Foodservice sales decline by 26.6% in October

Published January 11, 2021

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.

Data by province by segment can be found in Restaurants Canada’s most recent Monthly Fast Facts. Free for members! Login or Become a Member for access.

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