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 meat dishes and pasta & pizza categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. According to GlobalData’s menu analysis of the salads & sides category in the Philippines report, the salads & sides category constitutes a 84% share among all restaurant types in the Philippines foodservice market. The report analyses 55,381 menu items from different foodservice outlets in the Philippines and provides an overview of the food categories available across its foodservice channel. Buy the report here.

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Rice was found to be the most-used ingredient in the salads & sides category, featuring in 45% of menu items, followed by herbs, spices & seasonings and fungi & mushrooms. Beef and vegetables 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 0.01%. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the salads & sides category in the Philippines is expected to experience overall growth.

Different categories exhibited mixed price movements within the Philippines foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Food categories in the Philippines witnessed price increase in their food offerings in the mentioned timeline. Out of these, sandwiches & wraps 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 Cebu City became more affordable as compared to Makati and Manila(Philippines).

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