Falafel is one of the food and beverage sub-category offered in restaurants, along with the meat mains – others and vegetable dishes sub-categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of the falafel sub-category in China report, GlobalData analyses 96 menu items from different foodservice outlets and provides an overview of the food categories available across the foodservice channel in China. According to the report, the falafel sub-category constituted a 0.091% share among all restaurant types in China. Buy the report here.

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Salad vegetables was found to be the most-used ingredient in the falafel sub-category featuring in 26% of menu items, followed by vegetables and beans & pulses. Herbs, spices & seasonings and chilli pepper were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the falafel sub-category have dropped by 0.14%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the falafel sub-category in China is expected to experience overall growth.

Different sub-categories exhibited mixed price movements within China foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the sub-categories, the vegetarian burgers sub-category exhibited the highest price increase, while falafel experienced a maximum price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of falafel sub-category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in falafel sub-category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, falafel sub-category menu items in Wuhu became more affordable as compared to Shanghai and Beijing.

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