by Loren G. Edelstein | February 01, 2013

More than three-quarters of meeting professionals have seen a rise in the number of attendees' special dietary requests. Among the reasons cited is a growing awareness of allergies and diet-related sensitivities, cited by 80 percent of the 262 respondents to a recent M&C survey. Another 43 percent feel people have become pickier and more aggressive about asking for alternatives. Advance notice is a key factor in the ability to accommodate special requests, yet only 72 percent of planners always ask about F&B needs in advance, and 8 percent never do so. For more findings and verbatim comments, go to