Vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes is one of the food category offered in restaurants, along with the soft drinks and salads & sides categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category in Costa Rica report, the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category constitutes a 21% share among all restaurant types in Costa Rica foodservice market. The report analyses 102 menu items from different foodservice outlets in Costa Rica and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.

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Vegetables was found to be the most-used ingredient in the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category, featuring in 24% of menu items, followed by cheese and salad vegetables. Bread products and fungi & mushrooms were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category have risen by 310%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category in Costa Rica is expected to experience overall growth.

Different categories exhibited mixed price movements within Costa Rica foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Food categories in Costa Rica witnessed price increase in their food offerings in the mentioned timeline. Out of these, curry category saw highest price increase.

An in-depth analysis of the vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, vegetable, dairy & meat substitute dishes category menu items in San Jose Costa Rica became more affordable as compared to Liberia and San Jose Costa Rica.

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