NRA: Expansion likely for restaurant industry

The restaurant industry outlook is positive and business owners are optimistic about improving sales in the next several months.


NRA 2011: Health care and other issues discussed

Scott DeFife, the Association's EVP for policy and government affairs, talks about health care and other high-profile issues affecting the restaurant industry.

NRA 2011: Reaction to the threat of higher swipe fees

NRA's Scott DeFife, EVP of policy and government affairs, talks about the Durbin Amendment and its implications for the restaurant and retail industries.

It's time to feel good!

The latter part of May is always a busy time of year on my calendar. During the waning days of spring, there is a convergence of our Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation charity tennis tournament, the National Restaurant Association trade...

Chef’s survey reveals 2011 menu trends

The National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” survey of more than 1,500 professional chefs has revealed that local and hyper-local sourcing, healthy children’s meals, sustainable seafood and gluten-free cuisine will be among the hottest menu trends in 2011. “The top trends...

NRA forecast: Restaurant sales will stabilize

The restaurant industry will show gradual improvement in 2010 as sales are expected to reach $580 billion.

NRA forecast: Restaurant sales will stabilize

The restaurant industry will show gradual improvement in 2010 as sales are expected to reach $580 billion.

Technomic report predicts alcohol sales falling in 2010

Alcohol sales at casual- and fine-dining chains are expected to be slim in 2010, giving some fast casual operators a golden opportunity.

2009 Fast Casual Summit: VGS

Patrick Benasillo, vice president of Visual Graphic Systems, discusses how his product can benefit fast casual operators during the 2009 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Dallas.

Signature Digital Menus for 2012 Olympic caterers

Signature Digital Menus will provide a digital menu board solution for Olympic caterers – Bon Appetit. In the video, the catering firm talk openly about how digital menu boards have provided a real benefit to the bottom line of their business through improved efficiencies and more flexibility.

NRA 2009: Smaller crowd meant better business

While attendance was down at this year's NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, exhibitors say lead generation was quality over quantity.

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Restaurant group wants feds to revamp proposed overtime policy proposal

The proposed new federal overtime rules are not sitting well with the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

McDonald's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Coca-Cola CEOs to headline Women's Foodservice Forum

Women’s Foodservice Forum announced that Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent and McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson will be keynote speakers for the 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference.

Convention chair named for 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

John C. Metz will serve as convention chair for the 2015 NRA's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants at the NRA Show.

MMS Catering Institute adds senior faculty members

The MMS Catering Institute has announced the addition of three new institute senior faculty members. Roland Zagnoli, founder and CEO of Zagnoli Trading Company, Dan Hirt, CEO of Primary Color, and Betsy Craig, founder and CEO of MenuTrinfo, will receive...

Deadline set for 2014 sustainability grant applications

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability has announced its deadline for the 2014 sustainability grant and that Rob Geile, director of consultant services and education at Hobart, is joining the organization as a HCFS Fellow. Geile will assist in judging...

Ventura Foods, Culinary Institute of America expand partnership

Leaders from The Culinary Institute of America and Ventura Foods have announced an expansion of their partnership built upon mutual dedication to the science of food research and menu development for the foodservice industry. The decade-long relationship has focused on...

NRA to hold inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit

The National Restaurant Association will host its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit during NRA Show 2014 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The event will bring together restaurant financial executives and operators, Wall Street analysts, investment groups and lenders, and expert tax and...

NRAEF celebrates financial support from Sodexo

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced that it received a $100,000 contribution from Sodexo Inc. in support of the foundation's ProStart program.

Avtec product specialist elected FCSI Allied Representative to The America's Board of Trustees

Eric Von Kaenel has been elected as FCSI's Allied Representative to The America's Board of Trustees, as recently announced by FCSI Chair Jim Petersen. Von Kaenel will serve two years in his new position beginning in January. Von Kaenel is...

NRA Military Foundation names food service specialist of the year

Marine Corporal Daniel Russo will be recognized as the 2013 Food Service Specialist of the Year by the Major General Hill Awards Program taking place Thursday at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif. The award...

Affordable Health Benefits Coalition launches

The Affordable Health Benefits Coalition has been launched by a group of organizations, including the National Council of Chain Restaurants, with the common goal of advancing policy ideas that they feel will help people obtain more affordable health coverage. The...

NRA now accepting nominations for Operator Innovation Awards

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting nominations for the third annual Operator Innovations Awards, which celebrate restaurant operators who are transforming the industry. An independent panel of operators from both commercial and non-commercial backgrounds will select three finalists in...

National Restaurant Association reports continued restaurant job growth

New analysis by the National Restaurant Association shows that the restaurant industry continues to serve as a leading creator of jobs, outpacing overall U.S. employment growth.

National Restaurant Association unveils new branding initiative

In an effort to unify its enterprise, programs and products, the National Restaurant Association has launched a new branding initiative and logo. The NRA's new brand identity will be applied to all the organization’s programs, advocacy, services and products this year.

NRA's restaurant industry outlook remains positive

The outlook for the restaurant industry remained positive for the coming months, as the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) stood well above 100 in April. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

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