On a year-over-year basis, commercial foodservice sales in Canada declined by 26.6% in October compared to the same period in 2019. This is on the heels of a 19.8% decline in September and represents the largest decline since June.
All segments reported a larger decline in sales in October compared to September. Quick-service restaurants reported the smallest drop in sales, declining by 9.1% in October compared to a 6.5% dip in September.
Sales at full-service restaurants tumbled by 36.2% in October due to sharp declines in Quebec (-47.8%) and Ontario (-41.5%). Meanwhile, caterer revenues plummeted by 59.4% and drinking place sales dropped by 47.6%.
While there was little positive news in the October data, some provinces continued on the road to recovery. Sales in Newfoundland & Labrador declined by 10.6% in October as relatively flat sales at quick-service restaurants partially offset declines in other segments. In Saskatchewan, year-over-year sales at quick-service restaurants rose by a modest 0.8% in October.
Commercial foodservice sales in Canada fell to $4.7 billion in October following five consecutive months of gains.