DataCandy Strengthens Position in Restaurant Industry with New Wins
Montreal, Quebec (August 30, 2018) – DataCandy continues to strengthen its positioning as a gift card and loyalty program leader across the restaurant industry with the announcement of a new strategic partnership with quick-service restaurant franchisor Kahala Brands™ and Texas-based Focus POS Systems.
Known for its well-established partner ecosystem, DataCandy continuously evaluates opportunities to integrate its proven technology with leading point of sale (POS) systems. The DataCandy/Focus POS Systems partnership will enable restaurants of any size across North America to integrate both platforms seamlessly. Through this strategic alignment, current and future restaurants utilizing Focus POS Systems will have access to a turnkey, end-to-end solution encompassing POS, gift card, and loyalty program technology. Ginger Sushi Boutique® and Thai Express®, both existing Focus POS System users and two of Kahala Brands’ fastest growing U.S. quick-service restaurant franchises, are the first to capitalize on DataCandy’s newest alliance. Kahala Brands selected DataCandy as its strategic partner to rollout a gift card and loyalty program for the two brands as well as to leverage the company’s industry track record to elevate customer engagement initiatives.
“Our relationship with Focus POS Systems, along with the two U.S. projects from Kahala Brands, will open new doors and help more restauranteurs gain the operational benefits of a simple and seamless technology platform,” says Lorne Schwartz, CEO of DataCandy. “The strategy we have in place to expand DataCandy’s reach and services into the U.S. market is paying off.”
About Focus POS
Focus POS Systems is a Texas-based company with a rich heritage of delivering innovative software technology to the hospitality industry with thousands of installations since 1990. Its philosophy is simple: create a smart, uncomplicated solution that positions customers for profitability and competitive advantage. To learn more, visit www.focuspos.com.
About Kahala Brands
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kahala Brands, owned by MTY Food Group Inc., is a rapidly growing franchising company with a portfolio of 27 quick-service restaurant brands with approximately 3,000 locations in over 34 countries, including Cold Stone Creamery®, Blimpie®, Maui Wowi®, Pinkberry®, TacoTime™, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill®, NrGize Lifestyle Cafe™, Surf City Squeeze®, Planet Smoothie®, tasti D-lite™, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria™, Cereality®, Kahala Coffee Traders® , Frullati Café & Bakery™, Rollerz™, Ranch One® and America’s Taco Shop® and The Great Steak & Potato Company™, Baja Fresh®, La Salsa®, Thai Express®, Extreme Pita®, Ginger Sushi Boutique®, The Counter Custom Burgers®, BUILT Custom Burgers® and Grabbagreen®. For more information about Kahala Brands™, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.
About Thai Express
Thai Express™ is a fresh take on traditional Thai cuisine and one of the world’s leading Thai restaurant brands that began in Canada and is currently expanding into the U.S. Tailored to your taste and prepared fresh when you order, Thai Express provides fun, flavorful and freshly cooked Thai meals. As a premier Thai food franchise, the company believes in providing variety, quality and authenticity at modern food boutiques. In 2004, Thai Express was acquired by MTY Food Group Inc and in 2017 expanded into the U.S. under Kahala Brands. For more information about Thai Express, visit www.ThaiExpressFood.com.
About Ginger Sushi Boutique
Ginger Sushi Boutique™ is made up of people who love life and are passionate about sushi. Specializing in the creation of sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialties, Ginger Sushi Boutique products offer great flavor, superior freshness and positive health benefits. As a premier sushi franchise, the company believes in preparing everything fresh and with care by the staff and sushi chefs. Popularly known as Sushi Shop™ in Canada under MTY Food Group Inc, Ginger Sushi Boutique expanded into the U.S. opening their first store in the southeast in 2018. For more information about Ginger Sushi Boutique, visit www.GingerSushi.com.
DataCandy is a North American leader in loyalty and gift card software solutions for retailers and restaurants of all sizes. The company’s simple, scalable, secure, and affordable platform is used at over 10,000 locations across Canada and the United States by over 700 companies, including the ALDO Group, Familiprix pharmacies, St-Hubert restaurants and 40 brands that are part of the MTY Food Group. To learn how unwrapping customer insights can drive customer relationships, visit www.datacandy.com.