Membership Information

Learn more about becoming a part of UFA Membership.

Becoming a part of the Upcycled Food Association (UFA) Membership puts your business at the center of the
booming upcycled food movement. UFA represents pioneering consumer goods companies, retailers, ingredient suppliers, and food system change makers who are working to minimize food loss and waste - a leading solution to climate change.

Our membership packages are designed to establish you as a leader in addressing the climate crisis through food and consumer goods solutions.

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Review the UFA Code of Conduct (PDF)

Upcycler Member

Upcycler membership is perfect for all companies who wish to offer upcycled products to customers and consumers that align with their values. 

The Upcycler Membership directly connects you to the burgeoning upcycling community and gives you access to critical brand-building tools and information to accelerate your company’s growth. Upcycler Members also receive special discounts to industry trade shows and to UFA’s Upcycled Certified™ Program, the world’s first third-party certification program for upcycled food ingredients and products.

Eligible business types include: Consumer packaged goods brands, manufacturers, co-manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and retailers.

Upcycler Membership Benefits:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies.
  • GET NOTICED: Grow exposure for your company through UFA brand-building tools, media and press opportunities.
  • GET CERTIFIED: Receive up to a 40% discount on upcycled product and ingredient certification fees and access custom launch support.
  • DRIVE SALES AT TRADE SHOWS: Promote your products and connect with buyers in the exclusive UFA booth at industry trade shows and receive up to 60% off trade show badges.
  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research and industry news.
  • GROW INVESTMENT: Join the Food Waste Funder Circle to pitch your upcycling product and learn about the latest food waste innovations.
  • ACCESS EXPERTISE: Get guidance from industry experts through our free multidisciplinary advisory program.
  • BE A LEADER: Serve on UFA committees or join the Board of Directors to vote in UFA matters.

Upcycler Membership dues are an annual fee based off of Annual Gross Sales ($USD).

Upcycler Member Dues

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Affiliate Member

Affiliate Membership is a great way for industry service providers to connect and promote directly within the upcycled food movement. As an Affiliate Member, you’ll have direct access to the fast growing upcycled community. UFA provides the most current market insights and research so you can tailor your offerings to meet the needs of this burgeoning market.

Eligible business types include: Any business that provides services to the upcycled foods industry, such as multi-person consulting firms and brand agencies, online marketplaces, product development firms, technology and packaging providers and more.

Affiliate Member Benefits:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies.  

  • GET NOTICED: Grow exposure for your company using UFA tools and assets to better promote your involvement with UFA and the upcycled food movement.

  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research, and industry news.
  • BE A LEADER: Serve on UFA committees or join the Board of Directors to vote in UFA matters.

Affiliate Membership dues are a flat rate of $750 annually ($USD), unless you qualify for the DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Discount. 

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Distributor/Importer Member

Distributor & Importer Membership connects you with the cutting-edge companies and sustainable products your customers demand.

Eligible business types include: Distributors, importers, brokers, and traders.

Distributor/Importer Membership Benefits:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies.
  • CARRY IT FIRST: Get access to growing UPC lists of the latest upcycled products and merchandising assets to meet your customer’s needs.
  • GET NOTICED: Grow exposure for your company through UFA brand-building tools, media and press opportunities.
  • GET CERTIFIED: Receive up to a 40% discount on upcycled product and ingredient certification fees and access custom launch support.
  • DRIVE SALES AT TRADE SHOWS: Promote your products and connect with buyers in the exclusive UFA booth at industry trade shows and receive up to 60% off trade show badges.
  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research and industry news.
  • ACCESS EXPERTISE: Get guidance from industry experts through our free multidisciplinary advisory program.
  • BE A LEADER: Serve on UFA committees or join the Board of Directors to vote in UFA matters.

Distributor/Importer Membership dues are an annual flat fee of $2500 ($USD).

Join as Distributor/Importer Member

Not-for-Profit Member

Not-for-Profit membership is perfect for organizations working in the areas of food waste reduction and food systems sustainability.

Eligible organizations include: Any not-for-profit entity who is interested in supporting and engaging with the upcycled movement.

Not-for-Profit Membership Benefits:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies.

  • DRIVE CHANGE: Collaborate with thought leaders and researchers working towards positive change in areas such as environmental sustainability, regenerative agriculture, food security, and local and sustainable food systems.

  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research and industry news.
  • GET NOTICED: Grow exposure for your organization through UFA brand-building tools, media and press opportunities.

  • BE A LEADER: Serve on UFA committees or join the Board of Directors to vote in UFA matters.

Not-for-Profit Membership dues are a flat rate of $500 annually ($USD), unless you qualify for the DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Discount. 

Join as Not-for-Profit Member

Individual Member

Individual membership is perfect for independent researchers and consultants, members of the media, and curious consumers looking for more information about upcycled food. 

Eligible individuals include sole proprietors and anyone not affiliated with a company who is interested in supporting and engaging with the upcycled movement.

*This membership type is not intended for individuals working in a business with a financial stake in the upcycled food industry. If you are looking to receive UFA benefits for your company, please check out our other membership types!

Benefits include:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies.  

  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research and industry news

  • BE A LEADER: Serve on UFA committees or join the Board of Directors to vote in UFA matters.

Individual Membership dues are a flat rate of $350 annually ($USD), unless you qualify for the DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Discount. 

Join as Individual Member

Student Member

Student membership is perfect for current students looking for more information about upcycled food. 

Eligible students include anyone currently enrolled in an academic institution and that is not affiliated with a company who is interested in supporting and engaging with the upcycled movement.

*This membership type is not intended for students working in a business with a financial stake in the upcycled food industry. If you are looking to receive UFA benefits for your company, please check out our other membership types!

Student Membership benefits include:

  • ENGAGE IN THE COMMUNITY: Attend in-person and virtual events to connect and network with top executives and global leaders from +220 upcycling companies. 
  • BE IN THE KNOW: Be the first to receive exclusive policy briefs, upcycled food research and industry news.

Student Membership dues are a flat fee of $50 annually. 

Join as Student Member