Salads & sides is the leading food category constituting the majority of market share by the number of menu items offered in restaurants, followed by the soft drinks and pasta & pizza categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the salads & sides category in Portugal report, the salads & sides category constitutes a 55% share among all restaurant types in Portugal foodservice market. The report analyses 8,817 menu items from different foodservice outlets in Portugal 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 salads & sides category, featuring in 30% of menu items, followed by rice and vegetables. Bread products and cheese were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the salads & sides category have risen by 0.06%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the salads & sides category in Portugal is expected to experience overall growth.

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

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

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