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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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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.


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


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


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.


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 25 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.


NRA Educational Foundation

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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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