CHARLOTTETOWN, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - PEI's restaurant industry hosted
Premier Ghiz on Day One of the provincial election campaign, raising
the challenges faced by Island restaurateurs as well as the framework
needed to grow this important industry.
"The restaurant industry is an integral part of the social and economic
fabric of communities across the Island," said Luc Erjavec, Vice
President Atlantic Canada for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA). "The industry hopes the Premier's decision to begin
the campaign by meeting with restaurant operators is a clear indication
of the value and importance he places on this vital industry."
The restaurant industry is also closely connected to the Island's
booming tourism industry - dining out is a top tourist activity.
According to a recent Ipsos poll for Kraft Foodservice Canada and CRFA,
81 per cent of Atlantic Canadians agree that restaurants encourage
travel and tourism.
PEI's restaurant industry is made up of 320 small business operators
generating $226 million in sales. Every dollar spent in a restaurant
generates $1.85 in economic activity. With 5,000 employees, the
restaurant industry is the third-largest private-sector employer on the
Island. The Ipsos poll found that 22 per cent of Canadians were first
employed by the restaurant industry (making it the number one source of
first jobs), and 80 per cent recognize restaurants as a vital source of
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $61-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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