some of which are proprietary (i.e. the House Seafood Marinade and Dry Blend lines and the Classic American Sauce and Dry Blend lines). Ashman is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor under a licensing agreement with the Bowman Companies (which has been purchased by Sazerac) for the Virginia Gentlemen Bourbon BBQ Sauce line using Virginia Gentlemen Bourbon.

After acquiring the licensing rights for the Virginia Gentlemen Bourbon sauce line, Ashman developed a line of seven sauces under the Virginia Gentlemen name, one of which captured the “Best New Product Award” (The Diamond Award) at the 2000 Virginia Food & Beverage Expo.

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Ashman also manufactures for leading companies such as Balducci’s, Whole Foods, A Southern Season, and others under their proprietary labels. Ashman is involved in producing and/or marketing for many well-known restaurants including Hill Country BBQ NY; Doc Pierce’s Bar-B-Que; Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company in Washington, D.C.; the King Street Blues product line in Old Town Alexandria; as well as many more throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

In 1996, Tim Ashman was presented with the Commissioner’s Award by the Virginia Department of Agriculture, which is awarded by the Division of Marketing to companies whose efforts to promote and support Virginia’s agricultural industry have been outstanding. Ashman was awarded because of his company’s extensive manufacturing, distributing, and marketing of approximately 150 different Virginia products. His company earned the Virginia’s Finest designation in 1989.

Tim Ashman served as Vice President of the Virginia Specialty Food and Beverage Association from 1993 to 1995, served as President of the organization from 1995 to 1997 and Chairman of the Board until 1998.