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Food Industry membership

Becoming a member of NRF is a great way to connect with others in the local food industry. We have a great network of local food industry people from gate to plate – restaurants, food manufacturers, growers & producers, agri-tourism operators, dietitians, nutritionists & wellness people, food marketers, engineers, legal & financial people and everything in between! It’s a terrific network of people who want to work together to grow our local food scene.

Benefits of joining as Food Industry members:

Opportunities and connections

Get connected

On joining you will hear about our regular (usually at least monthly) events just for you – our Events & Grower Committees develop our events calendar for the year with a great mix of different topics, guest speakers & venues which also help profile our members. We also offer workshops throughout the year on topical issues. Our members have a discounted rate for all of these events.

Find your tribe

Thanks to the generosity of Stone & Wood, we offer a regular “Village Gathering” at the Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron once a month, just for members…a happy hour if you will, to bring like-minded industry people together. At these gatherings we like to profile a different member each month with food that goes with beer!

Spruik your stuff

Our industry members have the opportunity to share their news each month and to share news of new products or events to our foodie members via NRF e-newsletters each month. You can view our News blog here. We also offer a free business listing for all our industry members on our NRF website and help promote our members via social media…sharing the love where we can.

Create opportunities

NRF offer our members the chance to participate in our annual NRF Harvest Food Festival and Harvest Food Trails each year, to help connect people with real food on real farms. Our Harvest Food Festival Committee plans a cracking festival each year, and are always seeking interest from our members who would like to participate.

Be the First to Hear

And when there are opportunities to participate in things like media famils, trade events, producer dinners & regional events….you will be the first to hear about them! When we hear about opportunities for our local food industry, as a NRF member, you will be the first to hear…

Workshops With You in Mind

Our workshops are planned by people just like you, who run businesses in the food industry. The topics vary depending on need, but you can be sure the workshops are always interesting, topical and relevant for our local food businesses.

Membership Criteria

It’s important we keep it real and our Constitution sets out the Northern Rivers Food Rules & Regulations, so for our food industry membership we have criteria which our members must meet, namely:

  • The food business must be primarily located in the Northern Rivers region, AND
  • The goods and/or services produced by the business must be primarily created within the region using local produce where available; AND
  • The business has a commitment to using local labour for operations within the region.

Consumer Level Membership – ‘Foodie Fan’

We also have a new category of membership for food lovers out there! Our ‘foodie fan’ membership offers a great way to be first on the block to hear about new foods, events & offerings from all our industry members.

Special Foodie-Fan intro offer – the first 20 Foodie Fan members to join NRF will receive a free a superior quality NRF denim, cross-back apron valued at $60 & a copy of the local foodie’s guide “Byron Region Food – a Northern Rivers Food & Beverage Handbook” valued at $15.

Annual Membership Fees

Select the appropriate membership level
MANUFACTURING MEMBER
only $230 plus GST

Food manufacturer, value adder where value adding is responsible for more than 50% of your business income

GROWER / PRODUCER MEMBER
only $230 plus GST

Farmers, producers.

SELLER MEMBER
only $230 plus GST

Distributors, Retailers, Supermarkets

FOOD SERVICE MEMBER
only $230 plus GST

Restaurant/Cafe, Catering, Cooking School, Hotel/Motel, B&B, Farmstay, other accommodation

INDUSTRY AFFILIATE
only $230 plus GST

Professionals servicing the food industry such as: consultants, brokers, raw material suppliers, designers, publications, marketing & PR, government agencies, transportation companies, trade associations, research companies and universities. This member type is a non-voting member

FOODIE FAN (NON-VOTING / CONSUMER MEMBER)
only $120 plus GST

Do you love food and want to be the first to hear about great local food & events? Join our foodie fan membership with NRF and you will receive regular updates and offerings from our members.

Our Constitution

Our Constitution sets out the Northern Rivers Food Rules & Regulations. Northern Rivers Food is a proactive group established for the benefit of all food businesses that grow, manufacture, distribute, sell or serve food in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. We are run by our members for the members and our aim is to create a sustainable Northern Rivers Food Industry. You can download our Constitution from the button below.

Download Our Constitution