Dave Henkes

Technomic, Inc.

David Henkes is a Vice President at Technomic, Inc. and is responsible for directing strategic consulting and research assignments for supplier, operator and trade association clients active in the food and beverage industries. His specific responsibilities include client development, industry and competitive research, project oversight, study design, analysis of research findings and client reporting. He is also the Executive Director of Technomic’s Adult Beverage Insights Group and oversees the firm’s On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Practice.

Consulting/Research Experience

Since joining the firm in 1996, Dave has managed a wide variety of proprietary and multiclient engagements, both domestic and international. His range of experience is wide and includes market and strategic planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, opportunity analyses, acquisition evaluations, new product evaluations, concept testing, usage/attitude analyses, and distribution systems analyses. He has also moderated numerous professional and consumer focus groups on food and related topics.

Industry Experience

Prior to joining Technomic, Dave gained international food experience working with Nestle Germany in Frankfurt, Germany. He has held positions with Marriott Management Services and McDonald’s and has also worked as a federal investigator in Washington, DC.

Speaking Engagements/Professional Associations:

Dave has been a featured speaker at a number of industry events, conferences and symposiums, including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA) Forecast and Outlook and Introduction to Foodservice Fundamentals seminars, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies State of the Industry seminar, Technomic’s Adult Beverage Insights Group and Foodservice Planning Program client meetings, Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club (CFMC) luncheons, corporate national sales meetings, and other industry client functions. He has also participated in panel discussions at various industry functions, including the National Restaurant Association show. He is a member of the editorial advertising boards of Hotel F&B Magazine and Oxford Publishing/Nightclub & Bar Magazine and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club. He has been cited in numerous publications, including Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Reuter’s and Associated Press syndicated articles. He has also appeared on NPR and First Business.


Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Illinois.