Iowa's Restaurant and Beverage Industry is an integral part of the state's economy. The state’s more than 6,000 eating and drinking establishments project annual sales of more than $3.4 billion in 2012.
Iowa’s restaurant and beverage industry is the second largest private sector employer in the state with more than 145,100 employees.
The Iowa Restaurant Association promotes and protects the restaurant and retail beverage industries in the state of Iowa through:
The IRA is the state affiliate of the National Restaurant Association, as such, state members receive dual membership in both organizations.