Restaurant traffic, sales post solid gains in August

Driven by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted a solid gain in August. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S.

Restaurant Association, UnitedHealthcare partner up for member discounts

The National Restaurant Association has announced exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates for fully insured business groups with 51 or more eligible employees. According to a news release, through NRA's Health Care HQ, members can access potential...

New England Food Show's partnership with the NRA to begin in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association's newly announced partnership with the National Restaurant Association for the New England Food Show will begin. The NEFS is the largest tradeshow of its kind in the Northeast, according to a news release.

Kitchen Innovation nominations now being accepted

The National Restaurant Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 Kitchen Innovations Awards – the program's 11th year. According to a news release, the KI Awards recognize foodservice equipment and technology advancements. Winners are demonstrated at the annual NRA Show in May in Chicago in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion.

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

NRA's Educational Foundation seeks neighbor, diversity nominations

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today it has begun accepting nominations for its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity American Dream awards. Applications and nomination forms are available online at NRAEF.org/Awards until Nov.

Hospitality sector lists 500K-plus job openings for seventh consecutive month

Job openings in the hospitality sector topped 500,000 (583,000 job openings) for the seventh consecutive month in July, the first such occurrence since before the Great Recession. July also marked an increase of more than 100,000 job openings over what...

Restaurant Association's ProStart program expands to 49th state

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced today that Kentucky is the 49th state to join its ProStart Program.

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...

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...

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