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April 3, 2020

Restaurant job losses in March were the largest in history – for now

The March employment report was the not-so-calm before the storm.

March 25, 2020

New research details early impact of coronavirus pandemic on restaurant industry

Survey of more than 5,000 operators offers details on how outbreak is hurting sales, operations.

March 16, 2020

Gen Z influences can shape your restaurant menus and marketing strategies

Do you want to know the future? Look at your up-and-coming customers, not just college kids on the cusp of employment or full-fledged consumer status. Go down the line a bit, to elementary- and middle-schoolers.

March 13, 2020

Boomers are more than OK. They’re the fastest-growing age group of restaurant employees

Is your operation set up to take advantage of the new employee pool coming down the pike?

March 6, 2020

Restaurants provide first jobs and a career path

Nearly half of restaurant job openings in 2019 were filled by either first-time workers or promotions.  

March 6, 2020

Middle-class jobs are growing rapidly in restaurants

The restaurant industry is adding middle-class jobs at a faster pace than the overall economy.

February 19, 2020

Tap into the 4 hottest restaurant trends

Customers are clear about what they’re looking for. Are you delivering?

February 12, 2020

Campus dining trends: Today's students, tomorrow's customers

University and high-school foodservice directors weigh in on what today’s young people are expecting from their schools’ dining programs.

February 12, 2020

Growth in the national economy will remain moderate in 2020

The longest economic expansion on record will continue in 2020, albeit at a somewhat slower pace, according to Association projections.

February 6, 2020

Plant-based at the center of the plate

D.C.’s Good Food Institute has tips for marketing these increasingly in-demand protein options.