Hot drinks 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 hot drinks category in New Zealand report, the hot drinks category constitutes a 14% share among all restaurant types in New Zealand foodservice market. The report analyses 2,798 menu items from different foodservice outlets in New Zealand and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.

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Hot drinks was found to be the most-used ingredient in the hot drinks category, featuring in 12% of menu items, followed by fruit and milk. Confectionery and nuts & seeds were also significant ingredients.

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

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

An in-depth analysis of the hot drinks category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in hot drinks category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, hot drinks category menu items in Auckland became more affordable as compared to Dunedin(New Zealand) and Hamilton(New Zealand).

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