Monthly foodservice sales fall to lowest level in more than two decades

Published June 29, 2020

On a seasonally adjusted basis, commercial foodservice sales in Canada fell to $2.4 billion in April. This represents the lowest monthly sales since Statistics Canada began collecting comparable data in January 1998.

On a year-over-year basis, foodservice sales plummeted by a record 61.4% in April.  The biggest declines were at full-service restaurants and bars, pubs and nightclubs.  Most of these types of establishments were temporarily closed in April or offered limited takeout or delivery. Drinking places were the hardest hit with sales falling by a staggering 90.5%, while full-service restaurant sales fell by 78%.

Quick-service restaurants fared better in relative terms, but still saw declines of 40.6%. Despite many quick-service restaurants being open for takeout and delivery, it was not enough to offset the decline in overall traffic.

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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