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Chain Restaurants (NCCR)

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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. NCCR’s co-sponsorship of a new ad campaign led by the Smarter Fuel Future coalition is intended to help tell this story to key policymakers on Capitol Hill. 

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.


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.

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 or the Supply Chain Committee’s Commodity Compendium newsletter.


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

NCCR, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the leading organization exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. There are more than 287,000 chain restaurant locations across the United States, representing 45 percent of all restaurants, and chain restaurants are growing as independent restaurants shrink. Join us.

Staff Contacts:

Rob Green

Rob Green
NCCR Executive Director

Scott Vinson

Scott Vinson
NCCR Vice President

Shawna Purvis

Shawna Purvis
Executive Assistant

Jessica Viator

Jessica Viator
Director, Membership Development


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

Rethinking Overtime
Rethinking Overtime study commissioned by NRF

An Oxford Economics study commissioned by NRF shows how overtime expansion would impact nearly 1.7 million retail and restaurant workers.

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.