The Council for Responsible Nutrition is making changes to its dues plan for 2022 with a focus on making membership more accessible for companies of any size.
The Washington-based trade association’s new plan reduces annual dues for many companies and looks to address continued industry consolidation while offering an equitable rate structure, CRN said.
“This change opens the playing field to more companies,” said CRN chairman Barry Ritz, vice president of science, regulatory, and innovation at Nestle Health Science. “Midsize companies that previously perceived us as ‘too expensive’ now have the opportunity to secure a seat at the CRN table.”
The change was recommended by a task force of CRN members formed by Ritz. It was unanimously approved by CRN’s board in June. The dues change will see many companies’ annual membership cost reduced, especially companies with sales of $50 million to $400 million annually. Dues will only increase for firms with annuals sales over $400 million, with plans to phase in any substantial changes over the course of three years.
“CRN members recognize the return on their investment in membership is unmatched in this industry,” said Steve Mister, CRN’s president and CEO. “The evolution in our dues structure ensures CRN can continue to provide our members with the industry leadership, government engagement, and experienced counsel they rely on.”