Indian cuisine was the leading cuisine types within Full Service Restaurant (FSR) channels, along with Thai and Chinese cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of FSR in Australia report, GlobalData analyses 1 million menu items across FSR outlets and provides an overview of various foodservice channels in Australia. According to GlobalData, FSR makes up 34% of all restaurant types in Australia. Buy the report here.

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Vegetables was found to be the most-used ingredient in FSR establishments, featuring in 30% of menu items, followed by herbs, spices & seasonings and chicken. Fruit and fish & seafood were also significant ingredients. An analysis of menu categories reveals that meat dishes, curry, salads & sides, vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes and soft drinks were most popular within the FSR format.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in Australia FSR channel have flat growth. Considering all channels (including FSR) the average price change was 0%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSR segment in Australia is expected to experience overall growth. Moreover, the introduction of new menu items that emphasize health and wellness generates interest in those seeking nutritious menu options and greater variety.

Different restaurant types exhibited mixed price movements within Australia foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the restaurant types, bar exhibited highest price hike, while hotel & motel experienced a price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of FSR price trends by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in FSR menu prices between 2022 and 2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, FSR menu items in Brisbane became more affordable as compared to Sydney and Adelaide.

While consumers become more price conscious, operators look for ways to optimize their costs to retain margin and market share. In the Australian market, FSR operators rely on innovation as a crucial tactic to appeal to customers as well as optimize costs. As increasing number of consumers seek novel experiences, foodservice operators must continuously innovate their menu choices, providing superior taste and quality along with a diverse selection of dishes. Operators should highlight the distinctive tastes and flavors of their food and beverage offerings in a convenient format to enhance customer engagement.

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GlobalData’s Online Menu Intelligence is a database of cost and profit foodservice operators on menus within Foodservice Intelligence Center. The tool’s several search options, such as cuisine, category, menu item, ingredient, and restaurant, help users to conduct focused searches in terms of price analysis (average price and change in prices), menu item claims, popular categories, cuisine/ingredient penetration levels, etc.