STATE OF THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
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The Restaurant Industry in Wisconsin
Most restaurants are independently owned small businesses owned and operated by hardworking individuals and families who have a passion for providing good food and warm hospitality.
Restaurant operators face many hurdles including extremely narrow margins, unpredictable food costs and being a highly labor-intensive industry.
PROVIDING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY
Restaurants are a driving force in Wisconsin’s economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people. The restaurant industry is one of the largest private industry employers in Wisconsin and ranks among the fastest growing industries in the state.
THE CORNERSTONES OF COMMUNITIES
Restaurants are an important part of their communities, typically giving of their time and resources as leaders and supporters of a variety of causes to make a positive difference.
For national restaurant industry stats, visit https://restaurant.org/research-and-media/research/industry-statistics/
“Being a member gives me the comfort of knowing that WRA resources are available on almost every issue, problem or concern that I may face as a restaurant owner.”
– DAVID FLANNERY, OWNER APPLE HOLLER RESTAURANT, STURTEVANT
What's Hot? 2022 Culinary Forecast
Foods that boost the immune system and plant-based proteins. Alternative sweeteners. Globally inspired salads. Upscale potato chips in unexpected flavors. All these foods and more are high up on the What’s Hot 2022 Culinary Forecast, while packaging continues to be a priority, nabbing top spots in the overall top 10 list of trends.
The National Restaurant Association partnered with the professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation, inviting them to review and rank—as Hot, Not Hot and Perennial Favorite—more than 100 food items and culinary concepts identified by the Association and Technomic’s Menu Research & Insights Division.
Find out what the experts predict will reign on menus in the coming year. What’s Hot delivers the Top 10 hottest overall and the leading trends in each of 12 food and menu categories from dayparts and desserts to snacks and spices.
Facts at a Glance