November 18, 2015 (FREDERICTON) – New Brunswick’s monthly commercial foodservice sales hit the $100 million mark for the first time earlier this year, with sales of $101 million in July and $100 million in August. Restaurants Canada shared this news with Premier Brian Gallant and Tourism Minister Bill Fraser yesterday.
Note: Commercial foodservice includes restaurants, bars and caterers.
In addition to presenting the premier and minister with Restaurants Canada–embossed chef aprons, Restaurants Canada Director Peter Stoddart (Saint John Ale House) and Vice-President Atlantic Luc Erjavec delivered several messages about the restaurant industry’s contribution to New Brunswick’s economy:
- With 1,765 commercial establishments and $1.3 billion in sales, the restaurant industry is central to New Brunswick’s social and economic fabric, generating jobs and investment across communities throughout the province;
- The restaurant industry is the fourth-largest private-sector employer in New Brunswick, with more than 24,200 direct employees – more than finance and insurance, forestry, farming and fishing combined;
- Foodservice provides nearly one in five jobs for young people under the age of 25;
- The restaurant industry supports and promotes local cuisine and agriculture, and is a major buyer of local chicken, dairy, seafood, potatoes, and emerging products such as cranberries, blueberries and craft beer.
“The restaurant industry plays a vital role in boosting employment and tourism, and creating vibrant communities,” says Erjavec. “We’re pleased to share this success with Premier Gallant and Minister Fraser, and to encourage them to foster a business environment where our members can continue to grow and invest in New Brunswick.”
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 food service businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.