• 2022 DEI Survey Report and ELEVATE: DEI Framework for the Restaurant Industry

    Landmark research measuring the awareness and perceived effectiveness of DEI practices among employers and employees in the industry pairs with ELEVATE, our proven guide to creating successful DEI programs in your business. 

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  • What’s Hot 2023 Culinary Forecast

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  • Always Ready: Natural Disasters

    The restaurant operator’s guide to preparing for, weathering and recovering from natural disasters. Recommendations for everything from insurance to emergency response to recovery next steps.

  • Welcome to Kids LiveWell™

    The Association’s newly launched program makes it easy for restaurant operators to offer parents better-for-you meals for kids when dining out. 

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By the numbers: Industry performance 2021

Our Research & Knowledge Group is a leading authority on restaurant industry facts, stats and forecasts. 

$799 billion

Restaurant industry sales in 2021, down $65 billion from 2019’s pre-pandemic levels

14.5 million

Restaurant industry employees at the end of 2021, down 1 million from pre-pandemic levels

9 in 10 restaurants

have fewer than 50 employees

8 in 10 restaurant owners

started their industry careers in entry-level positions