New Strategic Partnership Saves Money for Texas Restaurants

Oct 2
restaurant owner and chef happy about saving money

Austin, TX (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) – The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the largest hospitality and foodservice advocate in the state, is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Dining Alliance and the Buyer’s Edge Platform. This partnership will provide TRA members with automatic manufacturer rebates on purchases already being made by restaurants across Texas. A Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), Dining Alliance uses an advanced technology platform to seamlessly work with restaurants to audit their purchases, identify eligible manufacturer rebates, and deliver these cash rebates to restaurateurs. As a technological leader in the restaurant industry, Dining Alliance is a resource for TRA members to reduce cost and increase efficiency.

Food cost and overall expense management is key to a restaurant’s long-term success. Through this strategic partnership between TRA and Dining Alliance, member restaurants will be able to take full advantage of manufacturer rebates; providing savings directly to the bottom line. Dining Alliance’s list of over 350 manufacturers includes Barilla, Berry Plastics, Conagra Brands, Dart, Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Idahoan, McCain, McCormick, Nestle Professional, Pepsi, Smucker’s, Tyson, Unilever, and Ventura Foods, to name a few. Dining Alliance/Buyer’s Edge Platform will work with all restaurants to deliver the optimal combination of pricing-saving maximization and rebates from food service companies. The Texas Restaurant Association is proud to provide its members with this no-cost benefit.

“Providing our members with tangible financial benefits is just as important as the advocacy work we conduct across the state each day,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., TRA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The TRA is committed to supporting our members and bringing them opportunities that truly support their businesses. This partnership will allow us to give our members a powerful tool to maximize their food expense savings, and does so ‘in the background,’ automatically putting savings directly into their hands.”

Dining Alliance’s services realize the average restaurant unit 1% of food spend in cash-back rebates annually. For example, a restaurant with $500,000 in food spend may be eligible for an average of $5,000 per year in direct manufacturer rebates. In addition to rebates, Dining Alliance/Buyers Edge offers deviated pricing (off invoice) to its members on everything from food to equipment.

“For more than 20 years our company has been supporting restaurants across the country to recognize savings and deliver quality and simplicity to the complex world of restaurant purchasing,” says Christina Davie Donahue, President of Dining Alliance. “We are proud and excited to partner with the Texas Restaurant Association, whose mission to protect, advance, and educate the Texas restaurant industry aligns so well with the services we provide.”

The TRA is extending this benefit to all its restaurant members and will work closely with Dining Alliance in the coming weeks to help restaurants automatically connect their purchasing invoices to Dining Alliance’s Cash Back Program ( By simply setting up their individual portal to connect with distributors, a restaurant will begin to immediately earn savings on purchases; receiving quarterly, semi-annual or annual cash-back rebate payments.

To learn more about benefiting from this strategic partnership or for Texas restaurant owners/operators interested in joining the Texas Restaurant Association, contact the TRA at or call 512-457-4100.

About Dining Alliance
As a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), Dining Alliance makes its members more profitable by offering them access to benefits and purchasing power that would not otherwise be available to them. As the nation’s largest GPO for Independent Restaurant Operators, Dining Alliance offers members the opportunity to take advantage of a wide array of benefits including pricing contracts, savings programs, employee perk programs and marketing opportunities. The company was founded in 1998 and currently has more 18,000 national restaurant members.

About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $66 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 48,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and, promotes the growing industry. 

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For more information on this topic, call Anna Tauzin Rice at 512-457-4100 or email


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