Iced tea 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 iced tea sub-category in South Africa report, GlobalData analyses 456 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 iced tea sub-category constituted a 8% share among all restaurant types in South Africa. Buy the report here.

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Hot drinks was found to be the most-used ingredient in the iced tea sub-category featuring in 84% of menu items, followed by fruit and herbs, spices & seasonings. Salad vegetables and sugar were also significant ingredients.

An analysis of the annual price change between 2022 and 2023 indicates that the average menu prices in the iced tea sub-category have dropped by 0.01%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the iced tea 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. Of all the sub-categories, the falafel sub-category exhibited the highest price increase, while iced tea experienced a maximum price decrease.

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

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.