American cuisine was one of the cuisine types within pub channels, along with Chinese and Italian cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of pub in China report, GlobalData analyses 812 menu items across pub outlets and provides an overview of various foodservice channels in China. According to GlobalData, pub makes up 0.025% of all restaurant types in China. Buy the report here.

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Vegetables was found to be the most-used ingredient in pub establishments, featuring in 14% of menu items, followed by cheese and pork. Beef and chicken were also significant ingredients. An analysis of menu categories reveals that salads & sides, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, sandwiches & wraps and pasta & pizza were most popular within the pub format.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in China pub channel have dropped by 0.14%. Considering all channels (including pub) the average price change was 0%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the pub segment in China 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 China foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the restaurant types, coffee & tea shop exhibited highest price hike, while delicatessen experienced a price decrease.

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

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