Soups 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 soups category in Ecuador report, the soups category constitutes a 23% share among all restaurant types in Ecuador foodservice market. The report analyses 226 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.

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Soup was found to be the most-used ingredient in the soups category, featuring in 75% of menu items, followed by fish & seafood and chicken. Vegetables and pasta were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the soups category have dropped by 0.01%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the soups 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 soups category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in soups category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, soups category menu items in Basin became more affordable as compared to Guayaquil and Cumbayá.

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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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.