Bread (side) is one of the food and beverage sub-category offered in restaurants, along with the pizza and carbonated soft drinks sub-categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of the bread (side) sub-category in South Africa report, GlobalData analyses 1,250 menu items from different foodservice outlets and provides an overview of the food categories available across the foodservice channel in South Africa. According to the report, the bread (side) sub-category constituted a 6% share among all restaurant types in South Africa. Buy the report here.

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Bread products was found to be the most-used ingredient in the bread (side) sub-category featuring in 66% of menu items, followed by herbs, spices & seasonings and butter & solid fats. Cheese and flour were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the bread (side) sub-category remained flat. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the bread (side) sub-category in South Africa is expected to experience overall growth.

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

An in-depth analysis of bread (side) sub-category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in bread (side) sub-category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, bread (side) sub-category menu items in Alberton(South Africa) became more affordable as compared to Sandton and Johannesburg(South Africa).

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