Approved General Membership from Specialty Food Association

Posted by Bell’s Reines on

Thank you for applying for membership as General Member with the Specialty Food Association.

Congratulations! Your application has been approved! You’ve taken an important step for your business development and we are excited to share this journey with you.

Background - FAQ 

What is the Specialty Food Association’s definition of “specialty foods?”

We define specialty food products as:

  • Foods and beverages that exemplify quality, innovation, and style
  • Products defined by some - or all - of these characteristics:
    • originality, authenticity, ethnic or cultural origin, specific processing, ingredients, limited supply, distinctive use, extraordinary packaging, and/or specific channel of distribution or sale
  • Products that maintain a high perceived value and often command a premium price

Who can apply for membership with the Specialty Food Association?

Start-ups and businesses in early-stage product development are welcome to join as well as established food manufacturers. We also welcome buyers, distributors, and brokers to SFA membership (see full list below).

There are two classes of membership, GENERAL and ALLIANCE.

General Members:
Businesses engaged in or with an intent to engage in the production, selling, or reselling of a specialty food product. General Membership is in two tiers (defined below). Examples of qualified businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturers
  • Accessory Suppliers
  • Brokers
  • Distributors
  • e-commerce Buyers
  • Importers
  • Ingredient Suppliers
  • Labels/Packaging
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers

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