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Application Process and Requirements

The Admission Process

  • Submit the online application
  • Mail us your product(s)
  • Products will be evaluated by the tasting panel
  • The Admissions Committee will review your application
  • Results will be emailed to you.

The timeline for a decision regarding your application will be approximately 10 days from the receipt of your product(s).


Company Requirements

  • Products or services you manufacture or represent must meet our definition of specialty.
  • Must have been selling your products or services for one year prior to date of application.
    • Companies in business for less than one year may apply as candidates.
  • Must provide five customer references, three of which must be from the United States.
  • Don't meet the requirements? Click here.

Product Requirements

  • Product label must have (in English):
    • Name of the food
    • Net weight in both US customary system and metric
    • Nutrition facts panel (unless product qualifies for small business exemption)
    • Statement of ingredients
    • Name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor
    • Any required allergen statement
    • For imported food products, country of origin statement
  • We must receive your product and all relevant information within 15 days of submitting your application.

How to Apply

Submit a completed application along with the following material:

  • Application fee ($100) in addition to Membership dues (Varies by membership type. See below).
  • Product sample from saleable stock (applicable to Producer/Supplier, Member Candidate and Representative memberships only)
  • Specification sell sheet

Create username and password, by clicking here prior to applying, if you have not already.

If your membership has lapsed within the last 2 years, you may be eligible to reinstate your membership and might not need to re-apply using this form. Please contact the Admissions Department for more information at or (646) 878-0303.

Please select the application that best describes your organization

Producer/Supplier Membership

Apply as a Producer/Supplier member if you take ownership of products and are a supplier to retail, institutional, or foodservice segments of the industry. This includes manufacturers, importers and distributors of specialty foods and accessory supplies (such as cooking, gift wrapping, labels, containers, and display fixtures suppliers). Membership dues are $300 per year.

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Buyer/Retailer Membership

Apply as a Buyer/Retailer member if you buy products from producers or suppliers and you sell them directly to consumers via retail stores, foodservice operations, restaurants, web-based retail, and catalogs. Membership dues are $300 per year.

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Representative Membership

Apply as a Representative member if you act on behalf of producers and suppliers to sell their products. Examples include: Food and beverage agents, food and beverage brokers, incubator kitchens, trade pavilion organizers, government trade agencies, and trade associations. Membership dues are $200 per year.

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Affiliate Membership

Apply as an Affiliate member if you provide products or services to producers and suppliers. Examples include: consultants, custom brokers, freight forwarders and other transportation companies, government agencies (i.e. USDA, FDA), package and graphic designers, publications, raw material suppliers, research companies, and universities. Membership dues are $500 per year.

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Candidate — Limited Benefits

Apply as a Candidate if your company does not meet the criteria to be a full member, is based in the U.S., has been in business for less than 1 year, and has between 1-4 retail outlets currently selling your product. Membership dues are $0 per year.

Apply for Candidacy