Potato – main is one of the food and beverage sub-category offered in restaurants, along with the meal deals and combinations and meat mains – others sub-categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of the potato – main sub-category in Canada report, GlobalData analyses 4,269 menu items from different foodservice outlets and provides an overview of the food categories available across the foodservice channel in Canada. According to the report, the potato – main sub-category constituted a 22% share among all restaurant types in Canada. Buy the report here.

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Starchy vegetables and potatoes was found to be the most-used ingredient in the potato – main sub-category featuring in 100% of menu items, followed by cheese and cream. Herbs, spices & seasonings and green vegetables were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the potato – main sub-category remained flat. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the potato – main sub-category in Canada is expected to experience overall growth.

Different sub-categories exhibited mixed price movements within Canada foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Food sub-categories in Canada witnessed price increase in their food offerings in the mentioned timeline. Out of these, ice cream & sorbet sub-category saw highest price increase.

An in-depth analysis of potato - main sub-category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in potato - main sub-category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, potato - main sub-category menu items in Montréal became more affordable as compared to Toronto(Canada) and Calgary.

While consumers become more price conscious, operators too, look for ways to optimize their costs to retain margin and market share. In Canada market, restaurants 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 flavours 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.