Food services associations

Important Hospitality, Food & Beverage Service Associations & Web Sites

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association — NRA.  The National Restaurant Association focuses on four broad areas of the food service industry–profitability and entrepreneurship; jobs and careers, food and healthy living; sustainability and social responsibility. They host an annual, four days foodservice show where close to 2,000 venders and tens of thousands of buyers come together to network and do business. Venders usually reserve this time to unveil new products, service, and equipment to an eager audience of industry movers and shakers.

The National Restaurant Association works closely with fifty two state restaurant associations. It is key that you become familiar with your states Restaurant Association. Your state restaurant association provides industry specific guidelines, tips, resources, and other important information foodservice in your state. Look up your state’s restaurant association here.

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United States Restaurant Associations.  Get to know your state’s restaurant association. They can assist you with state guidelines, regulations, and resources to help you get up and running the right way.

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Small Food Business

The soup to nuts resource for artisan food entrepreneur.  A great go-to-first site with a treasure trove of information specific to starting food businesses. Articles cover restaurant, food trucks, Farmers’ Market, Home-based Food Business, Online Food Business and more.

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Food Arts Magazine

Food Arts—the gold standard in the industry—is known for keeping its readers on the cutting edge with authoritative coverage of trends, news, and inspiration from across the globe. With the latest and hottest restaurant openings, business-building tips from colleagues, menu and food innovations, how-to culinary demos, tabletop fashions, state-of-the-art equipment, marketing ideas, and recipes galore, Food Arts serves the informational needs of the entire full-service segment of the restaurant/hotel industry. The magazine (published 10 times a year) has been an invaluable resource and inspiration for nearly a quarter of a century, and now FoodArts.com will supplement the magazine with online exclusives, chef interviews, videos, image galleries, and up-to-the-minute news.

Food Arts is a proud member of M. Shanken Communications, Inc., publisher of Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, The Whisky Advocate, Impact Report, and Market Watch.  Food Arts offers a FREE annual subscription to chefs and food service professionals and establishments.

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Culinary Incubator

Find a shared commercial kitchen in your town.  CulinaryIncubator.com is a site for the sole purpose of helping entrepreneurs find a place to produce their food product. This site was developed and designed by culinary and website experts, who found a need for an easy to use, straight and to-the-point website. Unlike other websites which have listings for commercial kitchens, we do not charge to list the kitchens. Our goal is for you to find a kitchen quickly and easily, and for kitchen owners to get tenants to keep them operating.

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National Association for Specialty Food Trade

National Association for Specialty Food Trade. If you are planning to produce a retail gourmet food or beverage product, then you owe it to yourself to become a member of  The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade is the preeminent not-for-profit business trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the $70 billion specialty food industry. The NASFT is an international organization composed of domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, distributors, brokers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers and others in the specialty foods business. The organization has more than 2,900 member companies in the U.S. and abroad.  They offer different levels of memberships, depending on your needs.  Membership features a wealth of benefits.

Each year the 17,000+ Winter Fancy Food Show attendees discover more than 80,000 products featuring the world’s finest foods and beverages from more than 1,300 exhibitors representing 35+ countries. The Fancy Food Show presents educational seminars and tours addressing the basics of specialty food, social media marketing and other topics important to manufacturers, foodservice and retailers. Their sessions are hosted by experts in the specialty food industry.

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NewHope360 is the premiere digital marketplace that connects the healthy lifestyle industry from supply to shelf. For Suppliers and Manufacturers: They connect you to your next customer, and provide you with the sourcing, market research, standards and legislative information you need to develop a trusted consumer product. For Retailers: NewHope360 provide the trends, operation tactics, products, and consumer concerns that give you the insight you need to grow your store.

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The mission of Prepared Foods editorial is to provide market trends, new product opportunities, ingredient formulation and product development solutions for those driving new product development within the food and beverage communities. Subjects covered include business-challenging issues involving ingredient use, consumer trends, news, regulations, and product application solutions.

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The Contract Packaging Association.

Find a co-packer in your town thru the Contract Packaging Association.  If you are looking for a contract packer, aka, co-packer to manufacture your prepared food or beverage product you need to check out this Web site. The Contract Packaging Association is a national, not-for-profit trade association that includes dynamic and growing companies offering contract packaging services. This website is a resource for anyone, including end-user manufacturing  packaged product sectors, looking for value-added and cost-effective contract packaging services.

Their RFQ (Request for Quote) feature) allows anyone needing a contract packager the opportunity to request information about a member company’s services, including packaging capabilities and service costs.

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The Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship

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Process Authority.  The Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship (NECFE) started as a jointeffort to expand the activities of the NYS Food Venture Center at Cornell University and the Center for Food Science at the University of Vermont, and was funded in part by Fund for Rural America/CSREES/USDA from January 2000 to January 2005.

Currently, NECFE activities are carried out by the New York State Food Venture Center (NYSFVC) with support from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and the Agriculture Innovation Center grant. The NYSFVC, which began operations in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Donald Downing, was an extension program of the Department of Food Science & Technology at Cornell University funded by New York State. The Venture Center provided technical assistance on food manufacturing issues to entrepreneurs and food companies by drawing on Cornell experts, links with the FDA and USDA, and the professional knowledge of the center director and extension support specialist. In over a decade of work, the NYSFVC fielded more than 2000 requests for assistance and helped to establish 450 new food manufacturing businesses.

The following types of publications are available from NECFE:

  • Initial Guide – Small-Scale Food Entrepreneurship: A Technical Guide for Food Ventures, a 108 page guide sent out to clients upon their first contact with staff.
    To order this guide contact Elizabeth Sullivan 315.787.2273 or email esk15@cornell.edu.
  • Fact Sheets – One-page informational sheets on a variety of Specialty Food Business issues.
  • Newsletters – Download the current issue of Venture. Back issues are also available.

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We are a newly renovated, well-lighted, clean and spacious commercial kitchen space in Long Island City that has been configured as New York City’s only Organic Food Incubator™ (OFI). The facility is available to rent for organic and non-organic food and drink companies who are in need of access to a NYS Department Agriculture and Markets commercially licensed, USDA organic and kosher certified kitchen to help grow their business.

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Go to the Specialty Food Resource for a list of  of contract packers (co-packers).

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Selling food products: recipe for success. Education. Entrepreneurship. Economic Development.   This link is the aspiring food entrepreneur.  All you need to know to sell your food / beverage product to the general public.  Through a network of 24 regional centers, the New York State Small Business Development Center delivers high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Thanks to there partners in the public and private sectors, there  services are free of charge.

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USDA Market News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops. Connect to the Portal to browse AMS Market News reports by commodity, report type, or publication. Customize your Portal experience to access comprehensive pricing and market information on hundreds of agricultural products for: Cotton – price and quality data for upland and extra long staple, weekly market review, linters, varieties planted, and carryover. Dairy – milk, butter, cheese, nonfat dry milk, whey, lactose, and other dry and fluid products. Fruit and Vegetable including ornamental crops (cut flowers), honey, pecans, and truck rates for fruits and vegetables. Livestock and Grain including red meats, wool, hay, feedstuffs, pulses (dry beans, peas, lentils), and bioenergy (biodiesel, ethanol, co-products). Poultry – chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, rabbits, and eggs.  Tobacco – quarterly stocks and historical information

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GourmetRetailer.com is a website created for retailers in the specialty food and housewares industries. On their site, you will find the latest industry news, trade show dates and information, links to industry associations, web-exclusive articles, and a searchable archive of hundreds of articles from The Gourmet Retailer print edition.

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A nonprofit trade organization founded in 1928, The American Institute of Food Distribution (The Food Institute)  providing information on food related trends,  changing legislation, nutritional and  labeling information, and reports on market statistics.

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The SFA (Snack Food Association) keeps its members abreast of the latest developments in a rapidly changing business environment by offering a wide array of educational opportunities. From seminars with top-notch speakers to sponsorship of research at leading universities, SFA helps its members remain on the leading edge of knowledge needed to successfully manage and grow their businesses.

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The American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages, now known as the American Beverage Association, first opened its show’s doors in 1920. From the onset of soft drinks “bottled” in aluminum cans, the first diet cola, and the launch of energy drinks, InterBev has seen dramatic shifts in both industry trends and beverage chemistry. Only four years ago the US FDA approved the use of the new zero-calorie sweetener, stevia, prompting yet another steep transformation in the beverage world. With an industry outdating itself by the year, InterBev has been pushed to meet the needs of the industry in unique ways.

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The International Bottled Water Association is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, IBWA members include U.S. and International bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA represents our industry’s uncompromising commitment to the safety and availability of bottled water worldwide.

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundred of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, supporting 255 million jobs and generating 9 per cent of world GDP.

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The New York City Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), which was formed January 2011, is an association of small businesses that own and operate premium food trucks in NYC focused on innovation in hospitality, high quality food, and community development. The Association aims to reinvent food truck vending in a way that is beneficial to New Yorkers, New York City, food truck entrepreneurs, and their patrons. Find more information about the NYCFTA on facebook at nycfoodtrucks or twitter at @nycfoodtruck.

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Culinology

The Research Chefs Association is the leading professional community for food research and development. Its members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and the science of food. Formed in 1996 by a group of food professionals with a common interest in the challenges facing the profession, the Research Chefs Association (RCA) has rapidly grown to approximately 2,000 members. RCA has become the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry, with a professionally diverse membership including chefs, food scientists, and other industry professionals who are shaping the future of food research and development.

What is Culinology®? RCA members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology- the blending of culinary arts and the science of food. Culinology, a registered trademark of the RCA, is a fast-growing discipline that has evolved from the valuable partnership between the culinarians and scientists who develop today’s finest food products.

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Star Chefs

StarChefs.com™, the magazine for culinary insiders, has been serving the restaurant industry since 1995. StarChefs.com’s original culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews across the world. Its mission is to catalyze culinary professionals’ success and give them the tools they need to overcome their specific challenges. In addition to featuring top chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, StarChefs.com’s Culinary JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry. StarChefs.com™ features more than 30,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content and generates traffic of over 30 million hits a month and was nominated for Best Web Site for Food and Nutrition by the James Beard Foundation.  StarChefs also offers hospitality companies powerful marketing opportunities such as market research, campaign development, site advertising, product sampling through event sponsorship, lead generation, and contextually relevant sponsorship placements.

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mobile cuisine food trucks

Mobile Cuisine Magazine is dedicated to delivering our faithful readers every must-read street food, food truck, food cart and food stand story bubbling up across the Web, along with exclusive news, interviews, and amazing photos.

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GIG’s Mission is to support persons with gluten intolerance, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, through consumer and industry services and programs that positively promote healthy lives.

GIG’s Branches fulfill GIG’s mission on a local and regional level through programs tailored to their communities.

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