National Restaurant Association

NRA Launches Sustainability Newsletter

The National Restaurant Association has issued “Bright Ideas,” its first-ever sustainability newsletter, which offers tips and tools to restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices.

The newsletter, produced by Conserve, the NRA’s sustainability initiative, features a variety of videos, best practices, case studies, and personal accounts of chain and independent operators who have achieved success by practicing sustainability at their businesses.

NRA Names New VP of State Restaurant Relations

The National Restaurant Association has named Brendan Flanagan Vice President of State Restaurant Association Relations. In his new role, Flanagan will lead and manage enterprise-wide relations with the State Restaurant Associations (SRAs). He previously oversaw the Association’s state and local legislative affairs.   

RPI Rises to Highest Level in Two Years

Driven by stronger sales and traffic levels and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) 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.

New York Upholds Decision to Overturn Beverage Ban

New York’s highest court has upheld a lower court’s decision to overturn the 2012 ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces.

The National Restaurant Association joined the American Beverage Association and others in filing a lawsuit challenging the ban, saying the Board of Health acted unlawfully outside of its scope of powers and subjected restaurateurs to a standard that many of its competitors, including groceries and c-stores, didn’t have to meet.

NRA Seeks to Maintain Access to Gulf Fish

The National Restaurant Association has asked the governors in five Gulf States to support their local restaurants in a quest to maintain uncompromised, year-round access to seafood fished in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

In a letter sent today to Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Scott of Florida, Robert Bentley of Alabama, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, and Rick Perry of Texas, the NRA asked the Governors to “stand with us and support the commercial fishing sector that supplies restaurants in your state[s] and throughout the country.”

NRA Releases New Version of TrendMapper

The National Restaurant Association has launched a new version of its Restaurant TrendMapper online subscription service.  The service helps restaurateurs, analysts, and allied industry professionals keep up-to-date with the latest economic indicators and trends that affect their business environment. These trends include the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI), sales, employment, capital expenditures, and wholesale food and menu price inflation.

Proposed Act Allows Permanent Food-Donating Incentives

After the House Committee on Ways and Means’ late-May approval of “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014,” many restaurants are awaiting passage in Congress to make tax deductions on charitable food donations permanent.

For nearly 30 years since its inception in 1976, the provision’s tax deductions on charitable food donations were limited to C corporations. And since 2005, it has been temporarily expanded to other entities.