Business Dining and Technomic Consumer Dining Indexes Provide Q3 Trends

for Restaurants and Corporate Travel Managers

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State of Business Dining Report, Q3 | 2022

Our State of Business Dining Report, created in partnership with Technomic Inc, provides a quarterly review of restaurant benchmarks and data.

What you’ll learn:

  • Comparisons between business and consumer dining spend
  • Benchmark spend data by market, industry, and restaurant type
  • Top trends impacting the current business dining market, including inflation and remote work
  • Recommendations for how restaurants can best leverage trends to reach business diners
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What you’ll learn:

  • Comparisons between business and consumer dining spend
  • Benchmark spend data by market, industry, and restaurant type
  • Top trends impacting the current business dining market, including inflation and remote work
  • Recommendations for how restaurants can best leverage trends to reach business diners

Business vs Consumer Dining

Our BDIndex in combination with Technomic’s TIndex shows how business dining fared against the general industry. In 2022, the TIndex began to plateau, while growth is anticipated for business dining by the end of the year.

In the report, BDIndex is segmented by:

  • US Market
  • Restaurant type
  • Menu type
BDIndex Q3

Top Trend: Hybrid Work Prevails

Remote and hybrid work is commonplace and business dining spend is becoming geographically distributed as a result. When offices are only half full, this has major impacts for the core business dining use cases of catering and private dining.

  • 44% consumers who continue to work from home
  • 43% average U.S. office occupancy rate compared to 2019
  • 72% meetings market recovery predicted by the end of 2022
  • 9 in 10 leaders say more people show up when there’s free food

44%
consumers who continue to work from home

44.7%
average U.S. office occupancy rate

72%
meetings market recovery predicted by the end of 2022

9 in 10
leaders say more people show up when there’s free food

Methodology

In order to offer statistically significant sales insights for the State of Business Dining, we analyzed the following data:  

  • $8.6B (2019), $5.0B (2020), $7.3B (2021), and $9.7B (2022) in business dining sales.
  • Companies that participated in the Dinova program from 2019-2022.
  • Sales data from the top 1,500 US restaurant brands. Top restaurant brands may change for individual reports, but indexes are updated so that all historical data represents current list of top 1,500 brands. 
  • More than 5 years of pre-pandemic business dining sales data to inform annual patterns. 

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