NRA partners with Craft Beer Expo for upcoming shows

National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the Craft Beverage Expo announced a partnership uniting Influencers from both organizations.

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.

Popeyes CEO added to Franchise Association board of directors

The International Franchise Association has added four new members to its board of directors, including Popeyes' CEO Cheryl A. Bachelder.

Women's Foodservice Forum opens event enrollment

The Executive Leadership Program, run by the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) in partnership with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, has opened enrollment for the November event. The program includes four sessions to be completed over 24 months. The recommended first session is at the Kellogg Campus in Chicago, Nov.

Boddie-Noell CEO to speak at foodservice security convention

The National Food Service Security Council (NFSSC) announced that Bill Boddie, president and CEO, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, will serve as a keynote at its 33rd Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, in Baltimore. NFSSC is a trade association for loss prevention, risk management...

Questar VP to speak at Fast Casual Exec Summit

Attendees of the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit in Chicago will learn the importance of linking guest feedback scores to financial success and integrating feedback systems during a panel called "De-coding Multichannel Messages - Practical Uses for your Guest Feedback."...

Duke Marketing to host Local Store Marketing University

Duke Marketing LLC, has announced the launch of its Local Store Marketing University (LSM-U), an educational program devised to enhance restaurant marketer’s ability to understand, create and implement local-store marketing strategies to increase sales and awareness. LSM-U will debut Aug....

Fast Casual Industry Council names new board members

The Fast Casual Industry Council has voted in four new members – who each will serve two-year terms on the council’s steering committee. The new members are Geoff Hill, vice president of Roark Capital Group, Jim Vinz, president of Corner Bakery Café, Wow Bao managing partner Geoff Alexander and Ian Vaughn, chief operating officer of Raising Cane’s.

NRA elects board members

The National Restaurant Association has announced the election of three new members to serve on its Board of Directors. The newly elected Board directors are: Maribeth Bisienere, who is vice president of food & beverage and merchandise at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

NRA names inaugural product innovation award recipients

The National Restaurant Association recently announced the recipients of its first Food & Beverage Product Innovations Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage products that will make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. Award recipients were selected for their...

Restaurant operators to get social at NRA Show 2011

With eight out of 10 restaurant operators saying social media will be an increasingly important marketing tool, the National Restaurant Association will feature leading social media experts at its Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in May. Event attendees will interact with companies...

Colin Powell to keynote 2011 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

General Colin L. Powell will share insights into global events, and the impact those changes and issues will have in the United States and abroad, at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show next month.

Council of Chain Restaurants names new director

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR), a division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), has appointed Rob Green as its new executive director. A Capitol Hill veteran and long-time advocate for the restaurant industry, Green succeeds Jack Whipple, who...

NRA Show 2010: Food Truck Spot to debut

Giving a huge nod to the mobile food truck trend that has diners taking to the streets, the National Restaurant Association is debuting its Food Truck Spot at this year's National Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 22-25 in Chicago. The Food...

NRA Show 2010: Food Truck Spot to debut

Giving a huge nod to the mobile food truck trend that has diners taking to the streets, the National Restaurant Association is debuting its Food Truck Spot at this year's National Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 22-25 in Chicago. The Food...

Reports detail call to restaurants to double fresh produce use

Two newly published reports have documented the discussions of a supply chain-wide executive think tank's recent call to double the use of fresh produce in foodservice by 2020, and the operator research that spurred them to set the goal. The...

NRA chairman to give Fast Casual Summit lunch address

Michael Kaufman, chairman of the National Restaurant Association and co-president and owner of Enovo Restaurant Ventures LLC, has signed on to give the lunch address on day two of the Fast Casual Executive Summit.   The Summit will be held Sept.

National Restaurant Association elects new board chairman

Michael C. Gibbons, president of Mainstreet Ventures Inc.

NRA names educational foundation director

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has named Barbara Sido as its executive director, the organization has announced.

NRA projects increase in summer 2009 employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has released its employment projections for the summer of 2009.

NRA 2009: Products highlight coffee innovations

More than 54,000 attendees descended upon Chicago 's McCormick Place May 16-19 for the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. Exhibitors included a variety of coffee- and beverage-solutions providers such as Pepsi Co., The Republic of Tea and FETCO,...

NRA 2009: Five hot new products on the show floor

The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show kicked off today at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show runs May 16-19 and features new and existing products that include everything from technology and equipmment to food and beverage solutions.

Executives to discuss word-of-mouth, social media marketing at NRA Show

CHICAGO — The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will gather executives from top restaurant companies for a panel discussion on how chains and multi-concept operators are increasing revenue and guest loyalty through new media marketing. The discussion will...

NRA panel to discuss fast casual growth strategies

Fast casual operators will come together during the 2009 NRA Show to share their insights about the segment and its five-star value proposition.

NRA events include menu beverage pairings, Salute to Excellence gala

The National Restaurant Association will feature a new event during its International Wine, Spirits & Beer show (IWSB). The Menu Pairings Event will be held May 17-18 in conjunction with the 2009 NRA Show at Chicago's McCormick Place.

NRA Show to highlight sustainability practices, trends

CHICAGO — The 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, being held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will provide attendees with the concrete tools needed to increase their sustainability efforts. "We recognize the numerous opportunities in this area, and are presenting them to attendees at this year's NRA Show.

New Summit to focus on modern pizza business

As more fast casual operators open pizzeria concepts, those executives may find it useful to attend the first Pizza Executive Summit, slated to be held June 8-9 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The Summit is designed to bring together...

Sneak peek: NRA 2009

Organizers stress event's importance in dismal economy.

NRA: The future is now

NRA: The future is now

* Dawn Sweeney is president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.     This is the toughest economic environment for restaurant operators in decades — four decades, to be exact.

NRA announces 2009 Kitchen Innovations Award recipients

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association has announced the recipients of its prestigious Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards for 2009. All the KI products will be showcased in an interactive demonstration area at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show...

NRA: Restaurant industry outlook continues to soften

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry continued to weaken in December, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity fell to another record low.

National Restaurant Association names EVP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Elizabeth Johnson has joined the National Restaurant Association as executive vice president for public affairs, the organization has announced.

Uncertain economy dampens industry outlook

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Restaurant industry performance remained soft in August, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity stood below 100 for the 10th consecutive month. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) – a monthly composite index that...

Fast Casual launches state of the industry report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fast Casual magazine and FastCasual.com have released the "2009 Fast Casual State of the Industry Report." The 73-page comprehensive study provides results of an in-depth survey of 150 fast casual executives about industry trends, tools and techniques....

NRA lauds Senate approval of restaurant depreciation provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has hailed the U.S.

NRA, Gerson Lehrman Group partner for food safety conference

NEW YORK — Gerson Lehrman Group and the National Restaurant Association have announced a new alliance designed to strengthen the access to food safety and supply information for restaurants and food suppliers at the NRA's Food Safety in the 21st Century Marketplace: Best Practices Throughout the Supply Chain. The conference will be held Oct.

Mid-Atlantic to showcase new products, services

BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, slated to take place Sept. 17-18, 2008, at the Baltimore Convention Center, will offer a variety of new products and services exclusive to the hospitality industry. The 2008 show floor will...

Mid-Atlantic Expo partners with NRA: Conserve

BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, along with its co-producers, the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM), has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in their efforts to support restaurant and foodservice locations as they become...

Restaurant industry performance still soft in July

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has announced that restaurant industry performance remained sluggish in July, as the association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity stood below 100 for the ninth consecutive month.

Mid-Atlantic Expo to feature free educational seminars

BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, to be held Sept. 17-18 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will offer attendees the know how they need to keep their businesses efficient and profitable through twelve free educational seminars.

NRA show attendee wins Caribbean cruise

BOISE, Idaho — ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston announced that Tom Fremarek, of Cheeseburger in Paradise, is the winner of its "Get Tantalized" promotion, held at Lamb Weston's booth at the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago in May....

Restaurant index rises as same-store sales improve

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Restaurant industry performance improved in May as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity rose for the second consecutive month.   The Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

National Restaurant Association launches Restaurant Action Network

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has launched the Restaurant Action Network, a grassroots program that will focus, coordinate and expand the advocacy efforts of the restaurant community in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals nationwide.   To view the Web site, go to http://www.restaurantactionnetwork.com/.

Fast-casual chains continue to outperform, report says

CHICAGO — According to Chicago-based foodservice consultant Technomic Information Services, the Top 100 fast-casual chains continued to be the growth vehicle for the limited-service restaurant industry in 2007, and outperformed the restaurant industry as a whole. According to the 2008...

Asterop data identifies U.S. expansion opportunities

SAN FRANCISCO — Asterop Inc., provider of business intelligence and predictive analytics, has announced the release of its newest business intelligence dataset, including an analysis of consumer spending trends.   Asterop's new data shows how consumer-facing U.S.

NRA joins campaign to revisit food-to-fuel mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association continued to express concern over increasing wholesale food and commodity prices and the resulting dire impact on the restaurant industry.

NRA Show: Pasteurized egg sales up 43%

CHICAGO – National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE) announced at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show yesterday that sales of their pasteurized shell eggs increased 43 percent last quarter over the same period in 2007. NPE cites safety concerns and higher...

Restaurant Performance Index continues to fall

WASHINGTON D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry continued to weaken in March, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity fell sharply.

SCAA to host Specialty Coffee World

MINNEAPOLIS — The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) will hold its 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Minneapolis Convention Center, May 2-5, in Minneapolis. The conference and exhibition is an annual worldwide gathering of coffee professionals, coffee companies and coffee connoisseurs.

Fast Casual Summit registration opens

Designed to foster relationships among fast casual executives and to encourage an atmosphere of innovative idea generation, the Fast Casual Executive Summit is set for Sept. 15 and 16 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Denver.

Restaurant index registers gain in January

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Restaurant industry performance edged up slightly in January as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity registered a modest gain. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of...

Restaurant Performance Index sees Aug. increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry remained positive in August, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity registered a modest gain.

Research & Markets intros 'fast casual in the U.S.' report

DUBLIN, Ireland — Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Dining Out Review: Fast Casual Restaurants in the United States" to its offering.   The report provides statistics and insights about the fast-casual category.

NRA announces beverage event at 2008 Hotel-Motel Show

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association has announced it will launch the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) at the 2008 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. This industry-first event will augment the annual NRA Show with focused vintner, distiller and brewer...

NRA responds to restaurant depreciation legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has praised the introduction of a House bill aiming to address the tax code's unfairness toward restaurants, the association announced.

Native brews offered at Mid-Atlantic Expo

Four years ago, an idea was fermenting for the selection of brews offered at the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo. Instead of a traditional beer garden with the usual suspects of domestic beers, why not host a microbrew garden...

Mid-Atlantic expo to offer expert advice

The voice of experience will speak loudly at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo. At the two-day show, Sept.

Restaurant Performance Index dropped in July

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry softened somewhat in July, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity registered a moderate decline.    The Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Bruegger's receives 2007 NRAEF Spirit award

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), along with Nation's Restaurant News (NRN), have announced the winners of the 2007 Spirit Awards. The awards program honors restaurant and foodservice companies that have practices and policies in place to...

Mid-Atlantic, IFA partner for franchise seminar

BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo has announced a partnership agreement with the International Franchise Association to bring together the following groups during the Sept. 19-20, 2007, expo at the Baltimore Convention Center: FranPoint Partners LLC California...

Mid-Atlantic Expo to offer attendee events, programs

Exhibitors are the show at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo, but several side acts will compete for the attention of between 8,000 and 10,000 attendees.   Eight seminars are planned for the two-day expo, to be held in Baltimore from 11 a.m.

NRA seeks Kitchen Innovations nominations

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2008 Kitchen Innovations Awards.   The Kitchen Innovations program recognizes inventive and cutting-edge equipment in the worldwide foodservice market.

A capstone of collaboration

The 2007 Fast Casual Executive Summit aims for atmosphere of sharing.

Celebrity chef to work with CRAEF students at Midwestern Expo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) has announced that celebrity chef Tommy Tang will work with the 2007 Boyds Coffee Culinary Cup winners at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo Student Showcase.

NRA announces public affairs conference speakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has announced two of the highlighted speakers for the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference,  Sept.

Restaurant performance outlook rises in June

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index, a comprehensive index of restaurant activity, posted a moderate gain in June. The RPI stood at 101.4 in June, up 0.5 percent from May and its first gain in three months.

Restaurant Performance Index holds steady

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry remained positive in May, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity held steady.

NRA reacts to failed immigration bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association today expressed extreme disappointment in the Senate's failure to continue consideration of immigration reform legislation. "The Senate solved nothing today," said John Gay, association senior vice president of Government Affairs and Public Policy....

NRA sends message to move immigration debate forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association June 25 sent a letter to senators expressing the importance of quickly moving forward with the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. NRA acting interim president and chief executive officer Peter Kilgore said failure...

NRA foundation names new officers

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) June 14 announced that three new officers have been elected by the NRAEF's Board of Trustees for the 2007-2008 term. Ruben Villavicencio became the board's new chairman, Linda Bacin assumed the...

NRA show tops 74,000 attendees

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association's 2007 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show completed a record-breaking, four-day run at McCormick Place in Chicago May 22. The event drew nearly 74,000 attendees from all 50 states and 110 countries looking for products and services...

Restaurant Performance Index declines in April

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry softened in April, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity registered a moderate decline. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

NRA show kicks off in Chicago

After a slow attendee start at this year's National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, things were in full swing Saturday afternoon as show goers ate and drank their way through six miles of aisles. Innovations in technology appeared to be...

NRA show educational sessions to focus on health, safety

The National Restaurant Association said its 2007 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show has a record-breaking 2,140 exhibiting companies that will be represented on the exhibit floor. The Show, to be held May 19-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago, is expected to...

Restaurant Performance Index reaches 12-month high

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry was decidedly more optimistic in March, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity posted a solid increase.

NRA Show blows into Windy City

Hotel-Motel Show offers trends, insights and more.

Fast Casual launches reader survey

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fast Casual.com has launched a reader survey designed to pinpoint hot topics and products as they relate to fast-casual trends and operations.

Franchisee associations follow Quizno's to court

Businessweek: The number of independent franchise associations has grown in recent years as franchisees seek ways to gain leverage in dealing with their corporate parent. Although IFAs have rarely won in court, their actions have helped shine a light on the problems their members face.

Starbucks makes Fortune "Best Companies" list

Minnesota Daily: Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. ranked No.

NRA opposes Super Bowl ad

WASHINGTON — The National Restaurant Association's Steve Anderson has sent a letter to Nationwide Financial Services Inc. chief executive officer Jerry Jurgensen in regard to a Super Bowl advertisement. Anderson asserts the ad, featuring musician Kevin Federline going from being...

National Restaurant Association board elects new officers, directors

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association Board of Directors elected Edward R. Tinsley III, FMP, chairman of the board. Tinsley is the president and chief executive of Tinsley Hospitality Group LLC, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based restaurant intellectual property company and...

TV bird flu movie misleading, says Ag commissioner

The Weekly: After ABC aired its movie, "Fatal Contact," about the avian bird flu, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said the fictional TV show may confuse people when they hear the words "avian influenza" or "bird flu." "The movie did...

La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill partners with nonprofit group

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill is celebrating Cinco de Mayo "grande-style" by teaming with Dream Foundation.

Restaurant industry continues growth

WASHINGTON D.C. — The outlook for the restaurant industry remained solid in February, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity was unchanged from its January level.

Senate approves health insurance plan for small businesses

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved legislation that would make health insurance more affordable and accessible for America's small businesses, including the 12.5 million employees of the restaurant industry.   On March 15 the HELP Committee passed S.

New food legislation to assist manufacturers

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would limit the ability of states to demand additional food warnings easily cleared the House Wednesday, marking a preliminary victory for food-makers and grocers.   The House voted 283-139 in favor of the Republican-backed National Uniformity for Food Act.

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