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Fortune magazine list proves restaurant business is 'industry of opportunity'

The National Restaurant Association applauds the inclusion of four Association members on Fortune Magazine’s list of  “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Fortune cited Marriott International, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Darden Restaurants, and Starbucks Coffee Co. as among the “100 Best Companies” after conducting a broad, random survey of employees. The survey sought employees’ attitudes about their company’s management, their job satisfaction and camaraderie. The magazine surveyed employees who worked at companies at least seven years old with at least 1,000 U.S. employees.

The NRA members’ representation on the list proves the restaurant and food service industry is the “industry of opportunity” for business, jobs, and careers, NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney said.

Fortune's acknowledgments of the restaurant and food service industry as “best companies to work for” gives further validation that foodservice careers can be satisfying, creative and forward-focused.

Companies such as Marriott, Kimpton, Darden, and Starbucks that create sound, profitable, employee-supportive workplaces are good for the entire industry, Sweeney said.
Sweeney linked Fortune’s acknowledgement to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart program. “The more young people realize the possibilities of restaurant employment,” Sweeney said, “the more they’ll look for ways to enter the industry and join ProStart, complete their certification, and move on to careers in restaurants and food services.”

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart is two-year, career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. ProStart students experience classroom study, mentored work experiences and local and national competitions. Today, about 90,000 students participate.

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