Restaurant industry adds nearly 19K jobs in July

The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy announced today that the restaurant industry added a net 18,600 jobs in July on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This marks the 53rd straight monthly increase and 25th consecutive month with gains of at...

FEATURES


Turning social media likes into restaurant traffic

Offer customers something, like a discount or a recipe, in return for their like.

Looking back at some equipment highlights from the NRA Show '14

Henny Penny showcases its chef's touch operating system, which features a barcode scanner that can pull up recipes.

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

Steady optimism rises from the NRA Show floor

Most exhibitors agreed this year’s traffic provided better quality leads.

Plenty of new product launches expected at the National Restaurant Association Show

Mobile and digital continue to be top trends, as does integrated technology solutions.

Obamacare delays lessen impact on restaurant operators

The NRA's EVP of Policy and Government Affairs provides an update, including an impending ruling on the FTE definition.

Are Utah's wood-fired pizza concepts endangered?

Officials claim wood-fired ovens contribute disproportionately to air pollution around the Salt Lake Valley.

Local, healthy top the NRA's 2014 menu forecast

Gluten-free, non-wheat themes jump on the prediction list for the New Year.

Last minute prep for the Oct. 1 Obamacare deadline

The Health Insurance Exchange opens soon with an employee notification requirement for all restaurant operators.

How the health care law will affect your restaurant

Scott DeFife, the executive vice president of Policy and Government Affairs with the National Restaurant Association, said there were 400 to 500 restaurant operators who stopped by the new Solutions Center Booth during the recent NRA Show to inquire about...

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NEWS


Restaurant traffic slips in June, same-store sales continue to rise

The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index reported a moderate decline in June, driven largely by softer traffic. The RPI was 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months.

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

California Milk Advisory Board named as Kids LiveWell sponsor

The National Restaurant Association announced that the California Milk Advisory Board has become the first commodity board sponsor of the association’s Kids LiveWell program. “The new partnership between Kids LiveWell and the California Milk Advisory Board offers valuable and exciting...

NRA publishes first-ever sustainability newsletter

The National Restaurant Association has issued "Bright Ideas," its first-ever sustainability newsletter. According to a news release, the newsletter includes tips and tools for restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices. The newsletter, produced by Conserve, also includes videos, best...

NRA appoints new VP of state association relations

The National Restaurant Association has named Brendan Flanagan as vice president of State Restaurant Association Relations. In his new role, Flanagan will lead and manage enterprise-wide relations with the State Restaurant Associations, according to a news release.

Restaurant industry health and outlook hits a two-year peak

Driven by stronger sales and traffic levels and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose to its highest level in more than two years.  The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

NRA asks Gulf Coast governors to support locally-sourced seafood

The National Restaurant Association has asked Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Rick Scott (Florida), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Phil Bryant (Mississsippi) and Rick Perry (Texas) to provide year-round access to Gulf of Mexico seafood. The NRA sent a letter to the governors...

National Restaurant Association updates TrendMapper website

The National Restaurant Association has launched a new and improved version of its Restaurant TrendMapper online subscription service, which includes the Restaurant Performance Index, sales, employment, capital expenditures and food and menu price inflation data. "Restaurant TrendMapper is a unique...

NRA updates its Conserve Sustainability website

The National Restaurant Association has relaunched its Conserve website to include videos, case studies, best practices and more. The site was designed to educate restaurateurs about becoming more sustainable, reducing energy and water consumption, decreasing food waste, recycling, composting and...

Outlook for restaurant job growth at a 2-year high

Restaurant operators’ outlook for staffing is at a two-year high, according to new information from National Restaurant Association Chief Economist Bruce Grindy. In a news release, Grindy said the industry continued to register robust job growth in May, while the...

Restaurant traffic continues on a positive trajectory

Driven by improving same-store sales and customer traffic and a positive outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index rose for the second consecutive month. The RPI stood at 101.7 in April, up 0.3 percent from March...

Continued growth leads NRA to add fourth hall to annual show next year

The 95th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the co-located 7th annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event held earlier this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place, posted positive growth in both attendee and exhibitor numbers for the third...

Restaurant industry expects to add 508K jobs this summer

According to new projections from the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry expects to add 508,000 jobs this summer. If these expectations are met, it will mark the second consecutive year in which restaurants add at least half a million...

NRA announces third annual Operator Innovation Award winners

The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of the third annual Operator Innovation Awards, selected by an independent panel of judges in the following categories: Health & Nutrition, Marketing, Menu Development, Sustainability, and Technology. In addition to winning the...

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