Research Study Takes a Fresh Look at Corporate Meal Expense Management

ATLANTA, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dinova LLC, along with The BTN Group, announced today the results of a new industry research study. The study shows that business dining is one of the more undermanaged areas of the corporate expense budget. The business dining spend represents roughly 10 percent of the average annual T&E spend, which offers the opportunity for significant cost savings efforts on the part of corporations nationwide.

According to the survey, 40 percent of respondents reported that his or her company spent $1 million or more on meals and entertainment in 2015. With the high amount of money rolling through corporate T&E on business dining spend, there’s an opening to better manage the expense.

Despite economic conditions that show consumer dining spend has decreased or remained flat, 39 percent of travel managers responding to this survey indicated that their business dining spend had increased in 2015. Forty-one percent of respondents said the increase in business dining spend was due to more volume of business meals purchased. And 19 percent of respondents also noted among buying trends, increased use of catering or large group carry-in orders.

The business dining expense comes in a variety of ways, including out-of-town travelers, marketing and events, client entertainment, internal business catering and private dining. When asked which restaurants are most frequented by business employees eating on expense accounts:

When asked what percentage of meals and dining expenditures occur in employees’ home market(s) versus business travel, only 10 percent of respondents indicated that 50 percent or more meal expenses are at home while 29 percent indicate less than 10 percent of meal spend is in home markets.  In fact, 55 percent reported that the increase of travel to new destinations was one of the contributing factors for increased business dining spend.

Curiously, more than half of the organization’s respondents reported they have yet to focus on dining spend as an area of savings significance. And when it came to how often meal expenditures are reported to management:

“With 80 percent of respondents indicating business dining expenses within their organization are reported to senior management, it’s advantageous for travel managers to reclaim a portion of the overall company dining spend,” said Vic Macchio Founder and CEO at Dinova. “We estimate the business dining spend to be around $60 billion, and the ability to manage this spend is critical in overall T&E savings. It’s found money!”

“The research illustrates that far too many corporations are missing opportunities for quantifiable savings on business dining expenses, given that 52 percent of respondents haven’t taken steps in the past two years to better manage this area and nearly a quarter couldn’t identify whether their 2015 costs had changed from 2014,” said Louis Magliaro, The BTN Group vice president and group publisher. “Leading companies are trying some very innovative tactics and we look forward to sharing more insights with our audience as this area matures.”        

In addition to the survey results, Dinova and The BTN Group will host a free webinar that will take a “Fresh Look a Corporate Meal Expense Management”. The webinar will take place Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will include speakers from companies such as Capital One, The Boeing Company, Liberty Mutual and Dinova.

For more information about the webinar, visit https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1105879&sti=Dinova

The survey gathered responses from 114 corporate travel, card or expense managers across various industries. For a copy of the full white paper, please reach out to the media contact.

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Heather Thompson
Phone: 678-684-2257
Email: hthompson@dinova.com

Dinova LLC (www.dinova.com) is the only company providing an innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide. Dinova influences more than $4 billion annually in business meals and entertainment expenses. Participating companies range from 1,000,000s of small to medium sized businesses to hundreds of Fortune 500, and its 13,000+ restaurant network includes local independents as well as national full-service and limited-service restaurant chains, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.

The BTN Group (www.businesstravelnews.com) is the undisputed leader of business travel and meeting information and intelligence in North America. With an unrivaled reach of more than 65,000 business travel/meetings professionals, its leading global brands include: Business Travel News, Travel Procurement and The Beat. An expert staff delivers the highest quality business-to-business news, information, data and research for corporate executives responsible for setting policies and managing and buying business travel and meetings on behalf of their companies. A division of Northstar Travel Group, The BTN Group also produces more than 20 annual conferences and events—creating an ideal environment for business travel/meetings buyers and suppliers to connect through education and networking—while a custom publishing unit produces webinars, white papers and research.

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