ezCater® Acquires Monkey Group to Strengthen Its Fully Integrated Catering Marketplace and Software Platform
Acquisition extends ezCater’s lead as the top provider of catering solutions for restaurant operators
BOSTON, MA – March 27, 2019 – ezCater®, the world’s largest online catering marketplace, today announced it has acquired Monkey Group, an enterprise software, training, and insights company, and developers of MONKEY™, the cloud platform for takeout, delivery, and catering. The acquisition marries the world’s largest online catering marketplace with the world’s most popular catering management software.
Catering, the largest growth opportunity for most restaurants, requires a dedicated suite of solutions. More than 60,000 restaurants and caterers already use ezCater’s platform to grow and manage their catering business; more than 8,000 use MONKEY to manage their off-premises channels. Now, ezCater’s fully integrated marketplace and software platform offers restaurants and caterers more catering orders than any other source, plus best-in-class 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.
“ezCater’s and Monkey Group’s strengths line up exceptionally well,” said Stefania Mallett, Co-founder and CEO at ezCater. “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, added, “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 food service 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.
“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,” said J. Brandon Turner, CFO at Coffee & Bagel Brands, owners of Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caribou Coffee, and more. “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™, Inc. (MSI), will maintain its existing brands, MONKEYMEDIA™ Software, The Catering Institute™, and Off-Premise Insights.
For more information about growing your catering business with ezCater’s suite of solutions, visit www.ezcater.com/grow.
ezCater is the world’s largest online catering marketplace. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and award-winning customer service help businesspeople from organizations of all sizes and industries make meetings more successful and employees happier. Over 60,000 restaurants and caterers use ezCater’s products to grow and manage their catering business. For more information or to place a catering order, visit www.ezcater.com.
About Monkey Group
Monkey Group is made up of MonkeyMedia Software™, The Catering Institute™, and Off-Premise Insights. Using the business framework, 5 Pillars of Successful Restaurant Takeout, Delivery, and Catering, Monkey Group works closely with each food service operator’s executive team to drive strategic alignment, provide education for team members, and deploy the MONKEY™ platform. With MONKEY, food service operators have access to a full suite of off-premise functionality, including unified multi-channel ordering (online, mobile and call center), CRM, case management, catering sales team and lead management, integrated accounting functionality to manage business-to-business accounts, catering order production management, and delivery dispatch management. Learn more about the 5 Pillars at www.cateringinstitute.com and for more information on Monkey Group, visit www.monkeygroup.com.