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Why We Do It

Committed to Enhancing our Industry’s Future

The restaurant and foodservice industry's reach is extensive - nearly half of all food dollars are spent at restaurants. The industry is projected to employ 14.4 million by 2023; fostering an educated workforce is vital to support the industry's growth.

Restaurant Industry Facts

  • The restaurant industry employs about 13.1 million people, or nearly ten percent of the U.S. workforce
  • The restaurant industry is expected to add 1.3 million jobs over the next decade, with employment reaching 14.4 million by 2023
  • Every additional $1 million in restaurant sales generates 34 jobs for the economy
  • 1 in 3 workers got their start in the restaurant industry
  • 80 percent of restaurant owners started in entry-level positions

Building the Restaurant Industry’s Future

To better meet the needs of the industry and the guests they serve, we work to ensure the most qualified and passionate people enter the industry. Our educational programs are designed to keep current industry professionals abreast of the latest industry practices and to train future restaurant and foodservice professionals and leaders.

Through programs like ProStart, the NRAEF enables the industry to grow its own talent – it is building a pipeline of qualified, dedicated employees to fill its ranks.
Learn more about our ProStart program