NRN Partners

Nation’s Restaurant News is proud to work with the following organizations to provide industry data, trend analysis and educational tools to our readers. Using the exclusive partners listed here, NRN is able to tap into some of the best resources in the restaurant industry to enhance our content offerings with information that can drive your businesses forward.

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Exclusive Content Partners

Berman & Co.

Berman and Company is a research, communications, advertising and government affairs firm. Rick Berman, president, has founded several leading nonprofit organizations known for their research and aggressive communications campaigns, and contributes monthly to Nation’s Restaurant News on legislative and industry trends.

Coffer Group

Based in the UK, The Coffer Group is an adviser to the leisure property industry, covering individual sites to multimillion portfolios, acquisitions, sales and lettings, valuations, rent reviews, lease renewals, business rating, investments, and other asset management services. Chairman David Coffer contributes international trend reports for Nation’s Restaurant News.

Healthy Dining

Healthy Dining has been at the forefront of restaurant nutrition analysis and services since 1990. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, Healthy Dining leads a nutrition initiative featuring more than 60,000 participating locations on its Healthy Dining’s, also provides restaurateurs with strategies for addressing nutrition issues. Healthy Dining founder and president Anita Jones-Mueller, M.P.H., contributes to

The Kruse Company

The Kruse Company, founded by well-known foodservice analyst Nancy Kruse, is dedicated to assessing trends and directions in food, menu and restaurant concepts. Kruse contributes exclusively to Nation’s Restaurant News, including her much-sought-after State of the Plate analysis.

Ries & Ries

Ries & Ries is a marketing consulting firm in Atlanta that was founded in 1994 by Al Ries and his daughter and business partner, Laura Ries. Well-versed in marketing and consumer trends, Laura Ries contributes columns covering the restaurant industry marketplace to Nation’s Restaurant News.


Founded by restaurant industry training and people management expert Jim Sullivan, designs leadership, service and sales-building products, programs and services for the top 200 restaurant and retail brands worldwide. Clients include McDonald’s, American Express and Walt Disney Company. Sullivan’s training videos appear exclusively on

Industry Data Sources

Black Box Intelligence

Black Box Intelligence is a financial performance benchmarking company for the restaurant industry and provides metrics covering sales, traffic, expense, revenue and consumer data. Black Box Intelligence is owned by Thomas Doolin & Associates along with sister company People Report. Black Box’s new, monthly Industry Snapshot can be found exclusively on

Market Vision

For more than 15 years, Market Vision, Inc. has helped restaurant operators absorb and interpret commodity market data, keeping chains proactive in their buying and contracting. The company looks at macroeconomic trends, links their relationship to commodity markets and identifies the wildcards that could disrupt a supply chain. President John Barone is a columnist and blogger for Nation’s Restaurant News.


MillerPulse has been providing detailed performance data to the restaurant industry and all its sub-segments (fast food, fast casual, casual dining, and fine dining establishments) for nearly five years. The real-time performance data and the industry analysis provided in the MillerPulse monthly reports can help restaurant operators better understand current and future business trends, gauge operator sentiment, and benchmark their performance; thus improving the decision making process. The monthly MillerPulse reports can be found exclusively on

NPD Group

The NPD Group provides consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries and offers insights into foodservice industry trends to guide sales and marketing decisions for restaurants. The company's market research looks at restaurant concepts, menu activity and the foodservice consumer. The firm shares exclusive consumer trends data for the pages of Nation’s Restaurant News.

People Report

People Report tracks one million restaurant employees on workforce analytics and provides data-driven interactive dashboards to help companies with their most critical workforce issues. People Report is owned by Thomas Doolin & Associates along with sister company to Black Box Intelligence. People Report’s quarterly Workforce Index appears in Nation’s Restaurant News.

Industry Social Media Analytics & Education

BTC Revolutions

BTC (Be the Change) Revolutions is a digital consulting agency tackling the building and managing of community fan bases, as well as the implementation of mobile and social strategies for restaurant and other brands. CEO and founder Amanda Hite has developed an exclusive social media training course for Nation’s Restaurant News.


DigitalCoCo gathers and analyzes social media data from more than 30 million U.S. restaurant consumers to provide competitive information on more than 1,000 U.S. consumer and restaurant brands. The company uses the data and insights to provide social media management and digital brand analysis for restaurants, build targeted social audiences, and more. The firm’s Restaurant Social Media Index Top 100 report is an exclusive quarterly report for Nation’s Restaurant News.

Tracking Social

Tracking Social is a social-media software, analytics and consulting firm that helps optimize brand outreach by identifying customer engagement and preferences, and building competitive brand analysis and growth strategies. Tracking Social has built the exclusive The NRN Social 200 to track the social media footprint of the largest restaurant brands on

Foodservice Associations

Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

The MFHA is a multicultural training and advocacy organization for the food and hospitality industries. The 15 year-old organization educates, advocates for and connects its members to help them effectively engage multicultural employees, customers and communities. The MFHA and NRN have developed an educational webinar series to help build “Cultural IQ” throughout the industry.

National Restaurant Association

Since 1919 the NRA has been the restaurant industry's leading association, and now represents more than 380,000 businesses, from restaurants and suppliers to educators and nonprofits. With a goal of leading America's restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation, the NRA provides those it serves with the resources needed to stay ahead. Exclusive insights are found monthly in Nation’s Restaurant News.

Women's Foodservice Forum

For more than 20 years, the Women's Foodservice Forum has been committed to helping women and men build leadership skills and accelerate their career growth. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations across all sectors of the foodservice industry rely on WFF's events, resources, and programming to reach their full potential.

Philanthropy Partners

Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit committed to ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need. Working closely with the restaurant industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

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