Dips & sauces is the leading food and beverage sub-category constituting the majority market share by the number of menu items offered in restaurants, followed by the curry and pizza sub-categories, according to GlobalData’s menu intelligence database. In its menu analysis of the dips & sauces sub-category in the UK report, GlobalData analyses 182,602 menu items from different foodservice outlets and provides an overview of the food categories available across the foodservice channel in the UK. According to the report, the dips & sauces sub-category constituted a 51% share among all restaurant types in the UK. Buy the report here.

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Herbs, spices & seasonings was found to be the most-used ingredient in the dips & sauces sub-category featuring in 13% of menu items, followed by fruit and fish & seafood. Salad vegetables 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 dips & sauces sub-category remained flat. As on-premises dining gains momentum following the COVID-19 pandemic, the dips & sauces sub-category in the UK is expected to experience overall growth.

Different sub-categories exhibited mixed price movements within the UK foodservice market between 2022 and 2023. Food sub-categories in the UK witnessed price increase in their food offerings in the mentioned timeline. Out of these, packaged water (still & sparkling) sub-category saw highest price increase.

An in-depth analysis of dips & sauces sub-category price trend by location reveals consumption trends of each region. The graph below represents the change in dips & sauces sub-category menu prices during 2021-2023 across the top five locations. As seen below, dips & sauces sub-category menu items in Leeds(UK) became more affordable as compared to London-UK and Glasgow(UK).

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