EUROPE – ezCater, the world’s largest online marketplace for business catering, has announced it has acquired GoCater, the Paris-headquartered corporate catering platform.
According to the company, this acquisition comes after ezCater’s US$100 million Series D funding round and expands the company’s footprint to Europe.
“It’s great to be the market leader in the U.S., but we’re inspired to help customers and catering partners worldwide,” said Stefania Mallett, co-founder and CEO at ezCater.
“GoCater’s ingenuity, high caliber of talent, and company culture align perfectly with ours. Together, we’re unstoppable.”
The company added that as businesspeople around the globe use food to increase sales and productivity, businesses annually spend US$22 billion in the U.S. and $17 billion in Europe on business catering.
Both ezCater and GoCater were built to address the unique needs of businesspeople, with a strong focus on customer service and features like centralized invoicing, catering-specific reviews, and online receipts for easy expense reporting.
“We are laser-focused on serving corporate customers and creating tools that make it easier for restaurants and caterers to provide catering for businesspeople,” said Stephen Leguillon, GoCater’s founder and CEO.
“We immediately saw that ezCater shared our vision. Joining forces with the #1 player in the segment enables us to expand across Europe and beyond.”
In less than 2 years, GoCater has acquired hundreds of catering partners across France and Germany and now serves thousands of business customers.
As part of ezCater, GoCater will dramatically expand its catering partner network, by adding the European locations of popular U.S. restaurants, as well as many more European catering chains and independent favorites.