ezCater, an online catering marketplace, has acquired Monkey Group, an enterprise software, training, and insights company.
The acquisition marries the world’s largest online catering marketplace with the world’s most popular catering management software, which developed Monkey – the popular cloud platform for the foodservice industry.
More than 60,000 operators already use ezCater’s platform to grow and manage their catering business and over 8,000 use Monkey to manage their off-premises channels.
Now, ezCater’s fully integrated marketplace and software platform offer users more catering orders than any other source, alongside catering software, expertise and data.
Integrations with POS, loyalty, and back-of-the-house systems allow orders and data to flow across their entire operation.
Stefania Mallett, co-founder and CEO at ezCater, said: “ezCater’s and Monkey Group’s strengths line up exceptionally well.
“Combining Monkey Group’s industry-leading offerings with ezCater’s nationwide online marketplace, expert marketing engine, and API-first platform results in faster, more profitable growth for restaurants.”
Erle Dardick, founder and CEO of Monkey Group, said: “Our customers tell us they want more orders, and ezCater’s marketplace drives growth for so many restaurants. We’re thrilled to join forces to help foodservice operators thrive even more.”
Brands who use both platforms, including Einstein Bros. Bagels, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky’s, will benefit from new POS integrations and streamlined data flow between the two companies’ systems.
Brandon Turner, president at Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels, said: “We have partnered with both ezCater and Monkey Media for years, and each individually has been integral to the strategic growth of our catering business.
“We look forward to seeing what these companies can do together to unlock further catering growth for us.”
The Vancouver-headquartered Monkey Group, now operating as MonkeySoft Solutions, will maintain its existing brands, MonkeyMedia Software, The Catering Institute and Off-Premise Insights.