Hospitality News February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018






EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

March 1-2: Colorado ProStart Invitational and Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup

See you Friday as we cheer on Colorado ProStart Culinary & Management Students and watch them compete for 1 million+ dollars in scholarships at JWU! 

 


CRA TALKS MARIJUANA WITH OTHER STATES AND ASSOCIATIONS

Because the CRA has been so active ensuring law makers and regulators know the impacts of legalized marijuana on Colorado’s restaurant industry, we occasionally get asked by groups that are now starting to deal with marijuana to help them understand some of the pitfalls. This year, Nick Hoover Manager of Government Affairs for the CRA has already been invited to present at two such gatherings. One for the American Beverage Institute, and another to the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Nick brings our experience on the impact of marijuana on the restaurant industry in Colorado, as well as how we worked with all the interested stakeholders in interpreting Colorado’s law. In addition to these kinds of presentations, the CRA gets phone calls frequently from other state restaurant associations when new states start to move toward recreational use of marijuana. We are always happy to help others navigate through this tricky issue.

 

As always, if you are interested in our legislative efforts be sure to read the latest Legislative Update. We update this document weekly during the legislative session. If you have further questions on any of these issues do not hesitate to reach out to Nick Hoover for clarification.

 


REMEMBER – CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ON UTILITY SALES TAXES

The Utility Sales Tax Credit is one of the MOST asked-about items at the CRA. Simply by taking the credit or utility costs used in food preparation, you can recover the equivalent of all or part of your CRA annual dues. The Utilities Sales Tax Credit allows you to deduct from your taxable sales a portion of your utility costs (electricity, gas; propane, etc.) for the manufacturing and processing of food. This tax credit was obtained for you by the CRA after extensive negotiations with the Colorado Department of Revenue. All cities, counties and districts whose sales taxes are collected by the Department of Revenue can be included in this calculation. >>Be sure to use and claim this benefit!

 


NEW GUIDES HELP RESTAURANTS REDUCE FOOD WASTE:

ReFED, a nonprofit committed to reducing food waste in the United States, and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, of which the National Restaurant Association is a founding member, released two guides to help our industry implement strategies and best practices to cut food waste. The reports include a Restaurant Food Waste Action Guide and a Foodservice Food Waste Action Guide. Both can be downloaded here (you’ll need to submit a short form to download). And don’t forget the National Restaurant Association report The State of Restaurant Sustainability 2018 that we talked about last week.

 


COLORADO RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IS A HUGE IMPACT

Every year we produce The Menu of Facts, a booklet outlining the economic impact of our industry to provide to lawmakers. Distributed first at the annual Blue Ribbon Legislative Reception, this handy pocket reference acts as a great conversation starter with any lawmaker or media person interested in learning more about our industry. We are an industry made up of small businesses with a large impact. If you would like any copies of the Menu of Facts, email the CRA and we will see that you get what you need. Also find the latest industry stats on corestaurant.org .

 

In Colorado:

  • There are 11,526 eating and drinking locations 
  • Total restaurant sales are expected to exceed $12.1 billion in 2018 (Up 40% since 2010)
  • Foodservice industry employs 281,300 workers
  • Restaurants will generate approx. $310 million in local taxes
  • More than 75% of restaurants are independently owned and operated
  • Restaurants account for 10% of the state labor force

 


OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS

+ Welcome the new CRA members

+ Don't forget to respond to the NRA Financial Impact Survey. This helps us inform elected officials on the economic impact of their decisions

+ Members get FREE Labor Law Posters. Request them here

+ CRF Scholarship Applications due April 1


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CRA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 1-2: Colorado ProStart Invitational

March 6: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

March 7: Hockey Night Out with Northern Colorado Chapter

March 8: Durango Chapter Meeting

March 14: Pueblo Chapter Meeting

March 20: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting – Note new date!

March 20: Mile High Chapter Meeting & Member Mixer

April 15: Pikes Peak Food, Wine and Beer Expo

 

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS

March 6: Colorado Food Show – Brought to you by our friends at EatDenver, creating connectivity within our dynamic food system.

March 6: Road to Zero Waste – CRA members can attend the following sessions at no cost! First the education session on The Food Waste Hierarchy, and then stick around for Movie & Chat with Anthony Bourdain’s latest documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.

 

 

ON THE HORIZON

April 16-18: Public Affairs Conference in Washington DC

May 8: CRF Scholarship Event

May 19-22: NRA Annual Restaurant Show

May 20: Taste of Durango

September 17-18: Colorado Restaurant Show

 

 

SERVSAFE CLASSES*

March 19: ServSafe Manager Certification – Gunbarrel

March 26: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

March 27: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

*Pre-registration required

 


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