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Membership Benefits

Promoting and Protecting the Industry

Reasons to Join BFFF.

We are the UK’s frozen food trade association, with over 350 members comprising Producers, Wholesalers, Importers, Exporters, Brokers, Retailers and related Associate businesses. Membership provides an excellent opportunity for frozen food companies and associates to gain awareness at both commercial and legislative levels and also to understand how BFFF is promoting the industry.

BFFF has a unique and substantial membership covering the entire cold chain from large companies to SMEs, which increases its influence with Government and outside agencies. Membership services are offered impartially to each individual member company.

To enquire about membership contact Becky Dobb on 01400 283095 or email beckydobb@bfff.co.uk

BFFF – Bringing the Frozen Food Industry Together!

A great opportunity to expand your business connections!

As a frozen food company or business serving our sector BFFF members are all potential customers.

Networking events

March – Business Conference and Exhibition – bringing the industry together to hear visionary speakers leading the debate on all matters topical to frozen. Over 200 delegates from across the industry attend – great for networking and exhibiting.

March 2017 – ‘Frozen Food at IFE’ – BFFF hosts a large stand and information point to assist in sourcing products and services and a members hospitality area which provides a meeting place for all connected with frozen foods.

June and November – Industry Forums are free to attend for all members. Speakers include a chief economist and Industry leaders and discussions follow current topics that affect the frozen food industry.

June – Gala Dinner and Annual Awards presentation our ‘Oscars of the frozen Food industry’ recognising quality initiatives in new products.

July – Health and Safety seminar which offers health and safety professionals within member companies to come and listen to speakers about working practices and prevention and keep up to date with research in this area. This seminar also offers a great opportunity for all members to exhibit.

July – Thinking of Joining Seminar which is for companies considering membership and who wish to hear what BFFF are doing to promote and protect the industry. Members also have the opportunity to introduce new members.

November – Annual Luncheon which gathers together around 1000 key industry figures many of whom are buyers for the industry. Includes after dinner speaker and networking continues into the evening.


Benefit Schemes

Primary Authority – BFFF can now offer members agreed Industry advice under a scheme called primary authority. The advice is ‘assured’ which means that it is backed by law and will help support members to stay on the right side of regulation. To take part members can choose to sign up to one or all of the following categories:

Fire Safety Primary Authority – This scheme gives members assured advice in Fire safety and offers member’s links with competent, dedicated contacts who provide consistent legally backed advice, both across and industry bespoke to business. This will improve safety and compliance within the industry, at a minimal cost.

BFFF partners in the primary Authority schemes are Wakefield Environmental Health Team, Cambridgeshire Trading Standards Team and Lincolnshire Fire and rescue.

May June Bulletin ThumbnailThe Bulletin – the BFFF bi-monthly magazine which is circulated to a readership of over 3300 decision makers, within the frozen food industry. Each new member benefits from a prominent New Members Profile in this publication. The profile is charged at £250 for a full page. Members can therefore recoup a substantial part of your membership fee in the first year as an equivalent advertorial would cost £925. Members also benefit from free publication of their press releases in The Bulletin and on the BFFF website that has over 4,000 hits every month.

Membership list – on joining members receive a copy of all our members’ details to allow for direct marketing campaigns. The BFFF logo can be used on all members’ letterheads, business cards, vehicle livery etc. to highlight the partnership with BFFF.

Trade and consumer websites – www.bfff.co.uk is an informative website with a ‘members only’ area with information on the latest T&L and Keep it Safe updates together with back copies. The BFFF website also provides market data for the retail and foodservice markets and links to members’ websites.
www.coolcookery.co.uk is a consumer orientated website which promotes the benefits and use of frozen foods.

Trade and Business Leads – BFFF receive enquiries on a regular basis for frozen food products and services. In addition buyers make contact when sourcing new products or researching new suppliers. BFFF actively promote its members on all trade enquiries.



Influence and consultation – BFFF is influential in a wide range of issues with Defra, the department of health and the Food Standards Agency. The federation keeps its members aware at an early stage of all eventualities that might affect them.

Support services
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Members are kept informed of technical and legislative issues via the T&L Update and receive early warnings of impending initiatives.





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Regular updates to do with new legislation and campaigns on Health and Safety are forwarded to members via the Keep it safe e-newsletter. There is also a hot line for confidential issues in technical & legislative and Health and safety.




Projects to address special issues – elected committees look at issues and initiatives affecting the industry as a whole and sector specific. Working Groups of selected specialist tackle key industry issues.

Grayling EU is situated in the heart of Brussells EU quarter and is a fully integrated communications consultancy specializing in Public relations, public affairs, investor relations and event and Association management. Grayling send members a bi- weekly report of matters in Health & Nutrition, labelling, food safety, trade and other matters related to the frozen food industry discussed by the European Commission.

Arbitration service for members who are unable to resolve a trade dispute, but who do not wish to undertake legal recourse.


Buyer Meetings

Members Iceland, Bidvest Foodservice and Brakes have agreed that all new BFFF members will be guaranteed a meeting with their buyers if appropriate. BFFF are encouraged that other members have offered to do the same and this will become another strong member benefit.

Membership Rates
BFFF membership fees are low and offer outstanding value for money to members. Services are offered impartially, small companies are treated no differently and can benefit just as much as multi-nationals.

Membership rates for the year 2016/2017 are based on annual UK frozen food turnover.

BAND                  TURNOVER                            £
A                           Under £5 Million                   1805.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
B                           £5 million – £10 million       2185.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
C                           £10 million – £25 million    2570.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
D                          Over £25 Million                    3285.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
Associate           One fee for all sales              1585.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT

All subscriptions are due for renewal on the 1st July each year. New members joining through the year will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

All of these benefits are exclusive to BFFF Members!

BFFF Events – 2016/2017

4th July                     –   Thinking of Joining Seminar, Mecure Windsor Castle Hotel, Windsor
6th July                     –   Health and Safety Seminar, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
14th September    –   BFFF/TCS&D Industry Forum, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham
22nd November    –   BFFF Annual Luncheon, Hilton, Park Lane, London
23rd November     –   BFFF Industry Forum, Venue TBA
7th March                –   BFFF Business Conference, Birmingham Hilton Metropole

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For more information contact:

Becky Dobb, Membership Manager

Tel: 01400 283090

Email: beckydobb@bfff.co.uk























Prestigious Industry Events – excellent networking opportunities


Annual Awards

Industry magazine

Technical & Legislative and Health & Safety advice

Members benefit schemes

Membership list – on joining you will receive a copy of all our members’ details to allow you to carry out direct marketing campaigns if you so wish. You are also able to use the BFFF Logo on all your letterheads, business cards, vehicle livery etc.

Trade and Business Leads – we receive enquiries on a regular basis for frozen food products and services. In addition buyers contact us when sourcing new products or researching new suppliers. We actively promote our members on all trade enquiries.

Projects to address special issues – Expert Groups of selected specialists tackle key industry issues.

Arbitration service for members who are unable to resolve a trade dispute, but who do not wish to undertake legal recourse.

Membership Rates

Band A (Under £5 million)                  £1,770.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
Band B (£5 million – £10 million)      £2,140.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
Band C (£10 million – £25 million)    £2,520.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
Band D (Over £25 million)                  £3,220.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
Associate (One fee for all sales)          £1,555.00 + £200.00 joining fee + VAT
All subscriptions are due for renewal on the 1st July each year. New members joining through the year will be charged on a pro-rata basis

Contact Becky Dobb on 01400 283095 or email beckydobb@bfff.co.uk