Hot drinks is one of the food category offered in restaurants, along with the meat dishes and meal deals and combinations categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the hot drinks category in Ecuador report, the hot drinks category constitutes a 12% share among all restaurant types in Ecuador foodservice market. The report analyses 79 menu items from different foodservice outlets in Ecuador and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.
Hot drinks was found to be the most-used ingredient in the hot drinks category, featuring in 74% of menu items, followed by honey and milk. Confectionery and fruit were also significant ingredients.
An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the hot drinks category have risen by 0.65%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the hot drinks category in Ecuador is expected to experience overall growth.
Different categories exhibited mixed price movements within Ecuador foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the categories, the hot drinks category exhibited the highest price increase, while soups experienced a maximum price decrease.
An in-depth analysis of the hot drinks category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in hot drinks category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, hot drinks category menu items in Quito became more affordable as compared to Cuenca(Ecuador) and Guayaquil.
While consumers become more price conscious, operators look for ways to optimize their costs to retain margin and market share. In Ecuador 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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