100+ Most Influential Restaurant and Foodservice Industry Associations in the World

Whether you’re searching for the right restaurant association to help optimize your current business, or support your cross-border expansion, you’ve come to the right place.

While there are thousands of foodservice associations to choose from, certain organizations are just more worthwhile the investment. The extreme transformation over the last years will change the way the food sector operates in the future. When local market insights, innovation, and connections are key to success, working with the right partner makes all the difference.

No matter what area you’re looking to enter or level up, we’ve got your back with this overview. From the biggest and most traditional restaurant associations to relatively new innovative organizations, here are our picks of the most influential foodservice industry associations in the world to help you reach your goals, broken down by geographical area.

Foodservice Associations Globally

Americas

The global foodservice market is predicted to reach $4.2 trillion (USD) by 2024, showing a CAGR of 3.6 percent and a value increase of $1.1 trillion between 2019–2024. The U.S. market is expected to maintain a 3.1% growth during this period.

The Latin American foodservice sector is forecasted to reach $270 billion (USD) by 2021, representing an increase of 11% in comparison with 2016. The habit of eating out is growing quickly in major markets like Brazil and Colombia, resulting in significant increases in the spending on food.

The definition of “restaurants” will continue to change as off-premises traffic and sales drive industry growth. Delivery, subscription services, virtual restaurants, and pick-up at retail locations change the conditions and the competitive landscape. Smaller kitchen spaces and sustainability drive innovation, increasing the demand for advanced technology and efficient solutions. Moreover, specific dietary, plant-based diets, nutrition, and lifestyle needs present new opportunities to appeal to customers.

The options within foodservice associations in the Americas range from global associations covering the complete supply chain to associations specialized in certain areas like Manufacturing or Special Dietary.

Argentina

1. La Asociación de hoteles, restaurantes, confiterias, y cafés (The Association of hotels, restaurants, confectioneries, and cafes, HRCC) 

The leading foodservice association in Argentina.

With over 100 years of experience, HRCC has established itself as a stable partner and the leading association within all areas related to hospitality and gastronomy activities in Argentina.

It offers personalized support for its members, and advises on business development, training, legal matters, and more.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1905
  • Location: Headquarters in Buenos Aires, present across Argentina. 
  • Community: A mix of hotels, restaurants, and pastry professionals representing businesses of all sizes.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.ahrcc.org.ar

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified – contact HRCC for details.
  • Member benefits: Market research, training, education, consulting, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified – contact HRCC for details.
  • How to join: Fill out their online form and an HRCC representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process and the benefits.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION: 

  • Check out events and activities carried out by HRCC on their website.

Brazil

2. Associação Brasileira de Bares e Restaurantes (The Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants, Abrasel) 

Represents more than 6 million companies in 27 states of Brazil

Abrasel was founded by businessmen from bars and restaurants who concluded that the big problems of their establishments and the rest of the sector in Brazil can be solved with collaboration and a focus on quality and efficiency.

As one of the leading foodservice associations in Brazil, Abrasel runs several initiatives that stimulate growth of the sector, facilitate entrepreneurship, and improve the quality of life of its members and Brazil in general. The food sector brings together one million businesses that generate six million direct jobs across Brazil, currently representing 2.7% of the national GDP.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1986
  • Location: Headquarters in João Pessoa. Present in 27 states of Brazil.
  • Community: A mix of bars and restaurants, ranging from small entrepreneurs to big brands.
  • Number of members: 6 million+
  • Website:  www.pb.abrasel.com.br

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Varies depending on the type of business, size, ownership etc.
  • Member benefits: Marketing exposure on the website, special and exclusive discounts, access to promotional and institutional events, industry research, support in collaborating with public authorities, special packages for congresses, fairs, lectures, seminars, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranges between R50-220 ($9-40 USD) per month. 
  • How to join: Consult the Abrasel section nearest you to learn how to join and what advantages and services it can offer you. If you fill out their online form, one Abrasel representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Abrasel’s work with political and business leaders on municipal, state and national levels have resulted in important achievements for the sector in Brazil. Regulation of tipping and intermittent work are just two examples.
  • Abrasel runs several regional projects focused on gastronomy promotion as a competitive differential for tourism, in collaboration with local communities. In 2015, they launched the slogan “Starting from the streets simplifies Brazil”, where it proposed that the changes that the country demands must be scalable and start from the streets.
  • Abrasel has a strong presence in the qualification area. They host several national events throughout the year, with lectures, debates and show-classes with leading experts in the sector. Their platform, Abrasel Connection, presents several tools and resources centered around increasing the productivity of the sector, with a series of free online courses and its own social network.

3. Associação Nacional de Restaurantes, (The National Restaurant Association, ANR)

Represents 9,000+ associated commercial points throughout Brazil

It was the desire to centralize the dialogue with government agencies and implement improvement initiatives for their businesses that led a group of restaurant entrepreneurs from São Paulo to create ANR back in the days. Successful negotiations resulted in several improvements for the sector, closer ties with regulatory bodies, and an increased market share.

ANR currently represents more than 9,000 associated commercial points throughout Brazil and offers an entire ecosystem focused on training all members and their teams.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Started as Aprest in 1990, focused on São Paulo. In 2007, Aprest transformed itself into a national restaurant association, ANR.
  • Location: Headquarters in São Paulo, with presence across Brazil.
  • Community: The entity gathers food service operators, such as restaurants with one or a few stores (called independents), in addition to large food chains, franchisees and franchisors. Associates include D.O.M., Fasano, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Subway, China In Box and Habib’s. It also brings together companies that provide products and / or services to operators .
  • Number of members: 9000+ associated commercial points throughout Brazil, including bars, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, kiosks etc.
  • Website: www.anrbrasil.org.br

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: ANR members are divided into food service operators and supplier partners.
  • Member benefits: There is an entire ecosystem focused on training all members and their teams. Access to information on legal issues, health, HR and technical legislation, among other fronts. ANR also offers free or lower-cost courses, webinars and better discount deals for its members with card operators and food vouchers.  Moreover, ANR represents their community in their relations with public authorities, class entities and with society in general.
  • Cost and payment options: For Bars, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, kiosks etc. the value is calculated based on the size (number of stores) of each member. It goes from R $ 170 ($31 USD) / month for the 1st store to a ceiling. For members from the North and Northeast of Brazil, there is an annual fee of R $ 600 ($109 USD). Companies that supply products and services for the sector can also join ANR for R $ 8 000 ($ 1457 USD) per year.
  • How to join: If you fill out their online form, one ANR representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Along with an extensive range of workshops and technical courses taught by market experts, ANR invests in industry events that have become a reference within the sector. Some of the main events are ENCOVISAS, RestauraRH, and SUPPLY TECH. 
  • ANR also maintains partnerships with universities, such as Anhembi Morumbi and SENAC, to offer scholarships to members. 

Canada

4. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA)

The largest hospitality association in Canada

Much has changed since Restaurants Canada was founded in 1944, but their purpose remains the same: to help foodservice businesses grow and succeed.

More than a million entrepreneurs and their employees produce over $53 billion in gross sales of prepared meals in Canada. The CRFA provides a wide range of services designed to help you start, run and grow your business in the foodservice sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1944 (then under the name the Canadian Restaurant Association)
  • Location: Headquarters in Toronto. Present throughout the country.
  • Community: Restaurants and foodservice operations across Canada
  • Number of members: 30,000
  • Website: www.restaurantscanada.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Several membership types, ranging from New Business Owner to Large Chain.
  • Member benefits: Access to cost-saving programs, exclusive industry insights, tools, best practices, books, toolkits, and articles specifically designed to help you start, run and grow your business to the next level. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The CRFA presents several resources centered around what’s cooking in Canada’s foodservice industry on their website, ranging from authoritative industry research to books, toolkits, and articles.

Chile

5. Asociación Chilena de Chef (The Chilean Chef Association, ACCHEF AG)

The first Association of Chilean chefs in Chile

As the first Chef Association in Chile, ACCHEF AG runs several initiatives centered around improving and standardizing the careers of cooks in Chile. The gastronomy association also participates in corporate social responsibility projects, in partnership with other organizations such as SOS Villages.

In collaboration with CHILE VALORA, ACCHEF has helped develop the program of labor competence improvement for the gastronomy sector in Chile, within labor competency certification at the country level.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified.
  • Location: Headquarters in Santiago
  • Community: Professional chefs across the country.
  • Number of members: 25+ professional chefs across Chile. ACCHEF do also have representatives abroad. See detailed member overview on ACCHEF’s website.
  • Website: www.acchef.cl

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified – contact ACCHEF for details. 
  • Member benefits: Networking, activities in favor of national cuisine, cooking groups, events, seminaries, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified – contact ACCHEF for details. 
  • How to join: If you fill out their online form, one ACCHEF representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • In 2014 ACCHEF launched the 100 K project related to sustainable gastronomy. 

Colombia

6. Asociación Colombiana de la Industria Gastronómica (The Colombian Association of the Gastronomy Industry, Acodres)

60+ years of experience supporting restaurants across Colombia

Acodrés has positioned itself as one of the most important foodservice associations in Colombia. By bringing together local food establishments across the country, it influences public decisions and advances the development of the gastronomy sector.

The foodservice sector in Colombia consists of more than 44,000 legal restaurants and represents 4% of GDP. In the capital Bogota alone, it generates more than 600,000 direct and indirect jobs.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1957 as ACOGRAN. It changed its name to the Colombian Association of Restaurants and Related Services in the early 1980s. 
  • Location: Headquarters in Bogota with 14 Regional Chapters
  • Community: A mix of foodservice establishments of different sizes. See a detailed overview of current members on Acodrés’ website.
  • Number of members: 2,000+
  • Website: www.acodres.com.co

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. 
  • Member benefits: Support with tax reductions and credit card commissions, legal advice, training, industry resources, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: If you fill out their online form, one Acodrés representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Acodrés organizes several important industry events, such as the National Congress of Restaurants and the National Congress of Gastronomy Students.

7. Asociación Colombiana de Chefs (The Colombian Chef Association)

Advancing Colombian Gastronomy globally

The Colombian Association of Chefs is run by a group of professionals with extensive experience in managing gastronomic establishments. It provides support in every area related to succeeding with your food establishment.

The association has also developed alliances with some of the most important international entities in the world of gastronomy. World Chefs (present in 195+ countries) and the American Gastronomy Federation (present all over Latin America) are just two examples.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2007
  • Location: Headquarters in Bogota, present throughout Colombia.
  • Community: Chefs at food establishments of different sizes throughout Colombia
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.asociacioncolombianadechefs.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From Student, to Chef, Business Owner, and more – matched with all the possible stages of your culinary career. 
  • Member benefits: Discount plans covering areas such as kitchen equipment and uniforms. Consulting, product development, evaluation of production processes, education (all courses have been endorsed by World Chefs), and more. As a member, you also become a part of the World Chefs network, which allows you to participate in activities worldwide.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Asociación Colombiana de Chefs organizes several events. You will find more details about these on their website.

Costa Rica

8. La Asociación Nacional de Chefs de Costa Rica (The National Association of Chefs from Costa Rica, ANCH)

The chef organization with the longest history in Costa Rica

The National Chef Association (ANCH) aspires to be the quality benchmark in Costa Rica’s gastronomic sector to achieve gastronomic prestige globally. 

ANCH runs several programs that promote participation and cooperation to develop and promote the Costa Rican Gastronomy with Cultural Identity around the world. To guarantee access to quality culinary education to enhance professional growth, gastronomic entrepreneurship, and expand employment opportunities in the gastronomic and tourist sector are examples of the association’s key priorities.

ANCH is also the only regulatory body in Costa Rica endorsed by WorldChef International. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1992
  • Location: Headquarters in San José
  • Community: Culinary arts specialists across Costa Rica.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.anch.co.cr

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified – contact ANCH for more information.
  • Member benefits: Workshops, courses and programs taught at the institution, certification at International Level. exclusive member discounts, open participation in national competitions, as well as in international competitions as professional representation of Costa Rica. Coaching. the possibility of applying to social aid commissions as well as projects of national interest, and more.  
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified –  contact ANCH for more information.
  • How to join: Complete the form on ANCH’s website and email it to administracion@anch.co.cr.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ANCH is also focused on expanding employment opportunities for vulnerable groups – such as; minorities, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, people with disabilities, youth, and the elderly.

Cuba

9. La Federación de Asociaciones Culinarias de la República de Cuba (The Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba, FACRC)

The most important culinary organization in Cuba

The Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba is the most important culinary organization in the country.

FACRC runs several initiatives centered around improving the image of the local cuisine and increasing the quality level and attractiveness of the gastronomy sector in Cuba. It represents the foodservice sector at both a national and international level.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified. 
  • Location: Headquarters in Havana, with regional branches throughout the country.
  • Community: Culinary arts specialists across Cuba.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.arteculinario.cu

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: FACRC offers 2 main membership types;
    – Collectives: Provincial and municipal associations.
    – Individuals: Chefs, culinary workers, and related professionals.
  • Member benefits: A wide range of services such as training, consulting services, certifications, remodeling of culinary and service areas, project evaluation, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Email at culinaria@enet.cu for more information, or get in touch with a representative at one of the regional offices. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FACRC produces an industry magazine called ArteChef, which you can access via their website.

Dominican Republic

10. La Asociación de Hoteles y Turismo de la República Dominicana (The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic)

The leading hospitality industry association in the Dominican Republic

Since its foundation, La Asociación de Hoteles y Turismo de la República Dominicana has represented different actors of the foodservice sector and promoted the development of the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic.

Through nationwide initiatives, it encourages collaboration between the government and the private sector, and helps its members to bring their hospitality businesses to the next level.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1962 (Known as the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants, ASONAHORES, until 2010).
  • Location: Headquarters in Santo Domingo. Present across the Dominican Republic.
  • Community: A mix of individuals and businesses representing hotels and restaurants of different sizes across the Dominican Republic. See a detailed overview of members on the website.  
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.asonahores.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Hotels, Restaurants, Allied Partners (with sub-categories).
  • Member benefits: Networking, legal advice, events, international exchange programs, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • La Asociación de Hoteles y Turismo de la República Dominicana organizes several events, which you can find out more about on their website.

Ecuador

11. Asociación de Chefs (The Chefs’ Association, ACE) 

Supports chefs all over Ecuador, representative of World Chefs

Asociación de Chefs (ACE) represents and helps its associated restaurants to advance their businesses through several initiatives committed to service excellence and quality gastronomy.

Since ACE is recognized by the government of Ecuador, it runs several projects with government entities and leading partners. Collaborations with MINTUR, Ministry of Agriculture, international entities such as FAO and multinationals such as Nestlé, are just a few examples.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified
  • Location: Headquarters in Quito. Present in 24 provinces of Ecuador.
  • Community: Chefs and other culinary experts (or to-be experts) across Ecuador.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.chefs.ec 

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: ACE offers several membership types matched with the different stages of your culinary career.
  • Member benefits: Industry resources, legal support, discounts on courses, uniforms, equipment, and more. ACE is also the only representative in Ecuador of Worldchefs – Association of Chefs, with access to its various programs (including the certification program), courses, other events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join:  Fill out their online form. One representative will get in touch with you and tell you more about the process and the benefits.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ACE regularly publishes industry publications on their website. 

Mexico

12. Asociación Mexicana de Restaurantes (The Mexican Restaurant Association, AMR)

70+ years of experience helping restaurants in Mexico succeed

The desire to further develop the food sector in Mexico by bringing together the finest restaurants, resulted in the foundation of AMR decades ago.

Today AMR has transformed into Mexico’s leading restaurant association. It offers a range of services and benefits to its members, centered around optimizing the quality and service of the country’s foodservice sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1948
  • Location: Headquarters in Mexico City, with activities and projects across Mexico.
  • Community: A mix of food establishments across the country.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.amr.org.mx

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Legal advice, networking, industry resources, events, education, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Get in touch with AMR for more information about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • AMR runs several social projects focused on supporting local communities in different ways.

Paraguay

13. La Asociación de restaurantes del Paraguay (The Restaurant Association of Paraguay, ARPY)

Improves Paraguay’s foodservice sector and the quality of life of its members

La Asociación de restaurantes del Paraguay is the leading restaurant association in Paraguay. With a focus on quality and a commitment to supporting the development of the society in general, it strives for the best economic results possible within the country’s foodservice sector.

Free competition, the Client First, and CSR are a few of the key principles ARPY uses as guidelines for their management.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified.
  • Location: Headquarters in Asunción. Present throughout Paraguay.
  • Community: A mix of restaurants across the country.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.arpy.com.py

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified – contact ARPY for more information. 
  • Member benefits: Consulting services, legal advice, promotion, networking, industry resources, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Get in touch with ARPY for more information about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ARPY regularly publishes industry news and behind the scenes updates on their website.

Peru

14. Asociación Peruana de hoteles, restaurantes, y afines (The Peruvian Association of hotels, restaurants, and related businesses, Ahora Perú)

The oldest and most important hospitality association in Peru

Ahora Perú is the most important hospitality association in Peru. It supports its community with several initiatives that promote the value of Peruvian gastronomy and culture, contributing to strengthening the country’s brand globally.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1943
  • Location: Headquarters in Lima. Present throughout the country.
  • Community: A mix of providers of accommodation, food and beverage services, as well as related services such as education in various forms. As well as casinos and game rooms, social clubs, bars, discos, and a series of supplier companies linked with products, equipment, and services for the hospitality sector.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.ahora-peru.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Consulting services, legal advice, networking, industry resources, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Get in touch with Ahora for more information about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Ahora regularly updates their blog with industry insights and more. 

The United States

15. The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC)

Saving local restaurants affected by COVID-19

Founded by an independent group of chefs to save local restaurants affected by the global COVID-19 crisis, the Independent Restaurant Coalition is growing fast.

Local, independent restaurants contribute $1 trillion to the U.S economy and represent 4% of the GDP. IRC estimates that $150 billion of cash flow is needed for this segment to be able to pay their bills, rent, and taxes in these challenging times. And that is without taking the cost of salaries into account. As of April 2020, approximately seven million people within the industry in the U.S. had been laid off.

IRC aims to create a powerful movement with the mission to get the Congress to establish an Independent Restaurant Stabilization Fund of at least $120 billion to help restaurants with the necessary capital and support to reopen, stay open, and empower the local economy again.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2020
  • Location: Across the U.S.
  • Community: Chefs and restaurateurs around the country. Organizations like Food Policy Action, the James Beard Foundation, and others working to support the restaurant community.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.saverestaurants.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Networking, a united voice to speak directly to lawmakers making decisions about the future of the restaurant industry, daily information and insights about key legislative updates, marketing collateral to help mobilize your community and network.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Enter your email address via the Independent Restaurant Coalition’s webform. They will then get in touch to tell you more about the process. Anyone that shares the same mission can join.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Independent Restaurant Coalition proposes changes to the CARES Act, which you can read more about on their website. 

16.The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)

The premier trade organization representing the foodservice distribution industry

With a combined annual sales volume of approximately $300 billion, foodservice distributors play a significant role in the economy of the U.S. This industry segment ensures a productive and safe supply chain of food and products for more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S.

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the leading trade organization representing the foodservice distribution industry in the U.S. IFDA member companies manage facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1906 
  • Location: Headquarters in Virginia, with a presence throughout the country.
  • Community: IFDA member companies operate more than 800 distribution facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.ifdaonline.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Distributors, Manufacturers, Allied.
  • Member benefits:  Assistance with government relations, industry introductions, education, research, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can download the application form online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See industry news & insights on IFDA’s website.

17.International Special Dietary Foods Industries (ISDI)

The leading global expert association representing the special dietary food sector 

International Special Dietary Foods Industries (ISDI) is the leading expert association on special dietary foods. It brings together American as well as international associations specialized in this segment from more than 20 countries across all continents.

ISDI is also an industry platform for debate on regulatory, technical, and scientific issues regarding special dietary foods.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified. 
  • Location: New York, with global presence.
  • Community: National and regional associations active in the special dietary food sector from more than 20 countries, representing the entire special dietary foods sector.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.isdi.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Facilitation of the dialogue between policy makers, government, and the industry. Privileged access to worldwide expertise and the latest science, industry research, guidance, events, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member or are ready to join ISDI, enter your email address via their webform. ISDI will then get in touch.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See industry publications & resources on ISDI’s website.

18. The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA)

Building a more socially just and environmentally sound food system

The Sustainable Food Trade Association’s (SFTA) core objective is to build the capacity of the organic food trade to transition to sustainable business models. SFTA serves as a platform that unites businesses to learn, improve, and share best practices.

SFTA believes that the organic sector must integrate environmentally sound, socially just business practices using a systems-based approach in order to reach its full potential. The association supports its members in implementing creative and sustainable business practices across the supply chain, from farm to retail.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2008 
  • Location: Headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Community: A mix of organic producers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, as well as related vendors, suppliers, aligned organizations and individuals.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.sustainablefoodtrade.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Full Members and Friends.
  • Member benefits: Support and resources to integrate sustainability from farm to retail. This includes educational tools, annual consultations, analytic modules, networking and leadership recognition to define, measure, and improve sustainability performance.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online using the link above where the membership benefits are outlined. To learn more about the benefits, fees, and application process, visit each category on SFTA’s website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See insights about Sustainable Reporting – Measure what matters on SFTA’s website.

19. The International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA)

Promoting the utilization of technology within all segments of the global food and beverage industry

The International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA) promotes the use of technology within the global food and beverage industries.

It’s especially focused on education, certification, standards, research, and networking. IFBTA also collaborates with other industry associations and groups in support of their technology-related initiatives to reach common goals more efficiently. 

Managed by a board of top-level food and beverage IT executives, the IFBTA incorporates operator and supplier participation and input to promote all areas of technology education, networking, and solutions used in the food and beverage industries.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified. 
  • Location: New York, with presence throughout the U.S.
  • Community: All segments of the global food and beverage industry, including restaurant/foodservice, hospitality/lodging, gaming, onsite, beer/wine/spirits retailing, c-stores, catering, travel and other related segments of the food and beverage industry.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.ifbta.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Individual, Corporate, Industry – with several subcategories within each.
  • Member benefits: Local chapter membership, certifications, resources, events, networking, and much more.. 
  • Cost and payment options: Starts from $50 USD
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The IFBTA and Round It Up America Announce Alliance to Deliver Charitable-Giving Technology to the Hospitality Industry. More details on IFBTA’s website.

20. Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)

The expert in Foodservice Management and Food Safety

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is the leading organization of professionals involved in the management of nutrition and foodservice in the U.S.

Dedicated to providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management and food safety, ANFP is also home to the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) credential. These certifications translate to having passed the nationally-recognized CDM Credentialing Exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status as a Certified Dietary Manager.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1960
  • Location: New York, with presence throughout the U.S.
  • Community: ANFP members work in hospitals, long-term care, schools, correctional facilities, and other non-commercial foodservice settings.
  • Number of members: 15,000+
  • Website: www.anfponline.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Pre-professional, Professional, Allied Professional.
  • Member benefits: Publications and resources, employment services, education, professional development, and certification programs. ANFP also monitors industry trends and legislative issues, and publishes one of the industry’s most respected magazines. 
  • Cost and payment options: Starts from 37 USD (Half Year) 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See detailed overview of ANFP’s approved training programs on their website.

21. American Culinary Federation (ACF):

The largest professional chefs’ organization in North America

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a professional organization for chefs and cooks, was founded by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America.

Today, ACF is the leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship, competitions and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. Moreover, ACF operates the most comprehensive culinary certification program in the world. ACF is also home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international competitions.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1929
  • Location: Headquarter in New York with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: Chefs and cooks belonging to more than 150 chapters in four regions across the U.S.
  • Number of members: 15,000 members
  • Website: www.acfchefs.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Membership categories are designed to follow your professional culinary career. See detailed overview of membership types on ACF’s website. 
  • Member benefits: Certifications, education, competitions, industry resources, networking, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ACF is the leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship, competitions and programmatic accreditation designed to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs and pastry chefs. 

22. The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP):

North America’s largest meat trade organization

The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. AAMP’s mission is to provide quality service, industry insights, education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities to grow its members’ businesses.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1987
  • Location: Headquarters in Elizabethtown. Represented all over the world.
  • Community: Medium-sized and smaller meat, poultry and food businesses: slaughterers, packers, processors, wholesalers, in-home food service business, retailers, deli and catering operators, and industry suppliers. AAMP members are from the U.S., Canadian provinces and several foreign countries.
  • Number of members: 1,300+
  • Website: www.aamp.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Processor, Supplier, Allied, Associate.
  • Member benefits: On a daily basis, AAMP assists a number of processors with inspection-related issues. Whether it is assisting processors on how to respond to noncompliance reports or providing the facts of what the regulation really is. 
  • Cost and payment options: From $50 to $350 USD.
  • How to join: Fill out a request for membership on their website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • AAMP presents several industry resources and insights on their website.

23. Council of Restaurant and Hotel Trainers (CHART):

The leading resource for hospitality training professionals

With more than 700 members from more than 400 multi-unit restaurant and hotel companies, CHART represents a workforce of almost five million. Based on its 4 guiding principles (Learning, Sharing, Growing, and Caring) and key strategies Chart improves performance and advances hospitality industry training.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1970
  • Location: Headquarter in New Jersey with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: A mix of hospitality trainers from foodservice, restaurant, and lodging companies.
  • Number of members: 450+ members from more than 300 of the top multi-unit restaurants and lodging companies in the U.S.
  • Website: www.chart.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Individual Memberships and Company Memberships. 
  • Member benefits: Access to networks, education, and resources, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Individual memberships: $295 to join, annual renewal is $195. Company plans start from 5 memberships for $1,000.
    How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • CHART offers many opportunities and levels of involvement for volunteerism and community service. They also offer scholarships.

24. International Corporate Chefs Association (ICCA):

The first chefs association designed exclusively for corporate chefs

The International Corporate Chefs Association (ICCA) is the first chefs association designed exclusively for corporate chefs from the largest U.S. chains and multi-unit operations. ICCA is focused on providing chefs with the tools needed to advance in their career, as well as creating a network of corporate chefs from the nation’s leading multi-unit foodservice operations. The board of directors has been set-up to include most major industry segments.

Being a relatively new association, the events of ICCA are exclusive, smaller and ideal for networking. Only members, selected media and a small sponsor community are on the guestlist. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2002
  • Location: Headquarter in Florida with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: Membership is limited to corporate chefs from the top 200 multi-unit foodservice operations in the nation.
  • Number of members: 145+ (ICCA can accommodate up to 200)
  • Website: www.iccachefs.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Membership is restricted to only the leading culinarian in each of the top 200 multi-unit foodservice operations. Consultants aren’t permitted to apply for membership – all members must work directly for the multi-unit operator. 
  • Member benefits: Access to up-to-date information on trends, training techniques, current issues, menu development, networking events, and other topics that affect your culinary staff and daily operations. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online if you meet the requirements.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ICCA has a detailed FAQ section centered around their organization and the membership on their website.

25. International Franchise Association (IFA):

The world’s largest franchising membership organization

The International Franchise Association (IFA) started with the goal to serve the national franchising community and transformed into a global resource that advocates for and protects their community and their businesses. IFA is all about advancing the future of franchising.

Bridging the gap between franchising and diverse communities, strengthening the franchising community, and implementing strategic initiatives that drive change around the world for many years. And, as IFA themselves put it, “we’re just getting started“.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1960
  • Location: Headquarter in New York with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: Restaurants and other foodservice businesses 
  • Number of members: 1,150 franchisor members
  • Website: www.franchise.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Franchisor, Franchisee, Supplier. 
  • Member benefits: IFA supports all your franchising needs, ranging from education, to mentoring, networking, and advocacy: A vibrant community, practical content, and tools that empower franchise growth are also a part of the package
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Franchise Action Network is IFA’s award-winning advocacy program.

26. International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA):

65+ years of experience serving Foodservice Manufacturers

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) has established itself as a leading player focused on improving industry practices and relationships, while serving every foodservice manufacturer with the tools needed to navigate the future with confidence.

By providing insights, developing best practices and fostering connectivity through events and collaboration, IFMA motivates change that contributes to growth for its members and the foodservice sector. In close collaboration with its community and partners, IFMA enhances the foodservice experience all the way down to the consumer.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1954
  • Location: Headquarter in Chicago with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: Foodservice manufacturer businesses 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.ifmaworld.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Franchisor, Franchisee, Supplier. 
  • Member benefits: Exclusive research, best practices, insights, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Based on annual foodservice sales volume. More details on their website.
  • How to join: Fill out the form on their website for general membership inquiries.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See detailed overview of IFMA’s programs & initiatives on their website.

27. The International Luxury Hotel Association (ILHA)

The luxury hospitality’s largest trade association

The International Luxury Hotel Association (ILHA) brings together leading hotel and travel companies, professionals, and governments with the common goal of improving standards and promoting innovation in the luxury segment of the hotel industry.

Through education, training and communication in three key areas that differentiate the luxury segment for the rest of the hotel industry: service, design and technology, they contribute to pushing the luxury hospitality industry forward.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1955
  • Location: Headquarter in Florida, with a global presence.
  • Community: Professional luxury accommodation providers all over the world. 
  • Number of members:Not specified.
  • Website: www.luxuryhotelassociation.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Student, Hotel, Vendor, Professional.
  • Member benefits: Industry research, education, consulting, events, seminars, discounts, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Pricing ranges from $75-450 USD a year.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See detailed overview of events by FHRAI on their website.

28. Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliances (MFHA):

Building bridges and strengthening its members’ Cultural Intelligence

The Mission of MFHA is to bring the economic benefits of diversity and inclusion to the food and hospitality industry by building bridges and delivering solutions. MFHA commits to delivering more connections and opportunities to build its Members’ Cultural Intelligence to effectively engage multicultural employees, customers, and communities.

MFHA develops Cultural Intelligence products and services that enhance your value proposition and execution strategies.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1996
  • Location: Headquarter in Providence with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: MFHA members include some of the most prominent, successful, and innovative brands in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Dedicated to building Cultural Intelligence within their companies & organizations.
  • Number of members:  Not specified.
  • Website: www.mhfa.net

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Corporate and Individual. 
  • Member benefits: Exclusive research, connections and opportunities to build your Members’ Cultural Intelligence to effectively engage multicultural employees, customers, and communities. 
  • Cost and payment options: Individual membership costs between 0-75 USD/year.
  • How to join: Fill out the form on their website for corporate membership inquiries.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Showcase of the Stars is MFHA’s interactive career exploration event for multicultural high school and college students, designed to encourage the pursuit of a rewarding career in foodservice & hospitality.

29. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA)

Promotes the Sales and Consumption of Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is uniquely positioned as an all-industry trade association, representing the interests of every segment of the Frozen and Refrigerated Foods industry.

The mission of NFRA is to promote the consumption of Frozen & Refrigerated Foods through: Education, Training, Research, Sales Planning and Industry Dialogue.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified. 
  • Location: Harrisburg, PA, with global presence 
  • Community: All segments within Frozen & Refrigerated Foods. See detailed overview of members on NFRA’s website. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.nfraweb.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From Manufacturer to Sales Agent: There are several categories to choose from.
  • Member benefits: Resources, mentor programs, exclusive association and industry information, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Specified under each membership type on the website.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • NFRA is the sponsor of the March National Frozen Food Month, June Dairy Month, June/July Ice Cream and Novelties promotion and October Cool Food for Kids educational outreach program.
  • The organization also holds the annual Executive Conference in April and the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention in October.

30. The National Food Truck Association (NFTA):

Providing food trucks from coast to coast with great resources

The National Food Truck Association is a collection of regional Associations Nationwide. The group works together to enhance the industry through regulatory changes, education and outreach. As a united team, they ensure that food trucks are provided great resources and access to information needed to optimize their business results.

NFTA’s goal is to support food truck owners, regional associations and government agencies. They also act as a singular point of contact for the public looking to engage with food trucks. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified
  • Location: Headquarter in Los Angeles. 
  • Community: Vendors and associations within the Food Truck sector.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.nationalfoodtrucks.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: The organization helps vendors and associations work cooperatively with municipalities and governmental bureaucracies to review codes, ordinances, and procedures so they can better address the realities of this new industry. It also works to provide members with better prices on supplies and services all food trucks use. Access to NFTA’s podcast, some consulting, events, and other insider information in your region. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • NFTA also offers catering and location management services to make it easier for the public to take advantage of food truck services nationwide.

31. The National Grocers Association (NGA):

Exclusively focused on representing the independent supermarket sector

For nearly 40 years, the National Grocers Association (NGA) has represented independent supermarket operators in every district across the U.S., and the wholesalers that service them. 

Today, the National Grocers Association remains the only trade association exclusively focused on representing the independent sector of the food industry.

OVERVIEW

    • Founded: 1980
    • Location: Headquarter in Arlington. 
    • Community: Independent supermarket operators in every district across the country, wholesalers, affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA’s Mission and Philosophy.
    • Number of members: Not specified.
    • Website: www.nationalgrocers.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Retailer, Wholesaler, Associate
  • Member benefits: Education, training, networking, support with government relations, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • NGA also focuses on training the next generation of foodservice operators.

32. The Specialty Coffee Association:

Representing 1,000s of coffee professionals all over the world

The Specialty Coffee Association represents thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas, all over the world. Built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge, their global coffee community is focused on making specialty coffee a rewarding and sustainable activity for the entire value chain.

The SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry and works to make coffee better by fostering a global community and raising standards worldwide through a collaborative and progressive approach. As a member, you can lean back on SCA’s years of insights and inspiration from the specialty coffee community.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1980
  • Location: Offices in California and Chelmsford in the UK. Represented all over the world.
  • Community: From coffee farmers to baristas and roasters, the membership spans the globe, encompassing every element of the coffee value chain.
  • Number of members:Not specified.
  • Website: www.sca.coffee

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are several different Company Member Categories.
  • Member benefits: Education, networking, advocacy, industry visibility, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: From 285 to 1,600 Euros, depending on revenue.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • SCA also offers Coffee Education Programs.

33. The Specialty Food Association

The leading advocate for the 150+ billion specialty food industry

The mission of the Specialty Food Association is to champion, nurture, and connect members to deliver innovative products and expand consumption of specialty foods.

Their Strategic Plan: “Forward 2022” maps out how the association will deliver on its mission through content (research, data, and insights), engagement (live and online events), and enablers (talent and technology) to position members for even more success.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1952 
  • Location: Headquartered in New York, with a global presence 
  • Community: A mix of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.
  • Number of members: 3,500
  • Website: www.specialtyfood.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Tailored membership programs and services designed to help guide, support and grow your businesses
  • Member benefits: Resources, mentor programs, exclusive association and industry information, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See details about shows and events by the Specialty Food Association on their website.

34. National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)

The premier resource and community for catering and event professionals in the U.S

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the go-to resource and community for catering and event professionals all over the U.S.

By providing industry-leading education, resources, and a vibrant community to learn and grow from, NACE has been empowering catering and event professionals for more than 60 years. 

NACE is the first non-profit national organization that provides education, certification and a network of resources for catering and event professionals in all segments of the hospitality industry

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1958 
  • Location: Headquartered in Columbia, with a global presence 
  • Community: A mix of catering and event professionals all over the U.S.
  • Number of members: More than 40 chapters across the country and 3,500+ members.
  • Website: www.nace.net

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From non-profit, to professional, legacy, and more.  
  • Member benefits: Education, resources, coaching, networking, local events at one of more than 40 chapters across the U.S., access to the NACE Membership Directory, volunteer leadership opportunities, money-saving programs, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranges between $55-415 USD.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See essential resources by NACE to grow your business on their website.

35. National Restaurant Association (NRA):

The world’s largest foodservice trade association

Representing and advocating on behalf of more than 500,000 restaurant businesses, The National Restaurant Association is the world’s largest foodservice trade association.

Their mission is to advance, protect and lead America’s restaurant and foodservice industry into a new era of success and cooperation, improving the quality of life of its members. 

NRA’s annual industry trade show, comprehensive industry research insights reports, and series of respected awards, are just a few examples of how they support and drive the restaurant industry forward. Its state associations also run regular networking and educational events.

NRA serves as a trusted adviser and frequently develops resources in different formats centered around key issues like food safety, sustainability, and credit card processing.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1919
  • Location: Headquarter in Washington, DC. 
  • Community: Over 95% of the members are foodservice establishments. All segments of restaurants and foodservice operations and allied industries are represented, ranging from suppliers and distributors, to consultants, and students.
  • Number of members: 40,000+ members representing nearly 500,000 foodservice establishments across America. 
  • Website: www.restaurant.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Restaurant, Allied, Faculty, Student, Government Funded Facility with Foodservice, International.
  • Member benefits: Access to research and benchmarking best practices to the 400,000 member locations. Industry advocacy is one of NRA’s standout features, benefiting members and nonmembers. As a member, you have the opportunity to engage in the advocacy process. The membership benefits vary by category. 
  • Cost and payment options: The NRA has a dual membership agreement with 53 state restaurant associations, therefore the cost to join NRA varies by state. Annual invoicing to be paid in full.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Training the next generation of foodservice operators is another main focus of NRA through its Education Foundation, providing scholarships, and its ProStart two-year program for high school students, complete with culinary competitions.

36. The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association (ARHA):

The Voice of Alabama’s Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association (ARHA) represents over 1,200 members including restaurants, lodging, tourism, and hospitality service companies.

The food service, hospitality and tourism industry is Alabama’s second-largest employer, making ARHA members the cornerstone of the state’s economy.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1998
  • Location: Alabama
  • Community: A mix of restaurants, lodging, tourism, and hospitality service companies.
  • Number of members: 12,000
  • Website: www.ahraonline.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Restaurants, Lodging (3 types: B&B, Condo & Rental, Others), Tourism/Attractions, Not-For-Profit, Educational Institutions, Allied, K-12 Teacher 
  • Member benefits: The benefits and services range from educational training programs, to marketing, industry insights, networking, healthcare- and insurance savings, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Costs range between 25-500 USD depending on membership type. For details, see the sign-up form linked to below. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online or call ARHA at 334.244.1320.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See ARHA News on their website, which covers current opportunities, trends and challenges facing the lodging and restaurant industry.

37. The Women’s Foodservice Forum

Advancing Women Leaders in the foodservice sector 

As a response to the fact that women often face barriers when aiming for career advancement, in the form of inconsistent opportunities, pay gaps, a lack of representation in critical decision-making roles, and more – the Women’s Foodservice Forum was born.

Every day, WFF works to accelerate the advancement of women leaders in the Food Industry. Their core belief — that work environments that create greater opportunities for women create greater opportunities for everyone — lays the foundation for everything they do.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1989
  • Location: New York, with presence throughout the U.S.
  • Community: Women leaders and executive women in the industry.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.wff.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Women’s Foodservice Forum offers an annual standard membership for individuals, while companies can become partners.
  • Member benefits: Leadership development, role modeling and strategic networking for women and supports the Food Industry in cultivating the next generation of leaders. In 2020 WFF will launch new online Partner and Member Portals to provide daily inspiration and solutions for companies striving to advance women leaders and members building their careers.
  • Cost and payment options: Pricing starts from $99 per year.
  • How to join: You can join in different ways: 1) Register for an Event: You receive a complimentary one-year membership to WFF when you register for the Leadership Conference or a Leadership Development Workshop; 2) Company Partnership: If your company is a WFF Partner, there may be a WFF membership available to you through your employer; 3) Purchase a Membership online

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See detailed overview of WFF’s events on their website.

38. The American Society of Baking:

Advancing the grain-based food industry, with representation in 40+ countries

The American Society of Baking is a community of baking industry professionals passionate about providing education, networking opportunities and professional development. Colleagues share knowledge, encourage and promote skill development and create resources that advance the industry and its workforce.

The Society’s mission is to facilitate this interaction by promoting personal growth and professional development through education and collaboration. It is through these interactions and contributions of its community that meaningful business relationships are created.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1924
  • Location: Chicago, with global presence.
    Community:
    Commercial bakers, food technologists, engineers, and the suppliers of equipment, ingredients, and services in the grain-based food industry
  • Number of members: 1,400+ members in 43 other countries
  • Website: www.asbe.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: ASB offers four different membership levels, three of which – Professional, Young Professional and Student – are open to prospective members. The fourth, our Lifetime membership is a level current members may upgrade to, should they meet the necessary requirement. 
  • Member benefits: Education, networking opportunities, and professional development.
  • Cost and payment options: Pricing starts from $120 per year for the Young Professional Membership.
  • How to join: You can sign up online or download the paper application

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • BakingTech is the baking industry’s leading technology conference and exposition. ASB’s annual conference offers technical solutions, insight and experience. Over 1,000 baking professionals participate in a number of venues where knowledge and information is shared.

39. Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI):

Promoting professionalism in foodservice and hospitality consulting

The Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is the premier association promoting professionalism in foodservice and hospitality consulting.

The profession and association grew out of the widespread cultural and social changes in North America following the Second World War. Over time, resulting in a broadened influence and increased market share with new members in Europe, Asia, and across the globe.

FCSI has been transformed into a foodservice association that benefits from a global outreach and sharing of ideas, techniques, and approaches. Today, FCSI is the go-to source for the latest developments and trends in the foodservice industry.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1955
  • Location: Springfield, with global presence.
  • Community: FCSI members offer a wide range of consulting services including concept development, feasibility studies, food safety, design, marketing, operations, and training. Membership requirements are stringent and FCSI members are recognized as industry experts.
  • Number of members: 1,300 members in over 46 other countries
  • Website: www.fsco.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Student, Consultant, Corporate, and Affiliate. 
  • Member benefits: Education, resources centered around the industry, connections with various retail and institutional industry components, referral service, events, and much more  
  • Cost and payment options: Pricing starts from $25 per year for students. 
  • How to join: You can download the application form online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Worldwide content section on FCSI’s website covers industry trends and more.

40. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT):

A scientific global community dedicated to the advancement of the science of food and food technology

Since its foundation, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has been a forum for passionate science of food professionals and technologists to collaborate, learn, and contribute all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world.

As a scientific community grounded in purpose, IFT is contributing to a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1939
  • Location: Chicago, with a global presence.
  • Community: A community of global scientific scholars, innovators, visionaries, and achievers all passionately dedicated to the advancement of the science of food and food technology.
  • Number of members: 17,000
  • Website: www.ift.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From Student to Premier membership. 
  • Member benefits: Resources and services necessary to enhance and advance their community’s work. Access to research, learning resources, networking opportunities, and events all created with the goal of helping you to become a stronger science of food professional and better positioned to be a vital contributor to the future of food. and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Pricing starts from $99 per year (plus section dues) as a Networking & Engagement member. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See news and publications on IFT’s website.

41. The Research Chefs Association (RCA):

The leading professional community for food research and development

Founded by a group of research chefs dedicated to overcoming challenges facing the food product development professional, the Research Chefs Association (RCA) has transformed into the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry.

RCA members are the pioneers of the fast-growing discipline of Culinology®, the blending of culinary arts and the science of food to elevate product development. The Research Chefs Association cultivates collaborations between the chefs and food science professionals who develop food to increase innovation, quality and speed-to-market.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1996
  • Location: Headquarter in Chicago with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: A diverse mix including chefs, food scientists and other industry professionals who are shaping the future of food research and development.
  • Number of members: 2,000+
  • Website: www.culinology.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Membership categories are designed to follow your professional culinary career. See detailed overview of categories on their website. 
  • Member benefits: From industry research, to trends, accreditation, international competitions, access to a Million-Member Intercontinental Society, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • RCA Awards: Every year the Research Chefs Association pays tribute to the most accomplished, deserving professionals in the food product development industry.

42. The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM):

Representing the most influential professionals in the industry

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) serves the needs and interests of executives in the corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality industries.

SHFM members are influential industry professionals, representing all areas of corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality. From cafés and retail operations to catering, vending, fitness centers, child care services and conference planning and support, including audio/visual services. SHFM represents the people who directly provide these services and oversee purchasing decisions for hundreds of business campuses and millions of employees.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1979
  • Location: Headquarter in Louisville, KY, with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: Client liaisons and self-operators, Major global, national and regional foodservice contract management companies and integrated facility management companies, Companies that provide products and services to our industry, Faculty and students from HRI programs across the United States.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.shfm-online.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From Student and Young Professionals, to Operator, and more. 
  • Member benefits:From conferences and scholarship programs, to industry insights, resources, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from $75-590+ USD.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • SHFM offers education ranging from overall business management to more specific areas.

43. Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR):

Connects women across the Culinary Industry

The mission of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs WCR is to advance the voice of women across the culinary industry through education, connection, promotion, and inspiration.

WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry partners. These connections have influenced the careers of many notable chefs today.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1993
  • Location: Headquarters in New York, presence across the U.S.
  • Community: A diverse mix of culinary educators, chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, artisan farmers, charcutiérs, cheese makers, marketers, authors, publishers, bloggers and more.
  • Number of members: 2,000+
  • Website: www.womenchefs.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Friend, Professional. 
  • Member benefits: From industry research, to mentorship, networking, education, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging between $25-150 USD.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • WCR Scholarship and Internships: The scholarship and internship opportunities are hosted by annual partners all over the world across all fields of the hospitality industry.

44. The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA):

The largest professional association for personal chefs from North America

The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) is the leading organization for personal and private chefs, representing both chef companies and individual personal and private chefs.

Members represent almost every sector of the home dining field. USOCA supports the profession at every stage, by proactively communicating and emphasizing the value of the Personal Chef profession.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1991
  • Location: Headquarter in New Jersey with presence across the U.S.
  • Community: USPCA is the essential organization for personal and private chefs, representing both chef companies and individual personal and private chefs. Members represent almost every sector of the home dining field.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.uspca.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: From Student to Premier Membership. 
  • Member benefits: USPCA provides the resources you need to effectively and efficiently manage your growing business. From one-stop shopping for products and services to a network of sharing and caring members.
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from $90-400 USD.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • USPCA offers education to improve both your business and culinary skills. From business management to planning to culinary arts, the association serves as a one-stop destination for Personal Chef business education needs.

45. International Association for Food Protection (IAFP):

Protecting the global food supply, represented in 50+ countries

IAFP consists of more than 4,500 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide® by providing food safety professionals with a community to exchange information on protecting the food supply.

IAFP members collaborate through networking, educational programs, events, career opportunities and numerous other resources, to realize the association’s mission.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1911 
  • Location: Headquarters in Iowa, global presence.
  • Community: Food safety professionals committed to advancing food safety worldwide, currently represented in 50+ countries. Ranging from educators and government officials to microbiologists, food industry executives, quality control professionals and more.
  • Number of members: 4,500+
  • Website: www.foodprotection.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are several options – ranging from Student to Honorary Life. See more information under membership benefits details below. 
  • Member benefits: From discounts and education to online resources, events, workshops, industry reports and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Depends on membership type. Student pricing starts from $27.50 (annual fee + additional fees for extra services). See details under each membership type on IAFP’s website.
  • How to join: You can fill out the online application or print out the PDF application and either fax or mail it to Des Moines at the Iowa office.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See industry resources by IAFP on their website.

Uruguay

46. Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes del Uruguay (The Association of Hotels and Restaurants in Uruguay, AURU):

100 years’ of experience advancing Uruguay’s hospitality sector

Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes del Uruguay represents companies that make up the hotel and gastronomic sectors in Uruguay. It promotes growth and sustainable development through initiatives centered around innovation, quality, and training.

The association’s goal is not only to be the benchmark of the hospitality sector at a national level, but also globally.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1920
  • Location: Montevideo
  • Community: A mix of restaurants, lodging, tourism, and hospitality service companies across Uruguay.
  • Number of members: Not specified
  • Website: www.ahru.com.uy

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Restaurants, Hotels
  • Member benefits: The benefits and services range from educational training programs, to marketing, industry insights, networking, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Contact AHRU for more information and details about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The ARHA News section on AHRU’s website covers current opportunities, trends and challenges facing the lodging and restaurant industry.

Asia Pacific / Australasia

The global foodservice industry market is predicted to reach a value of 4,2 trillion USD by 2024, out of which APAC is expected to hold a market share of approximately 40%.

China’s foodservice sector shows the potential to grow at 6.3% over the next few years. As the most advanced e-commerce market in the world, new technology centered around customer insights and selling more efficiently will support its market expansion.

From organic farming in India and New Zealand, to plant-based turning mainstream, and less sugar in general – health is the driving force behind the biggest food trends in the region.

Chefs focus more on promoting local and indigenous ingredients to connect their menus to the places where they’re served. A rising consumer awareness of sustainability results in innovative disposable materials and more zero waste kitchens. The Conventional Food Service market is also growing fast. Home delivery is continuing to flourish, as new online platforms compete to capture new markets.

Australia

47. Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA)

Represents 40,000+ businesses across Australia

R&CA was established by café operators as a way of sharing information, saving money and implementing industry-wide initiatives. Since its foundation, it has expanded into Australia’s leading hospitality association, representing 40,000+ businesses across the country.

Restaurants, cafes, catering and takeaway businesses are the largest employer in the tourism industry, employing more than 610,900 Australians. R&CA brings these operators together to provide a single, powerful voice to the government on issues affecting the sector.

R&CA’s strategic focus is to ensure owners and operators within the hospitality industry remain profitable and sustainable. R&CA also aims to support the continuous improvement of industry standards and professionalism in the sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1922
  • Location: Offices in several different parts of Australia. 
  • Community: The members of R&CA are owners and operators of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, catering companies, takeaway businesses, and function centers across Australia.
  • Number of members: 45,000
  • Website: www.rca.asn.au

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Restaurant & Catering, Supplier
  • Member benefits: Information about industry trends and developments, changes in regulation, and offers exclusive deals with suppliers to reduce costs in your business. Advice and support to business owners on how to run their business successfully; Access to timely information on industry trends, benchmarks and regulation changes affecting hospitality businesses; Specialist advice on workplace relations, employment law and immigration; Access to supplier deals and discounts to reduce costs; and Engagement with federal, state and local councils on policies affecting the sector including tax, liquor licensing, immigration and fees and charges. 
  • Cost and payment options: Membership subscriptions are packaged for Single, Group and Multiple business operators. If you run more than one business you can extend your R&CA membership to each venue to ensure your entire business benefits from your membership. See pricing details on R&CA’s website. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence, managed by R&CA, is recognized throughout the country. 

China

48. 中国饭店业协会 (The China Hotel Association, CHA)

Represents the hospitality industry across China

The China Hotel Association (CHA) is a national premium association authorized by the Ministry of Civil Administration of the People’s Republic of China.

With a special focus on retrofits and branding, CHA supports lodging, hotel, restaurants and catering services across the country.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1994
  • Location: Headquarters in Beijing. 
  • Community: Mainly Chinese restaurants, catering enterprises, entrepreneurs and related units and individuals
  • Number of members: 10,000+ (groups and individuals)
  • Website: www.chinahotel.org.cn

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. Contact CHA for details.
  • Member benefits: CHA is entrusted by the government to organize various special surveys, formulate relevant standards, carry out assessments and certifications. Other member services include branding, training, talent exchange, networking, introductions, industry insights and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. Contact CHA for details.
  • How to join: China Hotel Association has a specific Membership Procedure detailed on their website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See Publications by the China Hotel Association on their website.

India

49. The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI):

The 3rd largest Hotel & Restaurant Association in the world

As one of the biggest Hotel & Restaurant Associations in the world, FHRAI is committed to the progress of the industry through various activities like education and training, research and publication, Annual Convention to promote interaction with Government officials, political leaders, and stakeholders of the Industry.

FHRAI provides an interface between the Hospitality Industry, Political Leadership, Academics, International Associations, and other stakeholders.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1955
  • Location: Headquarter in New Delhi with presence across the country.
  • Community: Hotels, restaurants and other foodservice businesses.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.fhrai.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Hotel, Restaurant, Associate. 
  • Member benefits: Education, industry research, events, seminars, discounts, representations, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online as long as you are qualified according to the eligibility criteria specified on the website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See industry publications by FHRAI on their website.

Indonesia

50. Perhimpunan Hotel dan Restoran Indonesia (The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association):

The leading hospitality association in Indonesia

The Indonesian Hotel & Restaurant Association (PHRI) supports and develops hospitality businesses across Indonesia. It plays an active role in marketing and promotional activities nationally, as well as abroad, to expand the Indonesian’ tourism sector.

PHRI cooperates with various organizations and professional associations of other tourism services to further strengthen Indonesia’s brand and image from a global perspective.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1969
  • Location: Jakarta
  • Community: Members include tourism education institutions, restaurants, hotels, and affiliates. The accommodation/hospitality services business entity includes star and non-star hotels, which can be hotels, villas, tourist lodges, campsites, caravan stops, and other accommodations used for registered tourism purposes. Food and beverage service business entities include restaurants, restaurants, cafes, bars/taverns, and other registered food and beverage service businesses.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.phrionline.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Hotel, Restaurant, Educational institutions, United Affiliates, Joint Affiliation  
  • Member benefits: Promotional activities, protection, guidance, consultation, research, education, training and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online or email at bppphri@phrionline.com.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See an overview of the association’s national programs on their website.

Japan

51. Japan Restaurant Association:

60+ years of experience strengthening the growth and traditions of Japanese Cuisine 

The purpose of Japan’s Restaurant Association is to support and grow the restaurant sector, as well as to improve the diet of the locals, to strengthen the Japanese culture and cuisine.

By valuing the history and traditions of Japanese Cuisine, the association contributes to its continuity, by passing on and further developing core values (such as manners and authentic flavors, etc.). It also promotes tourism in Japan by helping tourists to fully experience the wonders of Japanese cuisine.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1958
  • Location: Headquarters in Tokyo, with several branches located throughout the country. 
  • Community: A mix of restaurants and supporting organizations of different sizes. See detailed member overview on their website. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.japan-restaurant.jp

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. 
  • Member benefits: Industry research, information about food safety, support in the negotiation with government agencies, administrative agencies and any other concerned institutions related to promoting the sound development of the restaurant industry. Education, best practises networking, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Email at info@japan-restaurant.jp for more information about the process.

52. 日本ファインダイニング協会 (Japan Fine Dining Association, JFDA):

Where executives of fine dining restaurants come together to promote and improve Japanese food culture

Japan Fine Dining Association plays a vital role in promoting and improving Japanese food culture. Its community, where executives of fine dining restaurants gather, helps establish valuable relationships in the areas of merchandises, services, management, human resources, and overseas expansion. The target is to promote the Japanese restaurant culture and to assist the future of the country’s restaurant industry.

Fine dining, according to JFDA, is not limited to high-end places but is defined as a restaurant visited for its great value, quality food, and popularity. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2016
  • Location: Headquarters in Tokyo.  
  • Community: CEOs and executives of fine dining restaurants. See detailed member overview on their website for more information. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.jfda.info

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. 
  • Member benefits: Establishing mutual relationships in the areas of merchandises, services, management, human resources, and overseas expansion to assure the future expansion of fine dining. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Contact JFDA using the form on the website for more information about the process.

Malaysia

53. Persatuan Pengusaha Restoran India (The Association of Indian restaurant owners in Malaysia, PRIMAS):

The Voice of Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners

The Association of Indian restaurant owners in Malaysia (PRIMAS) protects, promotes and advances the interest of Indian restaurant owners in the country. This includes supporting and maintaining good relations between the members and suppliers, producers, distributors and consumers of food and services provided by the members.

PRIMAS supports its community in all areas related to running a successful food establishment.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1993
  • Location: Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
    Community:
    The membership is open to all Indian restaurant owners who are operating in all states in Malaysia. See detailed member overview on their website.
  • Number of members: 1,550+ members who own 2,890+ restaurants. 
  • Website: www.primas.org.my

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. 
  • Member benefits: Consultation, protection, promotion and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Page with information about how to become a member “to be updated”. Meanwhile, contact PRIMAS directly for more information about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • News by PRIMAS on their website covers happenings in the industry.

New Zealand

54. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand:

Representing every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry in New Zealand

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand had humble beginnings. Back in 1972, it was known as the Restaurant and Cabaret Association and had a membership of 20 with a part-time secretariat.

These days, it has members across the country and represents every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1972 (then known as the Restaurant and Cabaret Association)
  • Location: Headquarters in Auckland, with 12 regional branches across New Zealand.
  • Community: Members covering the length and breadth of the country, representing every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry.
  • Number of members: Not specified. 
  • Website: www.restaurantnz.co.nz

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Associate Membership, Full Essentials Membership, Full Premier Membership, Kiosk /Food Truck Membership, Multi Membership. 
  • Member benefits: Benefits include mentor programs, industry information & resources, exclusive discounts, brand exposure, education, training, networking, and more. The Restaurant Association also offers an exclusive 24/7 Helpline service staffed by legally-trained experts who help members with everything from employment relations to leases and liquor licensing regulations.
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from NZD 24-58 ($15-35 USD) + a joining fee of NZD 28.75 ($18 USD).
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Education Trust was established in 1993 with the single purpose of providing training and education to the hospitality industry. The Trust supports a commitment to furthering education and career advancements for hospitality workers.
  • taste. is a function room with a difference. Based in the middle of Mt Eden and available for hire, it boasts a fully equipped demonstration kitchen, full AV equipment, back of house area and a dedicated on-site manager.

55. NZChefs Association INC:

The first association to establish professional chefs training in New Zealand

NZChefs represents professional chefs, cooks and trainees, patissiers, and confectioners from school age to mature practitioners in New Zealand’s most demanding industry.

Through education, along with involvement in culinary competitions and trade events at the local, national, and international levels, they provide opportunities for many of its members to showcase their creativity and skills in the public arena.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1957 
  • Location: Headquarters in Auckland, with 8 regional branches around New Zealand.
  • Community: Members consist of people with a passion for food and represent a wide range of professions associated with the industry.
  • Number of members: Not specified. 
  • Website: www.nzchefs.org.nz

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Full Membership,  Associate Membership, Training Membership, Student Membership, Establishment Membership, Secondary School Membership, Corporate Membership.
  • Member benefits: National, Regional and International Culinary Competitions, workshops on industry trends, regular trade evenings sponsored by key corporate companies and hosted by your local branches, the ability to seek funding from your branch to attend cookery related education, conferences, congresses both within New Zealand and overseas. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from NZD 30-500+ ($18-300+ USD)
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • NZChefs organizes competitions for all kinds of experience levels.

Philippines

56. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP):

The leading organization representing the voice of the Philippine’s private business sector in the hotel and restaurant industry

The main goal of the Hotel and Restaurant Association (HRAP) of the Philippines is to upgrade the caliber of the local hospitality industry by improving management skills, personnel services, and overall standards.

With a series of seminars and training for its members, as well as powerful partnerships, they are focused on making the Philippines the top tourism destination in Asia.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1951
  • Location: Headquarters in Manila.
  • Community: A mix of Hotel Managers, Restaurant Owners, University Deans, and CEOs across the country.
  • Number of members: Not specified. 
  • Website: www.main.hrap.org.ph

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Hotels, Restaurants, Allied, Associates, Affiliates & Chapters
  • Member benefits: The HRAP has various committees focusing on specific industry-related issues and concerns. They work closely with all government agencies, particularly, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Labor & Employment, the Department of Trade, Board of Investments, and other related organizations. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from P3,000-60,000+ ($60–$1,185+ USD). More details about levels and pricing available online.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The members of HRAP enjoy an exclusive privilege of an HRAP discount with its Privilege Card The objective is to foster patronage of member establishments among members.

Singapore

57. The Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS):

The pioneer and largest F&B Association in Singapore

As the pioneer and largest F&B Association in Singapore, Restaurant Association of Singapore has more than 450 members, representing close to 700 brands that operate more than 3,600 outlets.

Since 1980, RAS has acted as a collective voice for the F&B industry in Singapore and strives to advance the industry through various platforms such as bridging closer working relationships between businesses and government agencies, networking events for members, recognition and awards platforms, and administering programs to drive business success.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1980
  • Location: Singapore
  • Community: The community represents the complete industry with members spanning across multiple sub-sectors and related trades. A good mix of business models such as restaurants, caterers, fast foods and food courts, with various cuisine types. More details about the current composition of members on their website.
  • Number of members: More than 450 members, representing 700 brands that operate approximately 3,600 outlets. Companies, institutions, and individuals who are in the Food & Beverage or associated industries are welcome to join.
  • Website: www.ras.org.sg

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are four types of membership in the Restaurant Association of Singapore: Ordinary Member, Corporate Associate Member, Individual Associate Member, Institutional Member.
  • Member benefits: A platform where your opinions of the industry are represented, networking centered around business opportunities, industry trends, ways to manage key issues, etc. Insights about government initiatives, grants and support. Discounts, members-only programs, and platforms. 
  • Cost and payment options: Annual subscriptions range between 128-770 SGD ($ 90-545 USD) depending on membership type. 
  • How to join: Download the Membership Application Form on the association’s website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Excellent Service Award (EXSA): A national award that recognizes individuals who have delivered quality service.

Thailand

58. สมาคมการค้าเกษตรอินทรีย์ไทย (The Thai Organic Trade Association, TOTA):

Enhancing the organic movement in Thailand

The Thai Organic Trade Association (TOTA)’s common goal is to enhance the organic movement in Thailand. Their main focus areas are to enhance the understanding of organic local products among Thai consumers and support market expansion. The TOTA members consist of private companies involved with certified organic production and trade. 

TOTA members’ organic products are sold domestically and overseas. The range of products consists of organic vegetables, organic baby corn, organic Thai Jasmine Rice, organic honey, organic tapioca starch, organic sugar, organic coconut milk, etc.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2005
  • Location: Bangkok, with representation throughout the country.
  • Community: A mix of companies and individuals related to organic agriculture, processing, handling, and trade.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.thaiorganictrade.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Can be individual, company or any legal entities registered in Thailand that have business related to organic agriculture, processing, handling and trade. Member options: Full member, Associate member, “Hourable” member.
  • Member benefits: Promotion, education, networking, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • TOTA publishes updates on their website centered around happenings, trends, and challenges facing the organic food sector.

59. The Thai Food Processors’ Association (TFPA):

Supporting the Development of Thai processed food for the global market

The Thai Food Processors’ Association was established to promote and develop the market for establishments and processed foods. TFPA is focused on providing scientific assistance and programs in support of member needs. It also serves as a link between members and government agencies, and as the voice when it’s time to run central improvement initiatives.

Moreover, The Thai Food Processors Association assists its clients through networking, advisory services and legislative advocacy. The Association also supports setting up both domestic food regulations and international food standards.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1970
  • Location: Bangkok, with presence throughout the country 
  • Community: Ranging from small to large companies within the supply chain of processed food. See detailed overview of members on TFPA’s website.
  • Number of members: 200+
  • Website: www.thaifood.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Processors’ group and Traders’ group.
  • Member benefits: The benefits and services range from educational training programs to marketing, industry insights, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See an overview of activities and CSR projects on TFPA’s website
  • Report by The Foreign Agricultural Service in Bangkok about Thailand’s foodservice industry: An overview of market opportunities and key channels of distribution for U.S. food and beverage products destined for the foodservice market in Thailand.

Vietnam

60. The Restaurant Association of Vietnam (RAV):

Positioning Vietnam as “The Kitchen of the World” 

The Restaurant Association of Vietnam (RAV) supports the growth of the foodservice industry in Vietnam. RAV’s vision is to be the pioneer and leader that guides Vietnam’s catering industry towards its thriving era, positioning the country as “The Kitchen of the World”.

As a part of the ASEAN Restaurant Association Alliance, RAV focuses on promoting cooperation and international investment in Vietnam, as well as developing Vietnam’s Gastronomy Tourism to new heights.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2018
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, with presence throughout the country. 
  • Community: A mix of businesses within the foodservice sector across Vietnam; restaurants, cafés, pubs, catering firms, and more. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.rav.vn

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Standard, Pro, Allied Member.
  • Member benefits: Industry insights, branding, courses, workshops, reviews and ratings, promotion, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: You can either pay by credit card or through bank transaction. 
  • How to join: You must submit an application which usually takes 5-7 working days to process from the date it’s received by RAV. More details under Membership FAQ.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See overview of programs by RAV on their website.

Europe

Europe accounts for about 20% of the global foodservice market. Eating out is a part of daily life in most parts of the region, and there is still great potential for further growth and development. 

Hospitality employs 80% of the total EU tourism workforce, composed of 2 million enterprises, with about 200,000 hotels and 1 million restaurants.

There are a wide range of foodservice associations to choose from – ranging from national specialists to larger organizations that cover most of the continent. 

61. The Confederation of National Associations of Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés and Similar Establishments in the European Union and the European Economic Area (HOTREC):

The umbrella association of the hospitality industry in Europe, with 45 National associations in 33 countries

HOTREC represents and supports the hospitality industry across Europe. With members representing 33 countries, it champions its network’s interests towards key stakeholders such as the EU and other international institutions.

The General Assembly is the association’s highest decision-making body, and brings together representatives of all members associations. Greatly focused on knowledge sharing and best practices to drive innovation, HOTREC acts as a leading platform of expertise for the hospitality industry in Europe. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1979 
  • Location: Headquarters in Brussels, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and similar foodservice businesses across Europe. See detailed overview of members on HOTREC’s website.
  • Number of members:45 National associations in 33 countries
  • Website: www.hotrec.eu

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories:  There are three categories of membership: 1) Full membership: Reserved for national associations from EU Member States; 2) Associate membership: Open to national associations from the European Economic Area; and 3) Observer status: Offered to national associations from countries whose entry into the EU can be envisaged in the future.
  • Member benefits: Networking, industry insights, events, the possibility to raise issues and influence the hospitality industry in Europe. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: The Assembly is responsible for memberships. Contact HOTREC for details about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See detailed overview of the General Assembly of HOTREC on their website.

62. European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA):

The leading platform for European 4- and 5-star deluxe properties

EHMA is a premium hospitality association representing Hotel Managers operating first-class and luxury hotels across Europe. Founded on the principle that service is the most important success factor of quality hospitality, EHMA is focused on looking after the ethics of the hotel profession.

EHMA’s mission is to be the leading platform for collective intelligence, networking, education, and professional development among European hotel managers of 4- and 5-star deluxe properties.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1974 
  • Location: Headquarters in Rome, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: Hotel managers of 4- and 5-star deluxe properties in 27 countries.
  • Number of members: 421 members in 27 European countries.
  • Website: www.ehma.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are a wide range of membership types, ranging from Student to Superintendents and Surveyor Members. 
  • Member benefits: Mentoring programs, prestige, certifications, promotion opportunities, training, networking, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: 365 EURO ($400 USD) for an annual membership. 
  • How to join: To become a member of EHMA the candidate needs at least 10 years of industry experience and must have the position of General Manager of a deluxe or first-class hotel of international repute. Candidates can also be nominated by members and be approved by the National Delegate of the relevant country. The application must be submitted to the Management Council.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See EHMA’s website for a detailed overview of their activities.

63. FoodDrinkEurope:

Represents Europe’s food and drink industry with association members across the continent

FoodDrinkEurope represents Europe’s food and drink industry. By promoting the foodservice sector’s interests to European and international institutions, FoodDrinkEurope contributes to a framework addressing key areas like food safety and science, environmental sustainability,  nutrition and health, and competitiveness. 

FoodDrinkEurope’s membership network consists of 26 national federations (including 2 observers), 27 European sector associations and 21 leading food and drink companies. Via partnerships with other links in the food chain, from the agricultural sector to the consumers, at European and international level, FoodDrinkEurope plays a leading role in strengthening the foodservice sector in Europe.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1982 
  • Location: Headquarters in Brussels, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: A mix of national federations, sector associations and foodservice businesses across Europe.
  • Number of members: 26 national federations (including 2 observers), 27 European sector associations, and 21 major food and drink companies.
  • Website: www.fooddrinkeurope.eu

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Members are divided into National Federations, Sectors, and Companies.
  • Member benefits: FoodDrinkEurope coordinates various actions on a daily basis with its members, in close collaboration with other public and private organizations. Its network aims to exchange perspectives, share objectives, coordinate actions and increase the overall impact of the association, by making use of potential synergies. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.  
  • How to join: Email info@fooddrinkeurope.eu to find out more about how to become a member.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FoodDrinkEurope publishes lots of resources and industry insights on their website.

64. The European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST):

Facilitates knowledge and technology exchange among food professional across Europe

The European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) facilitates knowledge and technology exchange among professionals in the food sector. EFFoST encourages its network to connect and collaborate with the goal to boost the uptake of new technologies and developments. By making expert knowledge available, the association aims to show that food science and engineering are necessary for feeding the world.

EFFoST has established itself as the European network for knowledge sharing, revealing the continent’s diverse food culture and its contribution to global value chains.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1986 
  • Location: Headquarters in The Netherlands, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: Food scientists, engineers, technologists, policymakers and businesses in food and food-related areas. EFFoST has several groups focused on different segments, such as Young EFFoST, created for and by postgraduate students, early-career food scientists and food professionals. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.effost.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Student and Full Membership. 
  • Member benefits: Benefits include promotion via the association’s channels, working groups dedicated to multidisciplinary themes, discounts, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: The EFFoST membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. The Individual membership fee is set at €60,50 incl. 21% VAT ($65 USD), while the Student membership fee is set at €24,20 incl. 21% VAT ($27 USD).
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See EFFoST’s website for an overview of their conferences.

65. The European Plant-based Foods Association (ENSA):

Represents the interests of plant-based food manufacturers in Europe

The European Plant-based Foods Association (ENSA) represents the interests of plant-based food manufacturers across Europe. With a membership network ranging from large corporations to small businesses, with an annual turnover of over €1 billion, ENSA contributes to mainstreaming plant-based foods for healthier diets.

ENSA members produce high-quality plant-based alternatives to dairy and meat products. Since its foundation, ENSA has been raising awareness about the important role a plant-based diet plays in moving towards more sustainable food consumption habits.

Overview

  • Founded: 2003 
  • Location: Headquarters in Brussels, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: Ranging from large corporations to small, family-owned businesses. See detailed overview of members on ENSA’s website. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.ensa-eu.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: The opportunity to collaborate with other plant-based alternatives manufacturers across Europe, exposure to ENSA’s comprehensive network, information about the latest policy developments at national and EU level as well as the latest scientific developments through the Scientific Advisory Committee, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.  
  • How to join: Contact ENSA via the form on their website for more information about the membership conditions and how to join the network.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ENSA is advised by a Scientific Advisory Committee, which consists of renowned academics from several European countries and the U.S.

66. ISEKI-Food Association:

Promoting synergies between research, education and the food industry

Established by universities, research institutes, companies and food associations around Europe, the ISEKI-Food Association is focused on Food Science and Technology Education.

ISEKI runs several initiatives centered around research, innovation, new industry frameworks, and accreditations to help advance the foodservice sector in Europe.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2001
  • Location: Headquarters in Vienna, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: Educational institutions, research institutes, universities, professional bodies, industrial companies, or organizations.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.iseki-food.net

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Individual and institutional/company membership.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, assistance in establishing quality assurance systems, assistance in qualification of courses and curricula, finding partners for projects, education resources, networking, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from $25-$1,200 USD. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ISEKI presents industry publications and other resources on their website.

67. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU):

The European umbrella organization for organic food and farming

As the European umbrella organization for organic food and farming, IFOAM EU fights for the adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the principles of organic agriculture; health, ecology, fairness, and care.

Its member network spans the entire organic food chain and beyond. IFOAM EU has a high level of influence on relevant EU policies and institutions. Since its foundation, it has contributed to a wide range of crucial milestones for the organic food and farming sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1972 
  • Location: Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, with presence across Europe.
  • Community: IFOAM’s members represent the complete organic food chain and beyond: from farmers and processors, retailers, certifiers, consultants, traders and researchers to environmental and consumer advocacy bodies.
  • Number of members: 190+ members in 33 European countries
  • Website: www.ifoam-eu.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Member/Associate and Supporter. Group membership is available to organizations with branch and satellite offices.
  • Member benefits: Work on crucial issues of the organic sector, through active involvement in the decision-making process. Networking, events, promotion, industry insights, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: The yearly membership fee is determined by the General Assembly and is calculated according to the applicant organization’s turnover/budget related to organic activities. The cost ranges from 20 euros ($22 USD) for students/supporters to 4,000 euros ($4,390 USD).
  • How to join: You can sign up online. IFOAM EU membership is open to all organizations in EU countries as members, and to organizations in other European countries as observers.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • IFOAM’s online library presents lots of industry resources.

68. The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA):

The only international trade association exclusively devoted to promoting and defending the interests of the hotel and restaurant industry

The IH&RA is the only international trade association exclusively devoted to promoting and defending the interests of the hotel and restaurant industry worldwide.

Officially recognized by the United Nations, IH&RA represents 100,000,000+ employees all over the world. It monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of the hospitality industry.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1947
  • Location: Headquarters in Switzerland and France, with a presence all over the world.
  • Community: International, National and Regional Hotel and/or Restaurant Associations, International and National Hotel and/or Restaurant Chains, Owners, Developers and Investors, Individual Hotels and Restaurants, Institutions of the Industry (hotel schools, educational centers, universities), Students / Independent Hoteliers and Restaurateurs.
  • Number of members:  10,000 restaurants, 500,000 hotels, 100,000,000 employees.
  • Website: www.ih-ra.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Voting (Full member, Supporting member). Non-voting membership categories range from Affiliate to Independent/Student. 
  • Member benefits: Industry insights, high profile events, networking, resources, strong representation, the possibility to unite and reinforce the industry worldwide, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Details about membership levels and pricing on IH&RA’s website.
  • How to join: You can download the form for the relevant membership type using the link above where the membership details are specified.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • IH&RA presents global news and industry resources on their website on a regular basis.

69. The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA)

Bringing together food supplement associations from six continents

The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) is an international body comprising member associations and companies operating in the global supplements sector from six continents. IADSA aims to build an international platform for debate and a sound legislative and policy environment for the development of the food supplement sector worldwide.

IADSA is a trusted source of information and runs regional and national regulatory, scientific and technical programs across the world, supporting and advising governments and other stakeholders in relation to the development and implementation of regulation and policy. Moreover, IADSA works with companies and authorities to build national associations in countries where they don’t exist yet.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1998 
  • Location: Headquartered in London, with a global presence 
  • Community: Member associations and companies operating in the global supplements sector.
  • Number of members:  Not specified.
  • Website: www.iadsa.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Resources, events, a comprehensive global network, the possibility to drive changes within the food supplement sector, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: For information on how to join IADSA, contact iadsa@iadsa.org

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • IADSA regularly publishes resources about the industry.

Eastern Europe

Improved economic conditions, a slightly more stable political climate, in combination with a growing interest for gastronomy, makes eating out a more frequent habit among the consumers in Eastern Europe. 

The amount of full-service restaurants is expected to grow, with new concepts, menus and other innovations as a part of the package. Tourism is increasing in most parts of the region, which has a positive impact on the food sector since visitors tend to be even more open to eating out and experimenting with new flavors.

The customers are looking for unique experiences when eating out, and the market is therefore expected to stay highly fragmented. Nearby, organic produce is becoming more important, as the market likes to support local business and eat more healthy.

Russia

70. Ассоциация производителей фирменных торговых марок (The Association of Branded Goods Manufacturers in Russia, RusBrand):

The largest association of FMCG manufacturers in Russia 

RusBrand is the largest association of FMCG manufacturers in Russia, uniting 55 Russian and international leading companies RusBrand’s members have over 150 entities operating across the country. Their total investments into Russia exceed US$18 billion.

RusBrand members, where the foodservice sector also is represented, have collectively created 900 000+ new jobs in Russia. The total annual turnover of RusBrand members exceeds US$30 billion.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2002
  • Location: Headquarters in Moscow, with presence across Russia.
  • Community: RusBrand’s membership network consists of the following industry segments: food, tobacco, and alcohol industry manufacturers; beauty products and health care products manufacturers; home care products manufacturers; clothes and footwear manufacturers; household appliances manufacturers; pharmaceuticals; telecommunications; media (including the leading Russian media market TV advertisers. Its member companies represent over 57% of the TV advertising market in Russia). 
  • Number of members: RusBrand members have over 150 entities operating in Russia.
  • Website: www.rusbrand.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, training, networking, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Contact RusBrand at info@rusbrand.com for more details about the membership types and process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See RusBrand’s website for an overview of their events.

71. Ассоциация культурного и гастрономического туризма (The Association of Cultural and Gastronomy Tourism, ACGT):

Promotes the growth of Gastronomy Tourism in Russia

The Association of Cultural and Gastronomy Tourism’s main goal is to empower the development of Gastronomy Tourism in Russia. Being a multicultural country, with different climates and food traditions depending on the region, the potential for gastronomy tourism in Russia is huge.

By connecting experts from all fields within tourism centered around food, from tour operators, and producers, to restaurants, farmers, media and local authorities, ACGT aims to contribute to the growth of the food experience market. The main objective is to promote Russia’s gastronomy as special, unique, and recognizable around the world.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2017
    Location: Headquarters in Moscow, with presence across Russia.
  • Community: Tour operators, producers of products, restaurant-keepers, farmers, media, and more.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.gastronomicassociation.ru

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified. On the website examples based on business type are presented (Travel Agency, Business Men, and Government and Municipal institutions.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include industry insights, training, networking, events, the possibility to contribute with input in development and adoption of laws in the field of cultural and gastronomy tourism, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online. The application will be submitted to the President of the Association.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See the Association of Cultural and Gastronomy Tourism’s website for an overview of their projects.

72. Российская Гостиничная Ассоциация (The Russian Hotel Association, RHA):

20+ years of experience of strengthening the hospitality industry in Russia

The Russian Hotel Association (RHA) is a non-profit organization uniting hotel enterprises and other accommodation businesses, as well as manufacturers of goods and services for them. 

RHA’s goal is to promote the development of the domestic hotel industry, expanding and improving the quality of hotel services, and promoting them to domestic and foreign markets.

RHA also runs initiatives that help ensure fair competition, as well as participate in the development and implementation of national and international programs and regulatory changes in the hotel sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1997
  • Location: Headquarters in Moscow.
  • Community: A mix of businesses organizations and enterprises working in the tourism and hotel industry across Russia.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.rha.ru

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Categorized based on size of the hotel (number of rooms). 
  • Member benefits: Industry insights, training, networking, events, legal advice, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Price depends on the member category, starting from 5600 ruples ($ 75 USD) per year + an introduction fee of 8 500 rubles ($ 112 USD).
  • How to join: You can download the member application form on RGA’s website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See RHA’s website for sector news and insights in Russia.

73. Национальная Кулинарная Ассоциация России (National Culinary Association of Russia):

Supporting culinary specialists, enterprises and other foodservice professionals across Russia

The Russian Culinary Association unites businesses and foodservice professionals through several initiatives that promote and enhance the gastronomy sector in the country.  

By strengthening the legal basis for the foodservice industry, and encouraging exchange between culinary communities, the Russian Culinary Association improves the conditions for its members. The Culinary Association of Russia is also a member of the Worldchefs Community.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1990 
  • Location: Headquarters in Moscow, with presence across Russia
  • Community: Enterprises and professional catering and foodservice professionals.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.dreamchef.ru

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Individual or Legal entities. 
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, networking, professional training, humanitarian, educational and development projects and national, as well as international programs, competitions, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Details about payments options on their website.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Russian Culinary Association publishes industry news on their website regularly.

74. Ассоциация Рощайкофе (The Roschaykofe Association):

Supports the development of the tea and coffee market in Russia

The Roschaykofe Association was founded on the initiative of well-known Russian companies (Grand, Imperial Tea, Nikitin, Orimi Trade) 20+ years ago. The association aims to defend the interests of the tea and coffee industry in Russia and beyond, stimulating growth, investment opportunities and competitiveness of this sector.

The Roschaykofe’s member network includes many of the largest domestic and foreign tea and coffee market operators of the tea and coffee market in the world.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1999 
  • Location: Headquarters in Moscow.
  • Community: Domestic and foreign tea and coffee market operators, including some of the biggest brands in Russia. See detailed overview of members on their website.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.rusteacoffee.ru

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include industry insights, training, networking, events, the possibility to raise issues and influence policy and the industry in general, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Roschaykofe Association publishes market news regularly on their website.

Turkey

75. Turizm ve Restoran Yatırımcıları ve Gastronomi İşletmecileri Derneği (The Turkish Restaurant & Entertainment Association, TURYID):

Represents 18% of the F&B industry in Turkey, with a collective annual turnover of $3 billion (USD) 

TURYID is focused on expanding the F&B sector in Turkey. Founded by restaurateurs, investors, and managers who are well-known within the industry, TURYID aims to be a pioneer and role model that helps its members grow and level up.

In addition to running several national projects across Turkey, TURYID actively promotes the country in metropolises like Paris, Moscow, London, New York, and Dubai. 

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2003 
  • Location: Headquarters in Istanbul. 1,000 branches in Turkey, 250 branches worldwide.
  • Community: Cafés, restaurants, and bars across Turkey.
  • Number of members: 187 brands, 30,000 employees.
  • Website: www.turyid.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include industry insights, networking, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified
  • How to join: Contact TURYID via their website for more information about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • TURYID participates in several research and innovation projects to support the sector and boost gastronomy tourism in Turkey. A recent example is the İstanbul Gastro Map © project, the first gastro map in Turkey.

76. Türkiye Gıda ve İçecek Sanayi Dernekleri Federasyonu (The Federation of Food & Drink Associations of Turkey, TGDF)

27 sectoral member associations, employment, exports and imports representing 95% of Turkey’s non-governmental sector

The Turkey Food and Drink Industry Associations Federation (TGDF) network represents 95% of the country’s F&B non-governmental organizations under one umbrella.

TGDF’s mission is to develop a community where Turkey’s food and beverage companies  support each other in achieving sustainable growth and increasing the quality and competitiveness of the sector nationally and internationally. It focuses on research and a holistic and scientific approach.

Food quality, competitiveness, responsible marketing and environmental awareness are a few of TGDF’s core values

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2003
  • Location: Headquartered in Istanbul.
  • Community: A mix of businesses representing the complete F&B sector in Turkey.
  • Number of members: 27 sectoral member associations. Employment, exports and imports representing 95% of the country’s F&B non-governmental organizations under one umbrella.
  • Website: www.tgdf.org.tr

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Resources, research, exclusive industry information, networking, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Contact TGDF for more information about the membership types and process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See TGDF’s website for a detailed overview of their activities and member associations.

Middle East & Africa

The consumer foodservice industry in the Middle East & Africa region is changing fast. Chained players and modern gastronomy experiences are becoming more popular options to the traditional restaurants.

A growing, younger wealthy segment helps boost the food sector. Consumers look for convenient options in the interest of saving time, resulting in more delivery services. As in the rest of the world, the focus on healthy, sustainable alternatives is also increasing.

More international competition, important regional differences, new payment solutions and technology, in general, are other factors that influence the market and the strategies foodservice businesses choose to implement. 

Egypt

77. جمعية الطهاة المصريين (The Egyptian Chefs Association, ECA):

The center in Egypt for culinary knowledge and training in Egypt

The Egyptian Chefs Association (ECA) is a well-established and recognized NGO providing a wide range of services to its members and the foodservice community in Egypt in general.

ECA’s goal is to be the center in Egypt for culinary knowledge and training, to further enhance the image of chefs so that the profession gets the recognition it deserves.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1997
  • Location: Headquarters in Cairo.
  • Community: Members representing every stage of the culinary career. 
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.egyptchefs.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Individual, Corporate, Sponsorship. Within each, there are subcategories. See more information under Cost and payment options below. 
  • Member benefits: From discounts and culinary education to assisting chefs in their careers, training new recruits and assisting food manufacturers. 
  • Cost and payment options: An initial membership fee of LE 80 ($ 5 USD) applies to all categories, to be paid only once upon signing up in the first year of your membership. International member rates: Senior Chef member LE 940 (US $ 60), Chef Member LE 630 ($ 40 USD), Junior Chef Member LE 470 ($ 30 USD) and Associated member LE 1180 ($ 75 USD). Initial fee LE 150 ($ 10 USD). 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See ECA’s Media Center for the latest within the industry.

78. غرفة الصناعات الغذائية (The Chamber of Food Industries, CFI):

The official representative of the Egyptian Food Industry

The Chamber of Food Industries (CFI), run under the umbrella of the Federation of Egyptian Industries- FEI, is the official representative of the Egyptian Food Industry. CFI is the platform that represents the processed food & beverage industry before the GOE.

CFI members are those entities that have processing and/or packing activities related to the Food & Beverage sector. The association helps to solve and develop every aspect of the business environment that may affect the industry’s competitiveness domestically and globally.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1958 
  • Location: Headquarters in Cairo.
  • Community: The members are clustered according to their products into nine divisions: Sugar, Confectionery & Chocolates; Milk & Dairy Products; Juices, Drinks and Water; Meat, Poultry & Fish; Fruits & Vegetables; Oil and Vegetable Fats; Specialty Foods, Yeast and Food Additives; Different Food Products; Tobacco & Cigarettes. To support B2B activities CFI welcomes other businesses servicing the food industry as Associate Members.
  • Number of members: 2,500+ member companies across Egypt.
  • Website: www.fei.org.eg

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Active member and Associate member.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, training, networking, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Depends on the revenue of the applicant organization. More details about membership levels and pricing on CFI’s website.
  • How to join: You can download the membership form online.

Israel

79. איגוד תעשיות המזון (The Manufacturers Association of Israel, MAI):

Represents all the food manufacturers in Israel

The Association of Food Industries of Israel, a part of the MAI network, promotes the development of the local food industry in Israel. It aims to create a supportive business environment for manufacturers, with a special focus on small and medium-sized factories. 

It works together with various MAI units to improve the business environment for food manufacturers and ensures that the entire range of food branches and companies are professionally represented at the individual, branch and sectoral levels.

The association works with higher-level strategic questions, that requires dealing with regulatory bodies and statutory authorities on behalf of the food industry and its branches as a whole. It also works on more specific areas, such as assisting individual manufacturers, via the wide range of services offered by the association and the MAI.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not Specified.
  • Location: Headquarters in Tel Aviv
  • Community: A mix of food and drinks manufacturers, producing a wide range of products.
  • Number of members: The MAI has served as an umbrella organization for industrialists in Israel for more than 90 years. Its network includes more than 1,500 organizations and industrial plants, some employing up to 400,000 workers.
  • Website: eng.industry.org.il

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits:  Members benefit from a wide range of support and services on both a national level and day-to-day factory level. Government incentives, funding, credit and municipal services, trade agreements, business opportunities, international cooperation, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: Contact The Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI) for more details.

Nigeria

80. The Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE):

Supports the manufacturers of Food, Beverage and Tobacco products across Nigeria

The Association of Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) is a business membership organization open to companies that are manufacturers of Food, Beverage, and Tobacco products. Though legally a trade union, AFBTE is functionally a trade organization in view of the spectrum of its responsibilities which now covers trade matters, regulatory issues, and public advocacy.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1979 
  • Location: Headquarters in Ikeja.
  • Community: Manufacturers of Food, Beverage and Tobacco products that employ a minimum of 10 workers.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.afbte.com.ng

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Subscriptions based on revenue of the applicant organization.  
  • Member benefits: Negotiates (on behalf of its members) collective agreements covering key areas like salaries and benefits. Provides research and advisory services, training, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified. 
  • How to join: You can download the application form online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • AFBTE regularly publishes news and industry resources on their website.

81. The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST):

Advancing and promotes Food Science and Technology across Nigeria and beyond

The Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) is the only Registered Non-Profit Making Body representing Food Professionals drawn from the Academia, Industry, Government and Research Institutes in Nigeria.

NIFST provides professional support to Members and the Food Industry, advances and promotes Food Science and Technology as a profession and contributes to strengthening Nigeria’s country brand. In April 1979, NIFST became a certified member of IUFoST and is visibly the largest Body of Food Professionals in Africa today.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1976 
  • Location: Headquarters in the Lagos State.
  • Community: Members of NIFTST are spread across ten active chapters representing all the geopolitical zones in Nigeria. NIFST membership also extends beyond Nigeria, with members in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Ghana, etc.
  • Number of members: 6,000+ members across Nigeria
  • Website: www.nifst.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are a wide range of membership types, ranging from Student to Professional. 
  • Member benefits: Consultancy, Symposia, Seminar, Training Workshops, Lecture Series and Career Talks, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Starting from 1000 N ($2.50 USD) per year. More details about membership levels and pricing on their website. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • NIFTST offers free publications and resources on its website. 

Saudi Arabia

82. جمعية المطاعم والمقاهي السعودية (Qoot’s Restaurants and Coffee Shops Association):

Implements significant changes that improve the foodservice sector in Saudi Arabia

While Qoot is a relatively new foodservice association in comparison with the majority on this list, it has already built a unique repertoire in the F&B industry in Saudi Arabia. They have collaborated with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, updated the Females Work Environment Policy and the Flexible Working Hours Policy. 

Qoot has also worked with the General Authority for Statistics to update the F&B classification, and developed on-job training and skill enhancement programs tailored to the industry in partnerships with HRDF, TVTC, and recruitment agencies. Moreover, they have created new Nitaqat categories and improved the work visas issuing process. And this is, as themselves put it, only the beginning.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2018
  • Location: Headquarters in Riyadh
  • Community: Foodservice businesses of different sizes across Saudi Arabia.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.qoot-sa.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Only one type of standard membership.
  • Member benefits: Advocacy, training, networking, events, industry insights, education resources, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: From 2400 SAR ($ 640 USD) per year. 
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See Qoot’s website for industry news and events. 

South Africa

83. The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs):

Represents the most talented chefs, cooks and caterers in South Africa

SA Chefs represents the interests of chefs, cooks, and caterers at all levels in South Africa. The association focuses on skills development, the celebration of culinary professionals, and transforming the industry.

SA Chefs aims to have a significant impact on the careers of the chefs with whom they share the knowledge that our members have acquired through international food promotions, competitions, workshops, educational conferences, and various other learning experiences.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1975 
  • Location: Headquarters in Johannesburg
  • Community: Catering and hotel company directors, restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, culinary educators, apprentices and trainees in every type of catering field.
  • Number of members: 9,600 members
  • Website: www.sachefs.co.za

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are a wide range of membership types, ranging from Junior to Training Provider. 
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, training, networking, events, competitions, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Starts from R165 for 2 years for a Junior Membership ($ 9 USD).
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • SA Chefs publishes relevant job opportunities on their website.

84. The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST):

Advancing the knowledge of food science and technology throughout South Africa

The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) is advancing the knowledge of food science and technology in South Africa and beyond. By encouraging scientific research and the publication of papers and articles, organizing meetings, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, congresses, and assisting in educational activities, and much more, it’s all about promoting food science professionalism.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1960 
  • Location: Headquarters in Durban.
  • Community: A mix of food science and other technical professionals.throughout Southern Africa. The Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern branches attend to the regional affairs of the Association.
  • Number of members: 2,000 members
  • Website: www.saafost.org.za

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Student, Individual, Institution.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include industry resources, training, networking, events, and much more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from R 0 (Students) to R 15,250 ($ 810 USD).
  • How to join: Complete the relevant application form and send it to the Membership Development Officer (details available online).

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • SAAFoST also publishes an industry magazine called FST Magazine.

United Arab Emirates

85. نقابة طهي الإمارات (The Emirates Culinary Guild, ECG):

Advancing the culinary art of the United Arab Emirates

The Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG) is the UAE’s association of professional chefs. It is completely dedicated to the advancement of the culinary art of the UAE. Apart from professional competitions and events, the Guild also liaises with government departments and commercial entities in the organization of culinary expositions and amateur gastronomy competitions held during the many relevant festivals and food promotions.

Furthermore, ECG is a member of The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), which unites some of the most prestigious professional chefs’ organizations in the world.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified. In 1994, ECG received its charter into Worldchefs.
  • Location: Headquarters in Dubai.
  • Community: Culinary students and specialists. 
  • Number of members: 1,000+ members across UAE.
  • Website: www.emiratesculinaryguild.net

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Constitution, Corporate, ECG. 
  • Member benefits: Discounts, training, networking, competitions, coaching, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Starts from Dhs.150 ($40 USD) per year.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ECG organizes chef competitions and has in-house magazines dedicated to the food and hospitality industry.

86. جمعية مطعم دبي (The Dubai Restaurant Association, DRA):

A collaborative platform to encourage growth for restaurants in Dubai

The Dubai Restaurant Association (DRA) aims to be a thought leader and a collaborative platform for the foodservice sector in Dubai. By connecting leading restaurants of different sizes, providing information, support, and opportunities, it’s contributing to industry growth.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified.
  • Location: Headquarters in Dubai.
  • Community: Members representing restaurants of different sizes across Dubai.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.dubairestaurantassociation.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Categories based on the number of employees.
  • Member benefits: Promotion, training/education resources, consultation, networking, events, and more. 
  • Cost and payment options: Ranges between 660-4400 AED ($180-$1,200 USD).
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Dubai Restaurant Association works with an Advisory Board, which you can find more information about on their website.

Western Europe

Food producers in Western Europe are strongest in meat and dairy production. A declining consumption of animal products, due to a bigger consumer focus on sustainability, health, vegetarian and vegan diets in Western Europe, will be one of the biggest factors contributing to slowing down the growth in the region.

The consumers demand more convenient options to go with their fast-paced lifestyles, resulting in a growing market for ready-meals. This, in combination with increasing trade with Asian countries, will support market growth in the area.

More preference is also being given to smaller, local producers. This can, for example, be seen on the brewer market, where traditional beer is losing market share to creative producers of craft beer in small batches.

Denmark

87. Landbrug & Fødevarer (The Danish Agriculture & Food Council): 

Represents the farming and food industry of Denmark

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council represents the farming and food industries of Denmark including companies, trade and farmers’ associations. It’s the result of a merger between the Danish Agricultural Council, Danish Bacon and Meat Council, Danish Pig Production and Danish Agriculture. The association also carries out several tasks for the Danish Dairy Board.

Denmark’s largest competence cluster is Agriculture and food, employing about 186,000 people and exporting agricultural products, food and equipment to an annual value of € 20 billion. The Danish Agriculture & Food Council represents the whole food chain, which creates better conditions for political influence and helps strengthen the farm-to-table approach.

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council promotes the political influence of the sector, offers several cost-effective services for its members, and implements programs within key areas like food safety, animal health and environmental issues to improve the industry as a whole.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Headquarters in Copenhagen
  • Community: Companies, organizations and associations
  • Number of members: 180+
  • Website: www.agricultureandfood.dk

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Associations, Companies, and Organizations – with subcategories within each.
  • Member benefits: Cost-efficient services, implements research and development programmes within important areas like productivity, animal welfare, environment and energy, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Contact the Danish Agricultural Council at info@agricultureandfood.dk for more details about membership levels, benefits, and pricing. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The council presents prices and statistics from the agriculture and food sector in Denmark on their website.

Finland

88. The Food from Finland Program:

Building a sustainable food industry in Finland, with the aim to double the value of Finnish food exports to 3 billion euros by 2025

Run by the Business Council of Finland, Food from Finland presents Finnish food companies to international buyers in a range of ways to boost Finland’s image as a high-quality food producer. The program boosts innovation and encourages companies to create partnerships with research organizations.

Food from Finland focuses on the development and growth of the Finnish food industry and on the promotion of exports with branded products and services offering increased value. By making useful insights and research centered around new tactics, trends, and other factors that affect the sector’s competitiveness, the association helps Finnish food-industry companies stay ahead on the fast-paced international food markets.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: Not specified.
  • Location: Headquarters in Helsinki.
  • Community: Members represent Finnish food-industry companies across the country. The target group is the Finnish food and beverage manufacturers with a preference given to healthy, safe and innovative products. Food from Finland also serves the service providers of the food industry who work in close cooperation with the Finnish food industry, and other interest groups and partners in the ecosystems of the food industry.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.businessfinland.fi/food-from-finland/

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Target market information from your selected countries, (GlobalData database, covering 110 countries), segment or product specific value (€) and volume in different market areas, market development of segments/product value and volume, competitors and their sales, and distribution channels for a product or product category, Importer listings (Euromonitor) from several countries, advising, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Contact the team at Food Finland for more details about membership levels and pricing. Head of Program: esa.wrang@businessfinland.fi.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • For program materials, see Food From Finland’s website. 

France

89. Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France): 

Represents the best French Chefs in the world

Maîtres Cuisiniers de France are mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines frequently, and often given the highest rating in restaurant guides. Several leading chefs and winners of gastronomy competitions belong to the association, which is all about promoting professional excellence as one of the finest food associations in France.

Maîtres Cuisiniers de France is recognized by public authorities for its work carried out “to preserve, advance and perpetuate the tradition of great French cuisine”. Their contributions have received many honorary awards, such as “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur”, the “Ordre National du Mérite Agricole” and the “Ordre National du Mérite”.

The Master Chefs of France also helps promote products of premium quality, such as the Red Labels and “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée”, or European signs of quality, such as the IGP, AOP, and STG.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1967
  • Location: Headquarters in Paris
  • Community: The Association of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France employs nearly 10,000 qualified people and is also closely involved in the activities of the Regional Commissions for vocational diplomas and certificates granted by specialized schools.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.maitrescuisiniersdefrance.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, training, networking, mentoring, events, and prestige. Maîtres Cuisiniers de France runs many national and international cooking competitions. Its members serve on juries for official, respected competitions like: “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, International Pierre Taittinger Prize, Prosper Montagné Culinary Prize, Curnonsky Prize, Bocuse d’Or, National Trophy for Cuisine and Pastry-making, etc. The association also organizes competitions for the Best Apprentice Chef in France and the Best Apprentice Chef in Europe.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: MaÎtres Cuisiniers de France only accepts the best French Chefs in the world. Learn more about the criteria and submit an application on their website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • For an overview of events carried out by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, see their website.

90. Les Cuisiniers de France (The Cooks of France):

180+ years of experience supporting young talented chefs

Driven by strong values and long traditions, Les Cuisiniers de France has since the beginning had a strong focus on philanthropy and fellowship. With different focus areas ranging from helping young French chefs to become the best version of themselves and sponsoring the Literary Prize for Gastronomy, to hosting events and more – they support chefs and strengthen the gastronomy sector across France. OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1840
  • Location: Paris
  • Community: Chefs at different stages of their culinary careers across France.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.cuisiniersdefrance.fr

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include affordable placement in Paris, training, networking, events, mentoring, competitions, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Contact Les Cuisiniers de France for details about membership levels, benefits, and pricing.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • See their website for a detailed organizational chart; “A complete team at your service”.

91. Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires (The National Association of Food Industries, ANIA):

Brings together 35 trade unions and 16 regional associations

With a turnover of 176 billion euros and 427,594 employees, the food industry is the leading industrial sector in France. The National Association of Food Industries (ANIA) represents the food and drink sectors’ interests at both national and European institutions level.

By uniting 35 trade unions and 16 regional associations across France, ANIA’s community collaborates towards a healthier, safer, and more sustainable and accessible food for all. ANIA is responsible for the following areas:

  • Food safety issues
  • Transfer of added value from manufacturing to distribution
  • Competitiveness and ability to export in a changing world
  • Lack of attractiveness of the food processing industry for young people
  • Environmental issues

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1968
  • Location: Headquarters in Paris.
  • Community: A mix of manufactured food companies across France.
  • Number of members: ANIA gathers 21+ food sectors and represents over 10 000 companies.
  • Website: www.ania.net

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Research, insights, advice, networking, the possibility to contribute to changes within the industry, and more. ANIA is involved in many European research programs in order to support the innovation in the food industry.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Contact ANIA for more details about the process and pricing

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • ANIA regularly publishes news and industry resources.

Germany

92. Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband (The German Hotel and Restaurant Association, DEHOGA): 

Representing the interests of the entire HORECA industry in Germany

The Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband (DEHOGA) represents the interests of the complete HORECA industry in Germany. The HORECA sector comprises 224,000 companies with an annual overall turn-over of 69,6 billion euros and a workforce of 1,8 million.

On the regional level, the member associations of the DEHOGA represent the interests of the restaurants and hotels in Germany. Specialized units manage PR, legal matters, European affairs, copyright questions, ecological management, vocational training, labor market, market research, and statistics.

There are two professional associations within the DEHOGA; the International Hotel Association (IHA) and the UNIPAS (union of the tenants of restaurants alongside motorways). The organization also has five specialized divisions that cover system catering trade, community catering trade, catering trade inside railway stations, catering, and the German association of discotheques. From a global perspective, DEHOGA is subdivided into 17 regional associations that have their own organizational infrastructure reaching down to the local level. OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1949
  • Location: Headquarters in Berlin, with representation across the country.
  • Community: Members represent the complete HORECA industry – ranging from luxury hotels to snack bars and canteens.
  • Number of members: 63,000 voluntary members.
  • Website: www.dehoga-bundesverband.de

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, industry insights, training, networking, events, knowledge exchange, marketing, consulting, legal advice, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Click on your state on the map on their website, and enter your contact information. One representative from DEHOGA will then get in touch and tell you more about the process.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • DEHOGA presents updated industry numbers and facts on their website.

Ireland

93. Food Industry Ireland

The main trade association for the food and drink industry in Ireland

As the main trade association for the food and drink industry in Ireland, Food Drink Ireland (FDI) represents the interests of over 150 food & beverage businesses across the country. FDI aims to create a community centered around collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange to enhance the success and further growth of the Irish food and drink sector. FDI supports the sector on key strategic issues, such as competitiveness, research & development, trade,  education, and more. OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1970
  • Location: Headquartered in Dublin.
  • Community: A mix representing all segments of the food, drink and non-food grocery manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Number of members: 150+ member companies.
  • Website: www.fooddrinkireland.ie

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Resources, events, networking, business development, marketing, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Membership of FDI is open to all companies operating in the Irish food and drink sector. If you would like further details on the membership services, complete the form on their website, and one representative will contact you within 24 hours.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FDI works with several key stakeholders to offer significant enterprise-driven training to those working in the industry in order to support growth and competitiveness in the sector.

Italy

94. Federazione Italiana Cuochi (The Italian Federation of Chefs, F.I.C.)

Italy’s most important chef association network

The “Italian Federation of Chefs” (F.I.C.) is the most diverse associative chef network in Italy. F.I.C’s collaboration with Italian governmental organizations and other public institutions has resulted in several important opportunities to influence the sector.

It has its own representation within the “Food and Wine Commission of the Ministry of Tourism” and participates in several institutional initiatives run by the Ministry of Health and Education. In collaboration with its network, sector bodies and confederations, F.I.C. organizes approximately 500 gastronomic events across Italy. F.I.C is also the only Chef Association in Italy that is a member of the global World Chefs Network (WACS).

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1978 by adhering associations (some of which had existed for 200+ years and were born in the past as brotherhoods, corporations, or supporting companies for chefs). In 2001 it obtained the “Legal Recognition” as the central body organization.
  • Location: Headquartered in Rome, with presence across Italy.
  • Community: 20 provincial associations, 20 regional unions, numerous foreign associations and delegations. A mix of professional cooks, chef patrons, restaurateurs, professors and students of hotel institutes of all levels.
  • Number of members: 20,000 associates
  • Website: www.fic.it

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Resources, mentor programs, exclusive association and industry information, competitions, mentoring, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FIC organizes several Cooking Championships. See more details about these on their website.

Portugal

95. O Associação da hotelaria, restauração, e similares de Portugal (The Portuguese association for hotels, restaurants, and similar businesses, AHRESP)

120 years of history, represents the entire Hotel, Restaurant and Beverages sector in Portugal

With 120 years of experience, O Associação da hotelaria, restauração, e similares de Portugal (AHRESP) is the oldest and most well-established hospitality association in Portugal. An important focus area for AHRESP is to represent and defend the sectors’ rights and legitimate interests on a high level. In addition, AHRESP develops resources that help their members streamline the management of their business. In short, they support their community within every area relevant to running their business efficiently.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1896
  • Location: Headquartered in Lisbon.
  • Community: A mix of businesses of different sizes representing the entire hospitality industry in Portugal.
  • Number of members: 22,000
  • Website: www.ahresp.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Resources, exclusive association and industry information, business support within every area, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The FAQ section goes more into depth on AHRESP’s offer.

96. PortugalFoods

The “umbrella” brand of the Portuguese agrofood sector promoted by the AgroFood Competitiveness and Technology Centre

PortugalFoods was formed by companies, organizations, and national bodies that represent the various sub sectors that make up the Portuguese agri food industry. The community has a special focus on science, technology, and knowledge exchange to enhance the innovation and competitiveness of the food sector in Portugal.

PortugalFoods is the “umbrella” brand of the Portuguese agrofood sector promoted by the AgroFood Competitiveness and Technology Centre. It’s officially recognized as the main intermediary and developer of the Portuguese agrofood sector, and aims to position Portugal as a producer of products and brands of the finest quality.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2008
  • Location: Headquartered in Lisbon.
  • Community: A mix of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.
  • Number of members: 140+ across Portugal
  • Website: www.portugalfoods.org

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Intermediation between users and producers of knowledge, introductions, networking, R&D, marketing, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: If you would like to know more about membership conditions, contact PortugalFoods by phone (+351) 220 966 021 or email geral@portugalfoods.org.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • PortugalFoods regularly publishes new content on their website’s Industry Insights section.

Spain

97. Federación Española de Industrias de la Alimentación y Bebidas (The Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation, FIAB)

Represent the complete Spanish food and beverage industry, Spain’s biggest industrial sector

The Spanish Food & Drinks Industry Federation (FIAB) represents the entire Spanish food and beverage industry through one single body and voice. FIAB is mainly focused on keeping the sector updated on developments that might affect their performance. It also represents the sectors’ interests at national, European and international level, and supports Spanish companies with expansions (exports) abroad. OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1998
  • Location: Headquartered in Madrid.
  • Community: Business of different sizes that represents the entire F&B sector.
  • Number of members: 47 industry associations and 4.000+ companies that represent the 90% of the food and drinks industry.
  • Website: www.fiab.es

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Market and industry insights, promotion activities such as national pavilions in trade fairs, Gastronomic Workshops, Seminars, Tastings; point of sale promotions, market studies, etc – all aimed to boost the presence of Spanish food products internationally. Networking, introductions, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: Associations that want to join FIAB must send a letter requesting its membership to The General Assembly. If you are a company and want to become a member, contact the relevant business organization that appears in the list of FIAB member associations. The Association will be in charge of providing you with the services of your sector in addition to those provided by FIAB. For more information, contact FIAB via the form on their website.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FIAB presents several industry publications on their website.

98. La Asociación Española de Enoturismo y Alimentación (The Spanish Wine and Food Tourism Association)

Positions Spain as the leading destination for food and wine tourism

The mission of the The Spanish Wine and Food Tourism Association is to position Spain as a leading destination for food and wine orientated tourism. By identifying and advising its members about market opportunities, it links the sector together in ways that contribute to its development, regulation and growth. OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2015.
  • Location: Partners throughout Spain.
  • Community: A mix of representatives within the world of food and wine tourism across Spain, mostly travel agencies.
  • Number of members: 13+ leading agencies across Spain.
  • Website: www.spainfoodandwinetourism.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Not specified.
  • Member benefits: Networking, industry insights, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: If you want to join the Spanish Association of Wine Tourism and Gastronomic Tourism, you must be a Spanish registered business dedicated to wine tourism and gastronomic tourism. Download the admission letter and email the association at info@enoturismoygastronomia.com. You can also send the initial consultation by email, explaining what your company does clearly. 

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • The Spanish Association of Wine Tourism and Gastronomic Tourism regularly publishes industry news on their website.

United Kingdom

99. Brewing, Food, & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association (BFBi)

Representing the entire value chain supplying the food & drink industry worldwide

The Brewing, Food, & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association (BFBi) is the only international trade association representing the entire value chain supplying the food & drink industry worldwide – from production to sales. BFBi aims to be the leading trade association providing opportunities for its members to develop within the brewing, food, and beverage sector.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1907
  • Location: Headquartered in Wolverhampton, UK, with a global presence
  • Community: A mix of food and drink businesses across the world. See BFBi’s website for a detailed member overview.
  • Number of members: Not specified.
  • Website: www.bfbi.org.uk

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Members are categorized based on business type.
  • Member benefits: Advice and information about important industry matters, such as legislative proposals, technology, trends, etc. Consultation, networking, introductions, training, resources, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • BFBi represents the entire value chain – from seed merchants to machinery manufacturers. See a detailed service overview on their website.

100. The Grain and Feed Trade Association (Gafta):

Representing organisations trading globally in agri-commodities

Gafta (the Grain & Feed Trade Association) is an international trade association representing organizations trading globally in agri-commodities including grain, rice, animal feed, pulses, general produce, and spices. The foodservice association aims to protect the interests of its members and promote free trade in agri-commodities worldwide.

Gafta develops the standard forms of contract on which it is estimated that 80% of the world’s trade in grain is shipped. These contracts are industry-led, ensuring that they are current, party-neutral, and reflect best practice. The association also runs an international arbitration service for contractual disputes, the awards from which can be enforced in over 150 countries under the New York Convention.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1971 (even though its origins can be traced back to 1878)
  • Location: Headquarters in London, with presence in 98+ countries
  • Community: Members covering the length and breadth of the country, representing every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry.
  • Number of members: 1800+ member companies in 95+ countries
  • Website: www.gafta.com

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: There are a wide range of membership types, ranging from Student to Superintendents and Surveyor Members.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include discounts, training, networking, events, the possibility to raise issues and influence policy and the industry in general with Gafta’s in-house experts, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Ranging from $50-1500 USD.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • GAFTA organizes several events. See their website for a detailed overview.

101. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF):

The voice of the UK food and drink industry

The UK food and drink industry employs over 450,000 people in the UK across 7,000 businesses, and accounts for 19% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) represents the entire UK food and drink industry, representing members ranging from global brands to thriving small businesses.

By encouraging knowledge sharing, networking, and innovation, FDF helps its members optimize their performance and maximise their competitiveness.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 1913
  • Location: Headquarters in London.
  • Community: A mix of food and drink manufacturers and trade associations, from large international long-established brands to small companies manufacturing organic products.
  • Number of members: 300+ companies
  • Website: www.fdf.org.uk

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Company, Professional Affiliate, and more.
  • Member benefits: FDF offers a wide range of strategic, operational and practical benefits, supporting their members in all aspects of their business. This includes; training, advice, networking, events, the possibility to raise issues and influence policy and the industry in general with Gafta’s in-house experts, and much more.
  • Cost and payment options: Membership fees are based on your company’s UK turnover and start at £231.30+VAT ($ 288 USD) per million of turnover up to £750m and £143.92 ($ 180 USD) per million of turnover thereafter. The membership year runs January-December so is pro-rata for joining at a mid-point in the year.
  • How to join: Contact the membership team via their website, and they’ll send you the relevant forms to get your membership up and running

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • FDF regularly publishes fresh industry facts and statistics.

102. UKHospitality:

The powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector in UK 

UKHospitality represents the country’s broad hospitality industry with the main goals to promote the sector, share best practice and create an unrivalled networking platform. It was formed from the merger of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) in April 2018.

The hospitality sector is the 3rd largest private-sector employer in the UK, and a major contributor to the national economy. It employs 2.9 million people and generates £130bn in economic activity, while paying £38bn in taxation to fund important local and national services.

OVERVIEW

  • Founded: 2018
  • Location: Headquarters in London.
  • Community: Members represent the entire restaurant and hospitality industry. Covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues.
  • Number of members: 700+ member companies
  • Website: www.ukhospitality.org.uk

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership categories: Operator, Supplier, Affiliate.
  • Member benefits: Benefits include cost-savings, compliance advice, insights, consulting, networking, training, events, and more.
  • Cost and payment options: Not specified.
  • How to join: You can sign up online.

OTHER PROGRAMS & USEFUL INFORMATION

  • UKHospitality’s blog presents industry insights on a regular basis.

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