TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The lingering polar vortex and continued
economic uncertainty have dulled the business outlook for
In the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association's (CRFA's)
Restaurant Outlook Survey for Q4 of 2013, 61 per cent of operators
noted bad weather in December hurt business. More than one-third of
restaurateurs (37 per cent) reported lower sales in the fourth quarter
compared to a year earlier. Moving forward, one-quarter of operators
expect sales growth to cool over the next six months.
"Ice and snow are slowing business down, but they aren't the only
challenges facing the restaurant industry," says Garth Whyte, CRFA
President and CEO. "Operators are also struggling against the headwinds
of an uncertain economy, rising costs, and made-in-Canada challenges
such as beer and liquor monopolies and supply management in dairy and
Looking ahead, 44 per cent of operators say they will have to raise menu
prices over the next six months to cope with rising costs and business
Despite a pessimistic business outlook, hiring intentions are bright as
nearly two-thirds of operators plan to maintain staff levels over the
next six months. In 2013, the restaurant industry added nearly 40,000
jobs to become the third-largest job creator.
About the survey
CRFA's Restaurant Outlooks Survey covers the fourth quarter of 2013 and
tracks business conditions for nearly 5,400 foodservice establishments
across Canada. For more information, visit www.crfa.ca/research.
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 restaurant industry generates
$68 billion annually in economic activity and employs more than 1.1
million people in communities across the country.
Image with caption: "In CRFA's latest Restaurant Outlook Survey, 33 per cent of restaurateurs blamed bad weather for hurting business in the last quarter of 2013. This percentage nearly doubles for December alone. (CNW Group/Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140128_C5689_PHOTO_EN_35989.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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