Salad is one of the food and beverage sub-category offered in restaurants, along with the curry and meat mains – others sub-categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of the salad sub-category in India report, GlobalData analyses 140,008 menu items from different foodservice outlets and provides an overview of the food categories available across the foodservice channel in India. According to the report, the salad sub-category constituted a 29% share among all restaurant types in India. Buy the report here.

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Vegetables was found to be the most-used ingredient in the salad sub-category featuring in 22% of menu items, followed by fruit and salad vegetables. Cheese and herbs, spices & seasonings were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the salad sub-category have dropped by 0.06%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the salad sub-category in India is expected to experience overall growth.

Different sub-categories exhibited mixed price movements within India foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the sub-categories, the sharing platters & tapas sub-category exhibited the highest price increase, while salad experienced a maximum price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of salad sub-category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in salad sub-category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, salad sub-category menu items in Kolkata became more affordable as compared to Mumbai and Chennai.

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