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Where Do You Stand in the ‘New Era’ of Third-Party Delivery?

Orders through delivery apps are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 27.9%. That equates to about $16.6 billion by 2023. And as with any new hyper-growth technology, it means that the companies competing for a significant position are rapidly evolving.

This session will not only discuss who the key players are in delivery and the recent changes but will also teach attendees how to take advantage of advancements in efficiency and performance made available in 2020.


Zaid Ayoub | Founder & CEO | SAJJ Mediterranean

Zaid Ayoub is the founder and CEO of the Bay Area-headquartered, rapidly expanding fast-casual concept SAJJ Mediterranean. As SAJJ has grown in the last 8 years, Zaid never took his eyes off the product: high-quality, fresh food that was also approachable and transparent. He realized that people want convenience and speed without sacrificing a culinary experience, which is why SAJJ uses a customize-your-own service model. Zaid knew that “Mediterranean food” covers a wide variety of geographic regions, and the cuisine is often adjusted to meet the local palate. In Paris’ Latin Quarter, for example, falafel and shawarma sandwiches are paired with french fries, which SAJJ offers.

Alonso Castaneda | VP of Brand Development & Strategy | Four Foods Group & Savory

Alonso Castaneda’s professional career began as a General Manager for Qdoba Mexica Grill where he excelled in the business quickly and passionately. Since then he has worked as a Director of Franchise Operations, Regional Manager, Director of F&B and Director of Sales and Store compliance. Currently he is the Vice President of Brand Development and Strategy for the Savory Restaurant Fund. During his time, Alonso has been part of the growth team with Qdoba that lead to the sale to Jack in the Box, the growth team in Paradise Bakery that lead to the sale to Panera Bread and the growth team at Café Rio that lead to the sale to Freeman Spogli.

Tony Darden | President & COO | MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes

Tony Darden is the President of better burger concept MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes. Tony joined Plano, Texas based MOOYAH in April of 2019 and was tasked with stabilizing the brand and preparing it for growth. Prior to joining MOOYAH, Tony spent significant time in leadership roles at Panera Bread as well as Taco Bueno and Sun Holdings. With 87 domestic and international locations and a strong pipeline of development, Tony and the MOOYAH team continue to leverage the food quality and casual environment that differentiates MOOYAH form its competitors.

Kevin Fish | Senior Vice President, Digital | Wingstop

As Senior Vice President, Digital for Wingstop, Kevin Fish is responsible for the strategy, design, development and operation of guest-facing digital and award-winning ecommerce solutions including and the mobile ordering apps. Kevin joined Wingstop in 2014 and has served in Sr. Director and Vice President roles, overseeing Wingstop’s digital business as well as restaurant point of sale systems, back office and network infrastructure. Prior to Wingstop, he served as Sr. Manager of Ecommerce for Pizza Hut from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, he served as Sr. Manager of Retail Systems for FedEx Office.


Akash Kapoor | Founder & CEO | Curry Up Now

Curry Up Now founder Akash Kapoor has been a self-employed entrepreneur and businessman since childhood. His first business dates back to grade school movie nights, where he set up a food stand, and has successfully grown a variety of businesses, from credit card marketing to mortgage banking to debt and tax mediation. In 2009, he left the traditional business world to start Curry Up Now with his wife, Rana. Curry Up Now was the first Indian street food truck in the Bay Area, and has since grown to include three food trucks, two craft cocktail bar concepts called Mortar & Pestle within Curry Up Now, and seven brick-and-mortar locations. Curry Up Now has franchise locations in Atlanta, Sacramento, Southern California, Salt Lake City & Hoboken with dozens more planned nationwide.

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