American cuisine was one of the cuisine types within delicatessen channels, along with Canadian and Italian cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of delicatessen in Canada report, GlobalData analyses 194 menu items across delicatessen outlets and provides an overview of various foodservice channels in Canada. According to GlobalData, delicatessen makes up 0.043% of all restaurant types in Canada. Buy the report here.

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Cheese was found to be the most-used ingredient in delicatessen establishments, featuring in 20% of menu items, followed by fruit and pork. Vegetables and grain were also significant ingredients. An analysis of menu categories reveals that soft drinks, salads & sides, sandwiches & wraps, meat dishes and meal deals and combinations were most popular within the delicatessen format.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in Canada delicatessen channel have flat growth. Considering all channels (including delicatessen) the average price change was 0%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the delicatessen segment in Canada 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 Canada foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the restaurant types, baker exhibited highest price hike, while bar experienced a price decrease.

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

While consumers become more price conscious, operators look for ways to optimize their costs to retain margin and market share. In the Canadian market, delicatessen 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.