True Blue Application
True Blue is a promotion initiative from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA).
Only a small number of restaurants in Maryland reliably make their crab cakes from local crabmeat and the state does not require restaurants to identify the specific source of the meat. It’s time to stand behind our crab cakes and crab meat and proudly support this local luxury.
Customers can look at a menu and know right away that they’re getting what they think they’re getting if the menu has the “True Blue” logo. For years it has been an open secret that many “Maryland crab cakes” may be made Maryland-style, but not necessarily with Maryland, or even American, crab meat.
The ‘True Blue’ program allows restaurants serving Maryland blue crab product to use a special logo in marketing or advertising the product. Once a restaurant is signed up they receive a ‘True Blue’ logo to signify to their patrons that they are a True Blue member. Participation is promoted through social media and the marylandseafood.org website that gets nearly 100,000 visits a month.
How can you sign up? Contact us for more information.
If you are a restaurant, retail store, caterer, or other food service establishment that is interested in joining the
True Blue program please fill out this application.
Apply or Register
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Complete the form
Review the steps - read carefully
Create a Maryland OneStop Account
If you do not have a Maryland OneStop account, click Register in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Enter your first name, last name, email address, and create a password, then click Register.
Verify Your Maryland OneStop Account Email
Once you have submitted your information to create an account, you will receive an email from email@example.com. Click the "Verify Your Email" button in the email.
Complete the Application
Log in using the email and password you created and click the Apply Online button to complete your application.
You will be notified through OneStop of the status of your grant application.
What Happens After Submission
After submission, your application will be reviewed. You will be notified via email if your application has been approved or rejected. If approved, your True Blue account will be created in OneStop.
In order to continue with a True Blue membership, at least 75% of crab product used annually in a participating food service establishment must be harvested and/or processed in the state of Maryland. In accordance with the True Blue program, an approved food service establishment agrees to submit annual copies of sales receipts and invoices to the Maryland Department of Agriculture for product verification. It is the responsibility of the establishment to use the True Blue logo in a manner that is not misrepresentative to the consumer about the amount of Maryland product being used or the establishment’s involvement in the program. Any food service establishment found to not be in compliance or violating the terms of the program may have its membership revoked. Once membership has been approved, MD MDA True Blue will provide materials for marketing purposes.