The National Restaurant Association is the largest food trade organization in the world. Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 90 leaders (although the Form 990 indicates there are 72 board members) in the industry, the National Restaurant Association is a professional trade association, a tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.
In 2017, the National Restaurant Association raised $110 million most of which comes from three (3) sources: the sale of inventory ($62 million) which appears to be trade data, trade shows ($32 million), and royalties ($8 million). Membership dues – often the biggest source of revenue for trade associations – only provided $4 million to the organization in 2017. Read more