Emburse’s SpendSmart analyzes our users’ business expense data.
It provides valuable insights into key spending trends for financial professionals and suppliers to the T&E market.
Our H1 snapshot focuses on the significant shifts in the meals category since 2019. While some chains maintained visitor levels, others charted significant changes–compared to their pre-COVID numbers.
From burgers to pizza, the war for the most-expensed meal chains resulted in obvious winners in the major categories.
As business travel slowed, fewer employees dined on the company dime. Which of the ten most-expensed chains took the biggest hit compared to pre-COVID levels?
In 2021, Starbucks was the most-expensed food choice among the top vendors. It accounted for 16.6% of meal transactions, and an average expense of $28.23*.
*Average cost may or may not include additional fees, gratuities, and service charges.
All meal delivery vendors grew significantly, but DoorDash became the undisputed leader.
As meal delivery took off, the average expensed amount per order did, too. Seamless, most notably, almost tripled its average since 2019.
In terms of market share, the growth was starker. Among the top four providers, DoorDash grew its market share the most.
Emburse’s SpendSmart data provides an analysis of the current spend trends of business travelers in the United States with all data compiled from actual expense data from submitted expense reports.
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