ACS offers various membership levels to fit you or your company’s needs! Professionals in the cheese and related industries may join at the Professional Level as a Producer or Trade Affiliate. Student and Enthusiast memberships at the Associate Level are available for those who want to get involved but who are not professionally engaged in the industry. Once you know what level you’d like to join at, you can fill out the form here.
Professional membership is available for Producers (those who make cheese and/or cultured dairy products) and Trade Affiliates (all other professionals who work in, serve, and/or support the cheese and specialty food industry). Learn more about the Benefits of Professional Membership.
There are two levels of Professional Membership: Individual and Organizational.
Individual Membership: $175
Individual Membership is designed for industry professionals who seek educational opportunities, networking, online resources, and professional development opportunities for personal growth and career advancement. Each Individual Member receives 1 vote in ACS elections.
There are two options for Organizational Membership: Small Business and Corporate. Each of these options offers several membership packages from which to choose, depending on the number of employees you’d like to have access to ACS benefits and discounts. Organizational members receive benefits tailored toward the needs of businesses.
Small Business Membership
Small Business Membership is designed for companies that wish to provide up to 3 of their owners, management, staff, and employees access to education, networking, and professional development – and who wish to promote their company, products, and/or services among the cheese community. Small Business members receive 1 vote per company allocated to the Primary Contact on file.
Small Business 1– $225 (includes 1 member)
Small Business 2– $400 (includes 2 members)
Small Business 3– $600 (includes 3 members)
Corporate Membership is designed for companies that wish to provide 4 or more of their owners, management, staff, and employees access to ACS education, networking, and professional development – and who wish to promote their company, products, and/or services among the cheese community. Corporate members receive 1 vote per company allocated to the Primary Contact on file.
Corporate 4 – $800 (includes 4 members)
Corporate 5 – $1,000 (includes 5 members)
Corporate PLUS – $1,250 (Corporate 5 membership PLUS DISCOUNTS on key ACS products/services extended to unlimited company representatives)
Corporate Sustaining– $3,000 (Corporate 5 membership plus FULL ACCESS TO ALL BENEFITS extended to unlimited company representatives.)
Associate Membership (Non-Professional)
Associate Membership is available to those who are not involved in the industry professionally, but who love cheese! Associate members are not eligible to vote in ACS elections, and are not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.
There are two levels of Associate Membership: Student and Enthusiast. Learn about the benefits of an Associate Membership.
Student Membership – $75
Designed for students currently enrolled at a higher education facility who would like to gain and/or increase their knowledge about the world of artisan and specialty cheese.
Enthusiast Membership – $150
Designed for individuals who are not working in the cheese industry, but who would like to increase their knowledge about the world of specialty cheese, and who want to support the great work of American cheesemakers!