Market Overview

DataCandy Strengthens Position in Restaurant Industry with New Wins


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
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

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™,

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

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

About DataCandy

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

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