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Immigration Reform on Track for 2013, NRA Says

The National Restaurant Association said it is encouraged that immigration reform is starting to gather momentum early in 2013.The Association also noted it is continuing to lobby for legislation that makes sense for restaurateurs and other small business owners.

NRA, NRAEF Elect New Officers, Board Members

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced they have elected officers to their Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively.

NRA: Restaurant Job Growth Hits 17-Year High in 2012

The restaurant industry added jobs at double the rate of the overall economy in 2012, and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) expects this trend to continue in 2013. Eating and drinking places added jobs at a robust 3.

RPI Declined in December as Sales and Traffic Levels Softened

Due in large part to softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) declined in December. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

NRA Announces Kellogg Company as New Kids LiveWell Partner

The National Restaurant Association announced January 29 that the Kellogg Company has become a new sponsor of the NRA’s award-winning Kids LiveWell program, a voluntary industry-wide initiative designed to help parents make the healthful choice the easy choice for their children when dining out.

FDA Proposes New Rules to Food-Safety Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed two additional rules to the Food Safety Modernization Act that it says would help prevent the spread of foodborne illness.The two new rules are part of an ongoing effort focusing on safety and prevention methods associated with domestically produced and imported foods.

NRA Reveals New Branding Initiative, Logo

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) today revealed its new branding architecture and visual identity, which will be applied to all the organization’s programs, advocacy, services and products this year.

Ethnic Flavors, Gluten Free, Food Trucks are Hot Trends

From never-before-seen flavor combinations to globally sourced ingredients to food trucks and more, the 93rd Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and 5th annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event showcased the hottest trends driving the restaurant and foodservice industry.

NRA Announces Kidzsmart Partnership to Promote Kids LiveWell

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote and enhance the Kids LiveWell program, the National Restaurant Association today announced a new partnership with Kidzsmart Concepts, a creative marketing and communications company dedicated to engaging children and families with multi-platform educational resources.

NRA Launches ServSafe 6th Edition Food Safety Program

The National Restaurant Association is rolling out the next generation of its ServSafe Food Safety manager program this month to meet the evolving needs of the restaurant and foodservice industry.Available now, the new ServSafeManager Book, 6th Edition (formerly ServSafe Essentials) training materials include optimized, recalibrated, and focused content created by the industry, for the industry.

Hundreds Will Gather for NRA's Public Affairs Conference, April 17-18

More than 500 restaurateurs from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., from April 17-18 for the National Restaurant Association’s 26th annual Public Affairs Conference, which will feature House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressmen Cedric Richmond and Bobby Schilling, and political journalist Ron Brownstein.

NRAEF Seeks Nominations for 2012 Awards

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ( is encouraging restaurant industry professionals to help identify and nominate outstanding candidates for its 2012 awards: the College of Diplomats, the Michael E.