Got To Be NC members represent the farmers and agribusinesses that produce our state’s agricultural products. Membership in the program not only allows us to bring our members’ goods to market and into the hands of consumers, it benefits North Carolina’s agriculture industry as a whole.

Through members-only events, trade shows, marketing initiatives and more, we support members of all sizes, from wholesale producers and processors to individual specialty food entrepreneurs.  The Got To Be NC program is a business development program.  It is designed to assist companies that are in business to grow and expand market share.  The program is not for the hobbyist.

Apply for Membership

Got To Be NC membership is made by application to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and may only be claimed by qualified and approved producers or processors of North Carolina agricultural and food products.

Apply online for membership today!  You can view our membership criteria by downloading it here. Prospective members looking to download a paper application form can do so here.  Please note, paper applications take longer to process.

Current members should verify and update their member profile today – it’s as easy as following steps 1, 2, 3! Search the name of your business to confirm whether or not your company has been imported to our Find Local directory. If you are listed, simply follow step 2 to the form to update your existing profile.

For current members not listed: You are still a member! Because of the age and volume of the old member database, we launched the new site with a sampling of the total membership data that had been researched and vetted. The fastest and most efficient way for us to capture updated information on our members for the new Find Local directory is to have you fill out the new online application. This application feeds our new member profile center. The application is more in depth, but takes just 10 minutes to fill out. This will provide NCDA staff with the robust details and information needed to serve you better.

For information on the new website and membership, contact Jamie Hall, Got To Be NC marketing manager. Please note, in order to maintain the integrity of the data on the site, each application is vetted and researched before being uploaded. We are experiencing a high volume of applications and update forms, please be patient, as we work diligently to process each one.

Member Opportunities

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2020 Seafood Expo North America

The 2020 Seafood Expo North America will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on March 15-17th, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. More information on general show details can be found at:

Got To Be NC will host the North Carolina Seafood Pavilion at the show in March.  The total cost for Got To Be NC member exhibitors to have a 10’ x10’ space at this year’s show will be $2,000.00.  To secure space within the North Carolina pavilion, a deposit of $1,000.00 is due on or before Dec. 31, 2019.  The remaining balance of $1,000.00 will be due by January 6, 2020.

If you wish to reserve space for the 2020 Seafood Expo North America, please contact John Aydlett for a printable contract. The exhibit spaces are very limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. If there are more exhibitor applications than spaces, you will be notified of the status, and put on a wait list. The NCDA&CS has secured eight 100 square foot exhibit spaces for 2020.

If you have any questions, please call John Aydlett, 252-331-4773, or email

2020 National Restaurant Association Show

Featuring The Got To Be NC Pavilion May 16th-19th ,2020 at McCormick Place in Chicago

Stand Out, Be Seen at this international show! Prime location for the 17th year in a row! The Got To Be NC Pavilion is back at the National Restaurant Show. The pavilion will have a 20×50 footprint and will hold six vendors, each with a booth space of 10×17.  Got To Be NC will once again cover 50% of the pavilion booth fees for members. Cick here for more information on the show.

Why Attend? The entire spectrum of the foodservice industry calls the NRA Show their own. From commercial to non-commercial, chain to independent, QSR to fine-dining—as well as grocery chains, convenience stores, dealers and distributors—NRA Show is the only event where every segment comes with BIG BUDGETS, BIG IDEAS, and BIG PLANS. It is the largest annual foodservice show in the USA where deals, connections and sales are made. More than 45,000 buyers with big budgets, big plans and big ideas make NRA Show an essential destination.  NRA Show is truly global, with attendees hailing from 110 different countries (and all 50 states).

When you exhibit at NRA Show, you’re getting your business in front of all 50 of the Top 50 restaurant brands and 98 of the Top 100 restaurant brands. NRA Show has seen significant gains in the following: C-level and Executive management attendance (up 35%)C-level and owners (up 11%)Director level and above (up 8%). NRA Show attendees have purchasing influence!

To secure a space within the Got To Be NC Pavilion or more information, contact Chad Blackwelder at 919-971-4352 or

The exhibit spaces are very limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Cutoff for contract submittal will be February 1, 2020.

Got To Be NC Grower/Buyer Exchange

January 28th, 2020

Featuring Buyers/Category Managers from Food Lion, The Fresh Market and Jennette Brothers Foodservice Distributors

Exchange will be held at: Embassy Suites Hotel/ Concord

5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, North Carolina

The day will be structured in 15-minute, one-on-one sessions beginning at 8 AM and ending at 4 PM.

15 Morning Sessions from 8 AM to 12 Noon AND 11 Afternoon Sessions from 1PM to 4 PM.

The retailer will define the specific categories of interest for their operations. Suppliers are limited to one 15-minute session per company.

Eligibility: This Exchange will involve these categories: Fresh Produce, Packaged Nuts, Fluid Dairy Products, Eggs and Locally Roasted Coffee. Categories of interest varies by company. Specific details for each is outlined in the registration link below along with eligibility to participate.

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Registration deadline is January 10th, 2020 For more information, contact

Retail Product Opportunity

Hawk’s Nest Café & General Store (Kinston) is looking for shelf stable food products for its general store.  Sauces, pickled vegetables, dry goods (corn bread mix, breading, etc.) and condiments are of particular interest. Contact Judy Johnson at