TRA Benefits

Mission statement:
It is the mission of the Texas Restaurant Association to be the advocate and indispensable resource for the foodservice  and hospitality industry in Texas.
Texas is the second largest foodservice market in the nation, with sales projected to reach $32 billion this year. The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), which is the largest state restaurant association in the United States, represents a community of more than 5,000 foodservice professionals. The foodservice industry in Texas is dynamic and growing. It is projected that, by the year 2017, there will be more than one million foodservice jobs in the state. The phenomenal growth of the industry, combined with rising business costs and increasing threat of government regulation, makes membership in TRA a vital part of doing business.

History and Mission of the Association:
Recognizing the benefits of working together to promote the restaurant industry in Texas, 11 leading Texas restaurateurs held an organizational meeting in Dallas in September 1937. Temporary officers were elected and the Texas Restaurant Association was born.

For more than 70 years, the TRA has served its members and the foodservice industry with political advocacy, industry education and foodservice training. The association maintains its focus on supporting the business of the Texas restaurateur. This commitment results in the continued growth and effectiveness of the association.

Benefits of Membership:
When you join the Texas Restaurant Association as a restaurant member you automatically become a member of the National Restaurant Association and your local TRA chapter. You will receive the monthly member newsletter Food for Thought and will have access to business tips and essential products and services through the Member’s Only section of the association’s website.  Other benefits include:
  • Industry experts on staff to answer your questions
  • Legal and technical advice for members 
  • Hands-on managerial tools and benchmark data
  • Up-to-date information on new laws, regulations, etc.

Networking opportunities – learn from your peers

Most importantly you will join a community of restaurateurs who recognize the value of supporting the association that supports their industry. 

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