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NRA accepting nominations for operator innovations awards

The National Restaurant Association is accepting nominations for its third annual Operator Innovations Awards, which celebrate restaurant operators who are transforming the industry with creativity, commitment to innovation, and excellence in execution.

Nominations can be made at Restaurant.org/Show/OIAwards and will be accepted through January 17, 2014.

Three finalists will be selected by an independent panel of operators in five categories: health and nutrition, marketing, menu development, sustainability and technology. A single winner will be selected in each category. The panel also will select one operator as Innovator of the Year, who will be announced at the NRA Show 2014 during the Destination: Celebration event on May 17.

“As operators ourselves, we have first-hand knowledge how innovation drives the success of a foodservice establishment – and the entire industry,” said Scott Barton, president, fine dining division of Lettuce Entertain You, and an OI Award judge. “Recognizing fellow operators that demonstrate ingenuity in core business areas both celebrates them and their achievement, and brings their stories to the attention of the entire industry in a way that we all can benefit from.”

Commercial and non-commercial operators may self-nominate. The NRA encourages individuals throughout the industry—manufacturers, dealers, distributors, media, and other professionals—to submit nominations.

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