Curry is one of the food category offered in restaurants, along with the meal deals and combinations and meat dishes categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the curry category in Japan report, the curry category constitutes a 20% share among all restaurant types in Japan foodservice market. The report analyses 76,642 menu items from different foodservice outlets in Japan and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.

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Noodle was found to be the most-used ingredient in the curry category, featuring in 53% of menu items, followed by rice and pork. Beef and egg were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the curry category have risen by 2%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the curry category in Japan is expected to experience overall growth.

Different categories exhibited mixed price movements within Japan foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Food categories in Japan witnessed price increase in their food offerings in the mentioned timeline. Out of these, meal deals and combinations category saw highest price increase.

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

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