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May 18, 2015, 13:31 ET

National Restaurant Association Military Foundation Honors 2015 Winners for Excellence in Foodservice

The National Restaurant Association Military Foundation (NRAMF) recognized nearly one hundred service members during its 2015 Armed Forces...

May 18, 2015, 09:32 ET
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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Honors Educators Of Excellence

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored 38 educators with the 2015 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award, made...

May 13, 2015, 14:10 ET
Restaurants Sales Outpace Grocery Store Sales

Restaurant Sales Surpassed Grocery Store Sales for the First Time

 Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery stores sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association noted today. In...

May 04, 2015, 14:28 ET
Nearly Half of Americans to Celebrate Mother's Day with Restaurant Meals. The typical consumer who plans to dine out on May 10 will have dinner at a casual dining restaurant.

Nearly Half of Americans to Celebrate Mother's Day with Restaurant Meals

As the most popular holiday of the year to dine out, Mother's Day will entice nearly half of Americans to dine out or order restaurant takeout or...

Apr 30, 2015, 11:16 ET
Restaurant Performance Index March 2015

Restaurant Performance Index Remained Positive in March

 As a result of higher same-store sales and a continued optimistic outlook for future business conditions, the National Restaurant...

Apr 22, 2015, 09:30 ET
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High School Students Named Champions Of High Stakes National Culinary Arts And Restaurant Business Competition

Students enrolled in the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) ProStart program tested their mettle in a sophisticated,...

Apr 02, 2015, 09:04 ET
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Top-Ranking High School Students To Compete At Nation's Largest Culinary Arts And Restaurant Management Skills Competition

High school students who have won their state ProStart competitions are headed to Anaheim, California, for the 14th annual National ProStart...

Mar 31, 2015, 17:02 ET
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - stood at 102.6 in February, down slightly from a level of 102.7 in January. In addition, February marked the 24th consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

Restaurant Performance Index Remained Positive in February as Softer Sales and Customer Traffic Levels Were Offset by a More Optimistic Outlook

Despite dampened sales and customer traffic levels as a result of extreme weather in parts of the country, the National Restaurant Association's...

Mar 26, 2015, 16:06 ET
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See How America's Restaurants Serve Up Sustainability

 The National Restaurant Association (NRA) today released its second annual sustainability report, which examines environmentally...

Mar 26, 2015, 12:47 ET
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BURGER KING McLAMORE(SM) Foundation Helps ProStart Students Pursue Post-Secondary Education

The BURGER KING McLAMORESM Foundation has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to award $50,000 in...

Mar 25, 2015, 14:48 ET
As part of its ongoing celebration of Women's History Month, the National Restaurant Association has created a listicle on Medium of 10 stories about women who have made and continue to make America's vibrant restaurant industry a leader in our nation's economy.

10 Stories of Inspiring Women Who Have Shaped the Restaurant Industry

 From the early days of the American Revolution through the new millennium, women have played an integral role in shaping the dynamic face of...

Mar 18, 2015, 14:51 ET
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See How Dynamic Women are Leading the Restaurant Industry

In celebration of Women's History Month, the National Restaurant Association is recognizing the contributions of many dynamic women, who through...

Mar 17, 2015, 11:28 ET
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Carlton Curtis Honored By National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation As 2015 Ambassador Of Hospitality

 The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) today announced that Carlton Curtis, vice president of industry relations...

Mar 06, 2015, 15:55 ET
Despite the challenging winter weather conditions in parts of the country, restaurants continued to add jobs at a robust pace in February, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Eating and drinking places added a net 58,700 jobs in February on a seasonally-adjusted basis, their 60th consecutive monthly increase and strongest gain since December 2012.

Restaurants Expand Payrolls Despite Winter Storms

 The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest employment trends:  "Despite the challenging...

Mar 04, 2015, 15:09 ET
The National Restaurant Association reached a new milestone by issuing its 6 millionth ServSafe certification, underscoring its place as the number-one food safety training program in the United States and abroad.Friendly's manager Errin Davis, who started her career as a server in 1999, earned her certificate in Providence, Rhode Island. The National Restaurant Association and the RI Hospitality Association recognized Errin's achievement and the company's commitment to food safety at a recent ceremony at the restaurant.

National Restaurant Association ServSafe Program Reaches New Heights with 6 Million Certifications

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) reached a new milestone by issuing its 6 millionth ServSafe® certification, underscoring its place...

Feb 27, 2015, 11:28 ET
Buoyed by higher same-store sales and traffic and a positive outlook among operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained elevated in January. The RPI stood at 102.7 in January, which represented the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102.

Restaurant Performance Index Remained Elevated in January

Buoyed by higher same-store sales and traffic and a positive outlook among operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance...

Feb 23, 2015, 11:52 ET
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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Names 2015 Restaurant Neighbor, Faces of Diversity Award Winners

 The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today its 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity...

Feb 09, 2015, 09:17 ET
$709 Billion Restaurant Industry Offers Job Flexibility, Career Advancement and Opportunities for All Ages - from Millennials to Seniors

$709 Billion Restaurant Industry Offers Job Flexibility, Career Advancement and Opportunities for All Ages -- from Millennials to Seniors

According to the latest infographic released today by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the $709 billion...

Feb 06, 2015, 17:16 ET
Restaurant industry job growth outpaced the overall economy for the 15th consecutive year in 2014, adding jobs at a robust 3.5 percent rate.  Restaurants will continue to post solid payroll gains in 2015, and will add over 300,000 jobs for the fifth consecutive calendar year.

Restaurants Projected to Add Over 300,000 Jobs in 2015

 The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest employment trends:  "The restaurant...

Feb 05, 2015, 16:53 ET
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Technology, Lifestyle Food Choices Evolving Trends for Restaurant Industry in 2015

 According to the National Restaurant Association's 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, roughly one-quarter of consumers say technology...