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Become a Specialty Food Association Member

Become part of a thriving community of 3,000+ food artisans, purveyors, and affiliated businesses. Joining the Specialty Food Association gives you access to a variety of members-only benefits and services, including the country’s premier specialty food events—the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows.

All applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee, comprised of Specialty Food Association members who volunteer their time to evaluate incoming applicants. In our office, we have staff dedicated to the Admissions process who can guide you from start to finish, through the application process. Fully completed applications are typically reviewed for a decision by the Admissions Committee within two weeks.

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Membership Types

Click on the membership types below to learn more about applying for membership in the category that best suits your business.


If your company has title to or ownership of the applicable product(s) and is a supplier to the retail, institutional, or foodservice segments of the industry, you are eligible to apply for membership under the Producer/Supplier category.

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Select this category if you have a specialty food, non-food, or beverage business that buys products from Producer/Supplier members and sell them directly to consumers.

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Representative Members

Representative members act on behalf of Producer/Supplier to sell their products.

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Affiliate Members

Affiliate members provide products or services to Producer/Supplier members.

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Member Candidates

New to the market? Our Member Candidate program supports new domestic food manufacturers and importers with less than one year in the business, and who have between one and four retail accounts.

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