Posts Tagged ‘National Restaurant Association’

Restaurant association forecasts sales uptick

April 16, 2009

“The NRA forecast predicts a national growth in sales of 2.5 percent over 2008, the numbers translate to an inflation-adjusted decline of 1 percent. However, NRA points out the restaurant industry remains a cornerstone of the economy, representing 4 percent of the gross domestic product and employing 9 percent of the workforce.”


National Restaurant Assoc. creates “Healthy Dining Finder.”

January 20, 2009

I think an online tool that assists us in making good restaurant choices is a positive development.  I tried out the search for restaurants in my area and the first one listed was Burger King.  To be fair, it gave me “healthy” options and listed out calories and other nutritional value but as I looked down the list of mostly chain restaurants, I realized this was more of a tool for the restaurant industry than for the consumer looking for restaurants big AND small near the house to take the family. 

Speaking of the restaurant industry, check-out my report card  on the National Restaurant Association which is a guide to how to utilize the website for competitive intelligence.

Healthy Dining Finder

Trade Association Thursday

November 12, 2008

Ill have the mac n cheese, please

"I'll have the mac 'n cheese, please"




REPORT CARD: National Restaurant Association


Overview: They comprise 945,000 restaurants and foodservice outlets employing more than 13 million people.

1.  Allow associate memberships? Yes and can use their logo, attend their annual show, get free newsletter but no mention of accessing their directory. But not cheap and membership is based on your revenue.  Lowest level membership is more than $500 annually. “B-“

 2.  Make membership directory public?  Doesn’t appear that they have a directory.  “F”

 3.  Active national conference?  Yes, has an annual conference that non-members can attend. Also has a very thorough list of exhibitors at their annual conference arranged by categories.  Great industry intel; can see the breakdown of products associated with the restaurant industry as well as the providers and all for free.  “A”

 4.  Subchapters or regional associations?  Yes. Treats state associations as partners who have their own websites and further breakdown of chapters. “B”

 5.  Industry reports, information, news?   Yes, most of it is for purchase but can sign up for free industry newsletter as well as get basic industry facts for free. 


 6.  Glossary of industry terms?  No “F”

 7.   What sense does it give you of the industry and people in it?  Very good.  They have a thorough public policy and legislative section that outlines lots of issues the restaurant industry faces and their position on those issue. This give you an excellent set of “listening points” were you to engage people in the restaurant industry. “A”

 Overall:  This is an information rich site with lots of great resources, many of them available for free.  In short order (no pun intended) you could get very acquainted with this industry and how to do business with it from reviewing this association site. “A-“