It has been a great start to the year for us, and we wanted to share some of our Q1 news in case you missed it!
Mo’ restaurants, mo’ diners: We added more than 200 restaurant locations in the first quarter and one that we featured is award-winning Newk’s Eatery, who joined the marketplace in January. Newk’s offers grilled and tossed salads, grilled and toasted sandwiches, kettle-batch soups and handcrafted pizzas, each made with premium ingredients such as sushi-grade ahi tuna, tenderloin steak, Atlantic salmon, imported cheeses, scratch-made sauces and dressings, and fresh-brewed Rainforest Alliance Certified iced teas.
“Dinova enables Newk’s Eatery to grow its relationship with expense account diners, which is especially important in a traffic-challenged environment,” said Stewart Slocum, CMO of the 120-restaurant Newk’s Eatery brand. “Partnership with Dinova grows not only dine-in traffic with business diners but also catering, to go, gift card and gifting business lines.”
Dinova’s mobile app and web search got a facelift: Dinova’s tech team gave its mobile app and web search a facelift, capitalizing on its one-of-a-kind user base, Dinova’s online and mobile experience provide restaurants and business diners with access to one another through a proprietary channel. The new app and web search give users access to state-of-the-art technology that enhances usefulness and content.
“The new Dinova app creates a user experience that allows business diners to search for any cuisine type in any market at any time,” says Danny Davis, Chief Technology Officer. “We’ve included a dynamic search radius that will always have dining options readily available no matter where the user is located. The app also gives users access to online ordering and catering at many of our 14,000 restaurant locations nationwide.”
Show me the $$$: When it comes to managing money, Dinova’s got you covered. At the start of 2018, it was announced that the annual business dining spend under management surpassed $7 billion, and continues to grow.
“Surpassing $7 billion in annual business dining spend influence is tremendously exciting for us,” said Vic Macchio, Founder, Executive Chairman, and Chief Strategy Officer at Dinova. “In this $60 billion industry, we are confident that our marketplace – and our ability to shine a spotlight on the value of business dining – will only continue to grow.”
When you’re the expert: Word is getting around that Dinova is the expert in all things business dining related. As a result, our own Founder, Executive Chairman, and Chief Strategy Officer, Vic Macchio was featured in Business Travel Executive’s Recipe for Savings.
Macchio offered multiple insights for business travel managers in regard to business dining, and even notes that “until we point out the opportunity to manage dining spend, it’s typically the first time anyone at these corporations looks at it and they are usually blown away at how large it is.”
We’re very proud of our accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to bring. Until next time: keep it crispy, y’all.
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