FREDERICTON, N.B. — 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, according to Restaurants Canada.
Restaurants Canada director Peter Stoddart and VP Atlantic Luc Erjavec shared the news with New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant and Tourism Minister Bill Fraser yesterday. “The restaurant industry plays a vital role in boosting employment and tourism and creating vibrant communities,” said 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.”
With 1,765 commercial establishments and $1.3 billion in sales, the restaurant industry is central to New Brunswick’s economy and is the fourth-largest private-sector employer in the province, with more than 24,200 direct employees — more than finance and insurance, forestry, farming and fishing combined.