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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...

Jan 30, 2015, 12:12 ET
Driven by positive sales and traffic and an uptick in capital expenditures, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) finished 2014 with a solid gain. The RPI stood at 102.9 in December, up 0.8 percent from its November level of 102.1.

Restaurant Performance Index Finished the Year on a Positive Note

 Driven by positive sales and traffic and an uptick in capital expenditures, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance...

Jan 28, 2015, 12:37 ET
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Restaurant Industry Enters 6th Consecutive Year of Growth, Will Remain a Leader in Job Creation

 America's one million restaurants will continue to be a leading job creator in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2015...

Jan 28, 2015, 12:26 ET
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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation And PepsiCo Foodservice's "Project Taste Test" Showcases Diverse Careers In Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) released its third Project Taste Test – Servin' Up Successful Careers...

Jan 22, 2015, 10:02 ET
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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. And Sodexo, Inc. Invest In The Future Of The Restaurant Workforce Through The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today gifts totaling more than $500,000 from Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc....

Jan 15, 2015, 10:59 ET
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Develops First-Ever Food and Beverage Service Competency Model

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Develops First-Ever Food And Beverage Service Competency Model

 The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today the debut of the Food and Beverage Service Competency...

Jan 05, 2015, 14:45 ET
A Career in Restaurants - and Proud of It

The Restaurant Industry's Flexible Schedules and Diverse Career Paths Offer Opportunities for Everyone

 According to a new infographic released today by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the common denominator...

Dec 31, 2014, 12:32 ET
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Restaurant Performance Index Remains in Positive Territory

 Buoyed by positive sales and traffic and an optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant...