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10 onsite dining predictions for 2022

After nearly two years of pandemic-imposed restrictions and adjustments, here are 10 trends we expect to impact onsite dining programs in the coming year.

In a few months, we’ll see the two-year anniversary of the start of the most transformative event in recent history, superseding even 9-11 and the 2008 stock market crash in the impact is has had, and will continue to have, on onsite dining programs, not to mention just about everything else. That event of course is the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus in March 2020, which forced shutdowns and social restrictions that continue in some form to this day.

For the various markets that constitute the onsite dining universe, the impacts of COVID were devastating, forcing some such as sports/recreation concessions and conference/convention center catering to come to a complete halt while most others saw steep declines in business. The advent of vaccines early this year has allowed a mitigation of restrictions, though new virus variants may threaten that easing.

Nevertheless, most observers seem to anticipate a continued crawl back to some semblance of “normal” in the coming year and it is on that assumption that we base the following trend predictions…

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