Meal deals and combinations is the leading food category constituting the majority of market share by the number of menu items offered in restaurants, followed by the soft drinks and pasta & pizza categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the meal deals and combinations category in El Salvador report, the meal deals and combinations category constitutes a 58% share among all restaurant types in El Salvador foodservice market. The report analyses 171 menu items from different foodservice outlets in El Salvador and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.

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Cheese was found to be the most-used ingredient in the meal deals and combinations category, featuring in 24% of menu items, followed by vegetables and bread products. Chicken and pork were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the meal deals and combinations category have dropped by 0.07%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the meal deals and combinations category in El Salvador is expected to experience overall growth.

Different categories exhibited mixed price movements within El Salvador foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the categories, the fish & seafood dishes category exhibited the highest price increase, while meal deals and combinations experienced a maximum price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of the meal deals and combinations category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in meal deals and combinations category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, meal deals and combinations category menu items in San Salvador became more affordable as compared to San Salvador and NULL.

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