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Chain Restaurants (NCCR)

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If you say “quick-serve restaurant” instead of fast food …NCCR
If you know the difference between “quick-service” and “fast casual” …
And if you know how important small business franchisees are to individual communities and the broader economy …

… Then the National Council of Chain Restaurants is the place to connect, learn and share with people just like you.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants opposes the federal Renewable Fuel Standard mandate to mix corn-based ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply because diverting corn to fuel unfairly drives up food prices for chain restaurants and their customers.

Inconvenient Fact: Support for Ethanol Mandates Crumbling, Even in Iowa
NCCR partnered with the Smarter Fuel Future coalition on a new television advertisement which lays bare a new political reality – support for the RFS ethanol mandate is crumbling, even in Iowa, the largest ethanol-producing state. The ad is running in select media markets around the country.


For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance a public policy agenda that serves restaurant businesses and the millions of Americans employed by restaurants. Key issues include the Renewable Fuel Standard (food commodity costs), health care reform, swipe fees, immigration reform, tax reform and labor/management policies like overtime.

News & Resources

Chain restaurant stories in our News section spotlight innovative companies, fulfilling careers and the latest policy developments.  View NCCR press releases here.

NRF’s SmartBrief is a daily roundup of the latest retail and chain restaurant news. Each email provides a concise summary of the day’s most important stories. Preview the latest issue and subscribe to the newsletter.

Learn more about the Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative, a voluntary, collaborative industry effort focused on better efficiency, product information and traceability. 

Members can also subscribe to NCCR’s bi-weekly “Highlights” email newsletter, a concise summary of the latest policy news.

Special Publications

Participate in an NCCR committee to gain access to topical resources like the Food Safety Task Force’s listserv and briefing book.


NCCR members are invited to participate in committees that develop strategies, exchange information and advance policies:

Employees of NCCR member companies may also participate in NRF committees. We’re grateful for the chain restaurant professionals who generously share their time and expertise for the benefit of our chain restaurant community.

Events & Education

The NCCR Chain Restaurant CEO Policy Summit provides an annual forum for chain restaurant CEOs to engage with federal policymakers on key issues impacting the chain restaurant industry. Participation is reserved exclusively for presidents and CEOs of chain restaurant companies and is by invitation only.

NRF’s Retail Advocates Summit focuses on issues of major importance to the industry, and offers chain restaurant executives an opportunity to meet with administration and congressional leaders.

NRF’s Human Resources Executives Summit is a three-day event for retail and chain restaurant HR and employment law executives to explore real-world solutions to leading workforce challenges including health care and innovative trends in HR policy, immigration, retail compensation, employment law and more.

Throughout the year, committee meetings offer opportunities for networking, information exchange, and continued advocacy. View all upcoming events.


NCCR members include the country’s most respected quick-service and table-service chain restaurants. Find out more about the benefits of joining this vibrant community and see what our chain restaurant members have to say: View the membership kit (PDF).

Interested in joining? Learn more about membership.

More Online Resources

To view your committee resources, customize your view of the latest NRF news and access other resources, create a free MyNRF account.

About NCCR

The National Council of Chain Restaurants, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the leading organization exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that serves restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most respected quick-service and table-service chain restaurants. Join us.

Staff Contacts:

Scott Vinson

Scott Vinson
VP, Government Relations Food & Energy Policy

Shawna Purvis

Shawna Purvis
Executive Assistant

Sara Greene

Sara Greene
Director, Membership Development


Chain restaurants join NCCR for networking opportunities, research, advocacy and education.

GS1 Standards

The Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative is a voluntary, collaborative industry effort focused on better efficiency, product information and traceability. 

How the use of corn-based ethanol impacts food costs

NCCR commissioned a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC to examine how the use of corn-based ethanol required by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) impacts the chain restaurant industry and its small business franchisees. Learn more.

Tell Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

The RFS ethanol mandate, exacerbated by drought conditions, is causing food prices to skyrocket. Learn more and take action.