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The National Restaurant Association is a restaurant industry business association in the United Statesmarker with 60,000 member companies, representing a total of more than 300,000 restaurants. It also operates the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The association was founded in 1919.

Recent association presidents included Edward R. Tinsley of New Mexicomarker, the franchisor of K-Bob's Steakhouse restaurant chain, who served from 2006-2007.


The association develops food safety training and certification program for restaurant employees. It also offers scholarships to foodservice and hospitality management and culinary students, and runs a national program for high school students.

It runs an annual restaurant and hospitality industry trade show in the U.S. in Chicago and conducts research about the restaurant industry in the U.S.

The association lobbies for the industry. It was the largest food and beverage political action committee contributor to both the U.S. Democratic and Republican Parties in the 2004 election cycle.


  1. About the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association. Retrieved October 22 2007.
  2. What we do National Restaurant Association website. Retrieved August 22 2008.

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