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Latin America: workforce in foodservice businesses 2019, by country

In 2019, there were approximately 3.5 million workers in small and medium-size foodservice businesses in Brazil. Among those businesses, were included restaurants, bars, corner stores and bodegas. In Mexico, an estimate of 2.9 million people worked in businesses in the foodservice industry.

Number of workers in small and medium-size foodservice businesses in selected Latin American countries in 2019

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Release date

April 2020


Central and South America, Mexico

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Statistic based on data provided by various sources, such as Nielsen, World Bank, Euromonitor, national insitutes and associations, and expert interviews.

The source specifies that the analysis took into consideration two types of small and medium-size foodservice businesses: on-premise food service (restaurants, bars, and cafes) and traditional-trade stores (corner stores, bodegas, and mom-and-pop shops).

Figures have been rounded.

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