Italian cuisine was one of the cuisine types in Ecuador, along with American and Ecuadorian cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of Italian cuisine in Ecuador report, GlobalData analyses 2,044 menu items in Ecuador and provides an overview of the cuisines available across the foodservice channel in Ecuador. According to the report, Italian cuisine makes up 16% of all restaurant types in Ecuador. Buy the report here.

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Cheese was found to be the most-used ingredient in Italian cuisine featuring in 34% of menu items, followed by pork and vegetables. Deli meats 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 Italian cuisine have dropped by 0.05%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Italian cuisine in Ecuador is expected to experience overall growth.

Different cuisines exhibited mixed price movements within Ecuador foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Of all the cuisines, Spanish cuisine exhibited highest price increase, while Mexican cuisine experienced a maximum price decrease.

An in-depth analysis of Italian cuisine price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in Italian cuisine menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, Italian cuisine menu items in Basin became more affordable as compared to Guayaquil and Cumbayá.

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