By Karen Bremer, Today's Restaurant Contributor
American's restaurant industry continues to grow and is expected to reach record numbers in terms of sales, locations and employees. When looking at the state level, Georgia is a top contender in job growth, culinary trends and innovation.
According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, restaurants will employ 14 million individuals in 2015. This year will also mark the 16th consecutive year in which restaurant industry employment will outpace overall employment growth. Additionally, by 2025, restaurant industry employment will reach 15.7 million.
These statistics show the impact restaurants truly bring to the table. Many individuals begin working in the foodservice sector and often stay in the industry to move up to management positions. Jobs at restaurants also teach pertinent skills for any career endeavor, offer flexibility and restaurant employment helps the economy thrive. As these numbers indicate, restaurants will continue to serve as a top industry for job opportunities and growth in the future.
The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry, is proud of the restaurant industry’s economic contribution on a national and state level. To help ensure that restaurants can continue to focus on providing job opportunities and on the success of their business, the GRA works to represent Georgia’s restaurant industry on legislative issues pertaining to the industry. By working to ensure restaurants are properly represented in Georgia, restaurants can spend their time and effort focusing on their employees, guests and overall business, instead of fighting for issues on an individual basis.
Georgia’s restaurants have a lot to offer and the GRA takes pride in representing the restaurant industry and serving as the voice of Georgia’s restaurants. From offering individuals who are seeking their first job the opportunity to learn pertinent skills, to contributing to the state’s economy as well as giving back to the community, restaurants are essential in many aspects.
Karen Bremer is Executive Director of the Georgia Restaurant Association.
For more information on the NRA 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, visit www.restaurant.org/Forecast. For more information about the GRA, visit www.garestaurants.org or contact the GRA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 467-9000.