Pasta & pizza is one of the food category offered in restaurants, along with the meat dishes and salads & sides categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the pasta & pizza category in Malaysia report, the pasta & pizza category constitutes a 16% share among all restaurant types in Malaysia foodservice market. The report analyses 14,049 menu items from different foodservice outlets in Malaysia 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 pasta & pizza category, featuring in 48% of menu items, followed by chicken and vegetables. Fruit and meat were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the pasta & pizza category remained flat. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the pasta & pizza category in Malaysia is expected to experience overall growth.

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

An in-depth analysis of the pasta & pizza category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in pasta & pizza category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, pasta & pizza category menu items in Sunway Subang Jaya Puchong became more affordable as compared to Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam Klang.

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