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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world*—supporting over 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations, we work every day to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible. We represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests—taking on financial and regulatory obstacles before they hit our members’ bottom line. We provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes get significantly better operating results. And we offer the kinds of networking, education and research resources that are only possible because of our vast, and active, membership base. We save our members time, money and headaches by helping them take on what matters most for their success and growth—whether that’s protecting their economic interests, sharing best practices, or getting them in front of emerging trends. We strive to move our industry forward by finding answers to the tough questions, distilling complex information into practical knowledge and helping our members navigate the issues that can leave them in the weeds. And that makes us the go-to resource for smart, relevant intelligence that helps our members run their businesses better. At the NRA, we believe that there is strength in numbers. When we come together as an industry, our collective voice is stronger and our impact is greater than when any of us stands alone. And that means our shared spirit of hospitality, passion for serving others and belief in the American entrepreneurial dream will be safeguarded and advanced. *Largest foodservice trade association by membership. Our shared vision with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation We will lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. National Restaurant Association Mission We serve our members by advancing and protecting America’s restaurant and foodservice industry

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Restaurant Economic Snapshot

A monthly summary of key indicators  This at-a-glance flyer provides an overview of key economic indicators, including the Restaurant Performance Index, monthly sales, employment, wholesale food and menu prices, and the economy. Click on...

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Sustainability

Conserve: Moving conservation forward The National Restaurant Association's Conserve program, begun in 2008, is a broad initiative that helps restaurateurs implement conservation practices. Conserve is where restaurants turn for practical...

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Workforce Engagement

We hear it all the time – your team is like family. Whether you’re trying to recruit the best team, manage and retain who you have on board, and/or reward your employees, we know you want to do right by them. We can help you navigat...

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Recent Articles

August 16, 2018
Congress gives restaurants temporary tax relief

Congress’s passage of a bill to renew four tax provisions that stand to have a direct impact on restaurant operations was a welcome relief after a year of uncertainty. But the relief is only temporary.

August 15, 2018
Spring into the season with bright, vegetable-forward drinks

According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2018 “What’s Hot” chefs’ survey, vegetable-forward cuisine is the third most popular culinary concept trend. National Restaurant Association Kids LiveWell sponsor Juicy Juice shares three healthful, carrot-infused smoothie ideas.

August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
How to keep barbecue safe and delicious

Barbecue is a tasty, craveable helping of Americana. According to the National Restaurant Association 2017 “What’s Hot” chefs’ survey, barbecue is the fifth most popular perennial menu item. Here are tips on how to safely hot-hold this favorite without sacrificing flavor or juiciness.

August 14, 2018
Perfect the timing of your e-marketing communications

Timing can be a critical component to effective restaurant marketing. Get more email-marketing strategy tips.

August 14, 2018
10 email tips for restaurants

Increase returns by building a relationship with your guests. Email is one of the most effective and personal ways to connect with your customers, so follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of your email marketing strategy. 

August 14, 2018
Making your mark through menu design

One key ingredient of restaurant success is so obvious that it’s sometimes overlooked: the menu. Building and presenting a winning menu can often be the difference between a restaurant that rings up sales and one that lags in revenue. While strategically whipping up your culinary calling card, examine these angles.

August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
Roll out the welcome mat for international tourists

More than 74 million international travelers visited the United States in 2014, according to the International Travel Administration. Attract these guests' business with these eight ideas.