Food Service

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world—supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with their state restaurant associations (SRA), they have more than 750 staffers working to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible. They represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests with state, local and national policymakers—taking on financial and regulatory obstacles before they hit their members’ bottom line. They provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes get significantly better operating results. And they offer the kinds of networking, education and research resources that are only possible because of their vast, and active, membership base.

They save their members time, money and headaches by helping them take on what matters most for their success and growth—whether that’s protecting their economic interests, sharing best practices, or getting them in front of emerging trends. The National Restaurant Association strives to move the industry forward by finding answers to the tough questions, distilling complex information into practical knowledge and helping their members navigate the issues that can leave them in the weeds. And that makes them the go-to resource for smart, relevant intelligence that helps their members run their businesses better.

At the NRA, they believe that there is strength in numbers. They believe that when everyone comes together as an industry, the collective voice is stronger and the impact is greater than when any one operator stands alone. And that means the shared spirit of hospitality, passion for serving others and belief in the American entrepreneurial dream will be safeguarded and advanced.

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is among the most influential trade associations in Florida. The association was established in 1946 to represent the restaurant industry. Since that time, the scope of FRLA’s representation has expanded to include the entire hospitality industry including lodging establishments, restaurants and thousands of suppliers to the industry. The association counts among its members some of the largest businesses in each of these categories.

The mission of FRLA is to Protect, Educate, and Promote the hospitality industry. The power and influence of FRLA is indisputable with a legislative track record to back it up. Led by CEO Carol Dover and an active Board of Directors, FRLA has been effective in influencing legislation that has saved the industry $1.2 billion in taxes and fees over the past 10 years.

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