Become A Member
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:
On joining you will hear about our regular (usually at least monthly) events just for you – our Events and Grower Committees develop our events calendar for the year with a great mix of different topics, guest speakers and 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
We offer regular networking events, just for members… to profile different members and bring like-minded industry people together!
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.
NRF offer our members the chance to participate in our annual NRF Harvest Festival and Harvest 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 and 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.
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
Food manufacturer, value adder where value adding is responsible for more than 50% of your business income
Distributors, Retailers, Supermarkets
Restaurant/Cafe, Catering, Cooking School, Hotel/Motel, B&B, Farmstay, other accommodation
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
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 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.