Middle Eastern cuisine was one of the cuisine types in Croatia, along with Italian and American cuisines, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of Middle Eastern cuisine in Croatia report, GlobalData analyses 714 menu items in Croatia and provides an overview of the cuisines available across the foodservice channel in Croatia. According to the report, Middle Eastern cuisine makes up 3% of all restaurant types in Croatia. Buy the report here.

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Chicken was found to be the most-used ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine featuring in 15% of menu items, followed by bread products and beef. Vegetables and fruit were also significant ingredients.

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

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

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

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