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Texas de Brazil Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (March 07, 2017) – Dinova, Inc., the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Texas de Brazil has joined Dinova’s exclusive business dining marketplace.

Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse, features a continuous dining experience that embraces a time-honored tradition of churrasco-style cooking, adopted from the gauchos – Brazilian cowboys of Southern Brazil. The menu features endless servings of perfectly seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage, all slow-roasted over an open-flame and carved at the table by the restaurant's experienced gaucho servers. Additionally, Texas de Brazil boasts an extravagant gourmet salad area containing more than 50 fresh items such as grilled vegetables, imported cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, creamy lobster bisque, and many more mouthwatering variations of salads and traditional Brazilian sides. Texas de Brazil offers group dining rates, catering packages, and takeout options to meet the needs of all diners and occasions. 

“We pride ourselves in delivering a diverse restaurant network to our business diners, and having a unique concept like Texas de Brazil gives them a great option for a fun and interactive business meal” said Vic Macchio CEO and founder of Dinova. “Texas de Brazil is thrilled to offer our unique dining experience to the participating business diners within the Dinova network,” stated Salim Asrawi, COO. “We feel the value of our concept and quality of product, makes us an ideal addition to the preferred restaurant marketplace, and we are looking forward to building long-lasting relationships and providing many memorable experiences to the guests.”   

With the recent announcement of a $6 billion marketplace, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 locations nationwide. The addition of Texas de Brazil is just one indicator of the substantial growth Dinova continues to achieve in 2017.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (February 21, 2016) – Dinova, Inc. the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Sullivan’s Steakhouse has joined its business dining marketplace.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse is an experience unlike any other American steakhouse. Boasting hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, signature cocktails and live music, Sullivan’s offers an intimate setting where guests can treat themselves to great food and a fun atmosphere. With 18 locations across the United States, Sullivan’s food and award-winning wine list will give guests an evening they will never forget.

“We are excited to have Sullivan’s Steakhouse join our business dining marketplace,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder of Dinova. “Dinova’s partnership with Sullivan’s Steakhouse connects the restaurant with a new set of influential corporate diners and business travelers,” said Brandon Coleman III, chief marketing officer for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. “Introducing new guests to the Sullivan’s dining experience is an opportunity to share the consistent service and quality cuisine we take pride in offering.”

With the growth of its marketplace to $6 billion in dining spend influence, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 locations nationwide. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is the latest edition to the growing roster of national brands to join Dinova’s business dining marketplace.

Dinova, Inc. Named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company

Atlanta (February 16, 2017) – Dinova, Inc. the only innovative proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting business diners to restaurants across the nation, was named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for Innovation and Contributions to the State’s Technology Community.

TAG’s Top 40 Awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact, and their efforts at spreading awareness of Georgia’s technology initiatives throughout the U.S. and globally. TAG will recognize the Top 40 at the 2017 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 23, 2017, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

“We could not be more thrilled and honored to be a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder of Dinova. “This validates our success in defining a new market and our ability to grow our marketplace through our proprietary backend technology solution.”

“The 2017 Top 40 finalists are an elite group of innovators who represent the very best of Georgia’s Technology community,” said Larry Williams, president & CEO of TAG. “The 2017 Top 40 finalists are shining examples of what makes our State such a hotbed for technology and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community.”

"An extraordinary number of truly innovative technology companies participated in this year’s Top 40 competition, demonstrating the depth and breadth of Georgia's technology community," said Dennis Zakas, managing partner of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, CEO of Zinc., and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee.  “In fact, based on the quality of the contestants, we could have had a 'Top 60' without losing a beat."

Zoës Kitchen Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (February 07, 2016) – Dinova, Inc., the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting business diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES) has joined its exclusive business dining marketplace.

With more than 200 locations across the United States, Zoës Kitchen aims to deliver goodness to its customers by providing fresh, scratch-made Mediterranean meals, served with gracious hospitality.  From grilled kabobs and savory entrees to tasty salads and creative sandwiches, their wholesome food and flavors are designed to leave guests feeling good, both inside and out.

“Having a Mediterranean brand like Zoës Kitchen available to our business diners is another great fast casual option for travelers looking for unique, healthy alternatives while on the road,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder of Dinova. “Whether they are looking for a nutritious, scratch-made lunch option, or a place to wind down for dinner after a busy day, Zoës Kitchen is a fabulous option for business diners when they are on the road, are conducting business meals or are planning catering for their office,” said Casey Shilling, Chief Marketing Officer, Zoës Kitchen.  “We are thrilled to be a part of the Dinova network, as we are always looking for opportunities to introduce our modern Mediterranean dining experience to more guests.”

With the growth of its marketplace to $6 billion in dining spend influence, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 locations nationwide. Zoës Kitchen is the latest edition to the growing roster of national brands to join Dinova’s business dining marketplace. In recent months Dinova has also welcomed Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Grille, P.F. Chang’s and Buca di Beppo.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Del Frisco’s Grille

Join the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (January 19, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Del Frisco’s Grille have joined Dinova’s exclusive business dining marketplace.

For more than 20 years, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s vision to embody the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse has remained true. Del Frisco’s is a high-end, contemporary steak house with a see-and-be-seen buzz. Boasting bold spaces and flavors, the menu includes an extensive selection of USDA Prime wet-aged steaks, a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality.

Del Frisco’s Grille is a vibrant, upscale-casual eatery featuring elevated classic comfort food with a twist. An ‘anytime eats’ dining destination, the Grille offers an array of fun, approachable menu items made with the freshest of ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. Located in multiple states and Washington D.C., the Grille takes the classic American bar and grill concept to refreshing new heights.

“What a great way to start 2017, by adding the prestigious names of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Del Frisco’s Grille to Dinova’s marketplace,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder. “We are so thrilled that our business diners will have the option to dine at both of these fine establishments.”

”Business travelers and corporate diners are important guests for both Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Del Frisco’s Grille. Joining the Dinova network opens our restaurants up to new business dining occasions,” said Brandon Coleman III, chief marketing officer for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. “We are always excited about opportunities to expose new guests to the high-quality cuisine and warm, genuine hospitality for which Del Frisco’s is known.”

With the recent announcement of a $6 billion marketplace, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 locations nationwide. The addition of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Del Frisco’s Grille is just one indicator of the substantial growth Dinova continues to achieve in 2017.

Dinova’s Marketplace Expands to $6 Billion in Business Dining Influence

Atlanta (January 10, 2017) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that it has surpassed $6 billion in business dining spend influence. Dinova’s marketplace increased steadily in 2016, which has resulted in this huge milestone for the company at the onset of 2017. Like other successful internet marketplaces, such as Airbnb and Uber, Dinova is quickly penetrating this burgeoning market and is progressing into a successful mid-size growth company.

“I am ecstatic that we are able to start 2017 with such an incredible announcement,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder of Dinova. “As we continue to forge ahead and add more restaurants and top corporations around the country, we continue to provide a unique marketplace that is only available by joining Dinova.”

Dinova has also continued to add diverse restaurant concepts to its marketplace throughout 2016 and starts 2017 with three new groups including Snarf’s Sandwiches, the Fine Indian Dining Group, and the unique movie theater microbrewery, Flix Brewhouse.

Snarf’s Sandwiches was founded in 1996 in Boulder, Colorado by Jimmy Seidel and is home to the world’s finest sandwich. Since then, Snarf’s has expanded to more than 20 locations in Colorado, Chicago, St. Louis and Austin, Texas. Snarf’s award-winning sandwiches are made-to-order using the very best ingredients including premium meats and cheeses, crisp veggies, their own blend of giardiniera peppers and Jimmy's bread recipe, which is the trademark of Snarf's.

"We're excited to be partnering with Dinova in order to reach a new audience segment including business travelers and corporate diners, said Jill Preston, Director of Marketing at Snarf's. "We know this is an influential and important audience, and through Dinova's network we look forward to increased traffic, sales and catering opportunities." 

Executive Chef and Owner of Fine Indian Dining Group, Hemant Mathur, has spent decades cultivating spectacular recipes and dishes for many fine establishments. In 2015, he joined the Fine Indian Dining Group, founded by Shiva Natarajan, in New York with Indian dining concepts such as Chote Nawab, Dhaba, Haldi, and Sahib, all found in New York.. Fine Indian Dining Group ensures delicious signature dishes and specials that are inspired by each concept’s regional focus.

Dinova’s marketplace provides our restaurants with that extra enhancement to reach a target audience of business diners nationwide, which also complements our current marketing efforts,” said Hemant Mathur, Executive Chef and Owner of Fine Indian Dining Group. “Participating in Dinova’s network is an important resource that gives us access to an influential customer segment which is vital to expanding our reach and increasing traffic at our restaurants.”

Flix Brewhouse is the only movie theatre in the world to incorporate a fully functioning microbrewery. By combining two popular concepts, Flix is able to deliver three of America’s great loves – craft beer, great food and the latest movies – directly to a guest’s theatre seat. Flix currently offers 33 stadium seating “dining rooms” with high-definition cinema projection and sound technologies, wall-to-wall curved screens, cushy high back chairs, and its revolutionary Easy Glider movable table top. There are 25-35 beers brewed onsite annually, and 38 other draft beers for guests to enjoy, along with specialty non-alcoholic drinks. The lobby bar is also open seven days a week for those looking for a bite to eat and great local beer.  

“Dinova's marketplace has been a nice addition to our sales mix, particularly with business travelers. The incremental revenue associated with the traffic driven from Dinova's network has been a valuable inclusion to our current sales and marketing program,” said Greg Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Flix Brewhouse.

Dinova Companies Spend 13.6% More at its Preferred Restaurants

Atlanta (December 20, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced a third quarter year-over-year increase of 13.6 percent by corporate enterprises in its preferred restaurant network. This increase comes after restaurant traffic as a whole is down for 2016; casual dining alone fell as much as 8 percent from 2015, according to a BMO Capital analyst in a recent Nation’s Restaurant News article.

As 2016 comes to a close, Dinova has brought more than 700 new restaurant locations into its marketplace as it continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 restaurant locations nationwide.

High-profile restaurants recently added to the marketplace include, Granite City Food & Brewery, Cadillac Ranch, and 101 Concepts.

Granite City Food and Brewery, named after its hometown of St. Cloud, Minn., is a polished casual restaurant with an on-site brewery. With 36 restaurants in 14 states, Granite City Food & Brewery offers a unique experience to business diners with its brewery inspired, chef crafted food and craft beer brewed at each location and served at the peak of freshness. Part of the same restaurant family, Cadillac Ranch embraces the spirit of Route 66 and its namesake’s famous art installation in Amarillo, Texas. Today, Cadillac Ranch operates five restaurants in the U.S.

“Complementary to our existing sales and marketing programs, Dinova’s marketplace provides us an additional distribution channel to access a targeted audience of business travelers and corporate diners nationwide,” said Jim Macchitelli, Vice President of Marketing at Granite City Food and Brewery. “Dinova’s network serves as an important conduit to influential business diners and decision-makers to build awareness and generate trial within this important market segment.”

101 Concepts is a restaurant group based in Atlanta, Ga., with six restaurant concepts across the south. The restaurant concepts range from southern style cuisine and barbecue at Food 101 and Smoke Ring; to an Irish Pub with Meehan’s Public House; to Italian fare with delicious Cibo E Beve; to a newly introduced concept at 101 Steak. Each restaurant brings exceptional food, great atmosphere and quality ingredients to every guest experience.

"While new to the Dinova family, we are already pleased with the results we have seen in just one month. Dinova gives us a chance to reach corporate diners on a Monday through Thursday, when the need to fill our restaurants is the greatest. We love the opportunity Dinova provides to connect with new faces and create a lasting relationship with local businesses at an affordable rate," said Steve Buero, Partner and Owner of 101 Concepts.

“This has been a great year for Dinova as we continue to trail blaze through the industry and carve out significant milestones along the way,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and founder of Dinova. “I have no doubt that our new additions to the marketplace, plus our unwavering growth, will propel us to a great start for 2017.”

Schlotzsky’s Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (October 21, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Schlotzsky’s, an international sandwich franchise restaurant, has joined Dinova’s exclusive marketplace.

Beginning in Austin, Texas, Schlotzsky’s was home to a single, one-of-a-kind sandwich, The Original®. Today, it has 360+ locations in the United States and is present in three other countries. In the last 40 years, Schlotzsky's still maintains a commitment to using the highest quality ingredients to make the world's best sandwich, and the menu has evolved from one signature sandwich to fresh baked bread, delicious hot sandwiches, Artisan flatbreads, specialty pizzas, toasted wraps, freshly tossed salads, gourmet soups, and more.

“Having a brand like Schlotzsky’s available to our business diners is essential as they travel, have business meals, and plan in-office catering for meetings,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and Founder at Dinova. “We are thrilled to bring such a prominent brand into the marketplace as we continue to grow our restaurant network nationwide.”

With the recent growth of its marketplace to $5 billion in dining spend influence, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 restaurants nationwide. The addition of Schlotzsky’s is just one indicator of the substantial growth Dinova continues to achieve in 2016.

P.F. Chang’s Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (October 11, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that P.F. Chang’s joins the marketplace as a premier international restaurant brand serving hundreds of thousands of customers each day.

Since the day it opened, P.F. Chang’s has made its food from scratch, and now they’re telling that story with Farm to Wok™. P.F. Chang’s chefs use real, whole ingredients to make their food and signature beverages from scratch, every day, in each individual restaurant. Dim sum is hand-folded, fresh ginger root is juiced for house-made ginger beer, and even sauces are made from scratch.

“P.F. Chang’s is a great addition to our restaurant network, and it’s a thrill to have such a fine dining establishment available to our business diners,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and Founder at Dinova. “Our restaurant partners understand the value of targeting the business diner, and are able to reap the benefits of taking part in our exclusive marketplace.”

“Farm to Wok™ has been our food philosophy since the day we opened. Many guests don’t know that every one of our restaurants has a scratch kitchen. This means our chefs are preparing food fresh every day – chopping vegetables, hand rolling sushi and crafting handmade cocktails from fresh squeezed fruits. Farm to Wok™ is allowing us to share the stories of the people who make it possible and we are excited to share this experience with guests in the Dinova dining network,” said Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer for P.F. Chang’s.

With the recent growth of its marketplace to $5 billion in dining spend influence, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 restaurants nationwide. The addition of P.F. Chang’s is just one indicator of the substantial growth Dinova has already achieved in 2016.

Buca di Beppo Joins the Dinova Marketplace

Atlanta (October 4, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that Buca di Beppo joined the marketplace as a premier Italian restaurant chain serving tens of thousands of customers worldwide.

Buca di Beppo offers a unique perspective on Italian cuisine, by serving food family style with a fun, authentic feel. From humble beginnings in a Minnesota basement restaurant in 1993, Buca di Beppo has grown into an international sensation serving more than 100 restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

“The addition of Buca di Beppo into Dinova’s marketplace allows our business diners to experience a fun, eclectic style on business trips or for a company party,” said Vic Macchio, CEO and Founder at Dinova. “Having Buca in our restaurant network is just another way we strive for excellence, and bring the best establishments into our marketplace.”

“Complementary to our existing sales and marketing programs, Dinova’s marketplace provides us an additional distribution channel to a targeted audience of business travelers and corporate diners nationwide,” said Trish Giordano, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Buca di Beppo. “Dinova’s network serves as an important resource allowing us to connect with influential, business diners and decision-makers to increase visitorship to our restaurants and further expand our catering business.”

With the recent growth of its marketplace to $5 billion in dining spend influence, Dinova continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000+ restaurants nationwide. The addition of Buca di Beppo is just one indicator of the substantial growth Dinova has already achieved in 2016.

Dinova Named a Best Place to Work by Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta (September 8, 2016) – Dinova, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, was recognized today as a best place to work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the premier business journal in the market. The Best Places to Work 2016 awards were announced at this morning’s breakfast, where only 100 of the top companies in Metro Atlanta were recognized.

The breakfast, held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, acknowledged companies which came out on top based on a multi-dimensional survey completed by their own employees. Survey dimensions included rating the work environment, the level of creativity and overall treatment of employees. The survey was administered by the independent research firm Quantum Workplace. Dinova’s award came in the small company category and will appear in the next issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle in a special section highlighting the winners.  Emcee Crystal Edmonson pointed out that the small company category was the most vigorously competitive, with more than 600 applicants, and only 50 making the cut.

“It is such an honor to be recognized with this outstanding award for fostering a company culture where our employees feel valued, creative and happy,” said CEO and Founder Vic Macchio. “We are a fast growing company. Having a great company culture is the foundation for future success. This award belongs to all present and future employees at Dinova. It’s our people that make this a best place to work.”

Since January, Dinova has increased its headcount company-wide by 20 percent and will continue expansion in 2016 with an annex of more office space at its Johns Creek corporate headquarters.

About 2016 Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work is an innovative publication and awards program produced by Atlanta Business Chronicle.  The rankings were determined by surveys that went directly to employees who answered a series of questions.  The survey was administered online by the employers and through a service provided by Quantum Workplace, our research partner.  The rankings are numeric based on Quantum’s scoring process.

 

Dinova’s Marketplace Expands to $5 Billion in Business Dining Expense

Trends Show Uptick in Key Vertical Markets

 

Atlanta (July 19, 2016) – Dinova LLC, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that it has surpassed $5 billion in business dining spend influence. Dinova’s marketplace has steadily increased by 7.8 percent in the first half of 2016 with the average transaction spend amount increasing by 9.4 percent YOY. Like other successful internet marketplaces, such as Airbnb and Uber, Dinova is quickly capturing market share and is progressing into a successful mid-size corporation.

The increases and uptick of Dinova’s marketplace in the first half of the year are due in part to certain business dining trends, including a 7 percent increase YOY for Fast-Casual and Fine Dining spend in particular. This correlates with Dinova marketplace research, conducted with The BTN Group in April, which shows that companies are reporting a 33 percent increase in Fast-Casual spend, 34 percent increase in independent restaurant spend, and 16 percent increase in chain dining establishment spend. Over 56 percent of companies indicated that increases are due to more meals being purchased overall.  Since Fast-Casual is the fasted growing segment in the restaurant industry, Dinova’s increase in this category correlates with that industry trend as well.

Additional insights from the Dinova marketplace include an exceptional 19 percent YOY increase in the Healthcare vertical, 16 percent YOY increase in Consumer Discretionary companies and 14 percent YOY in the Information Technology vertical.

“Dinova’s marketplace continues to thrive as we surpass the $5 billion milestone,” said Vic Macchio, founder and CEO of Dinova. “Between the trends we’re seeing in Fast-Casual and the increasing desire for unique and niche dining options, it is clear that restaurant diversity in our network is paying off.”

As business dining spend increases, Dinova continues to add an increasingly diverse group of restaurants to its more than 14,000 restaurant partners nationwide. “We are thrilled to add Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Fadó Irish Pub, and Chaya to our growing marketplace,” said Macchio.

"Part of the foundation of our culture has always been to partner with our local businesses and Dinova is a way for us to stay true to who we are while exposing our brand to new business guests,” said Chris Simms, founder and CEO of Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, a 19-unit casual dining chain operating in California, Nevada and Texas. “We are particularly excited for the opportunity to serve corporate card holders and offer them an exceptional dining experience and ‘go to’ place for meals during the work week. As a growing family founded restaurant group, we were looking for a partner that could grow with us as we expand into new markets and with Dinova’s national presence, we are confident they are the right fit.”

 

“In partnering with Dinova, we’re glad we have an extended opportunity to help businessmen and women across the nation end a long day with great food, drink and a little banter,” said John Piccirillo, director of marketing at Fadó Irish Pub. Fadó Irish Pub is a premier restaurant and pub with 13 locations across the U.S., and is known for its exceptional draft beer, creative cocktails, thoughtful dishes and embodiment of the Irish pub culture.

 

We are excited to now have all three of our restaurants with Dinova, and feel that this partnership is a win-win for us to expand our base of business clientele," said Rachel Pattison, Marketing Manager of the Chaya Restaurant Group, a Japanese-fusion concept in San Francisco, Venice Beach and Downtown Los Angeles. “We look forward to cultivating a close relationship with the Dinova team in order to grow our business at all three locations."

 

Research Study Takes a Fresh Look at Corporate Meal Expense Management

Atlanta (June 06, 2016) – Dinova LLC, along with The BTN Group, announced today the results of a new industry research study. The study shows that business dining is one of the more undermanaged areas of the corporate expense budget. The business dining spend represents roughly 10 percent of the average annual T&E spend, which offers the opportunity for significant cost savings efforts on the part of corporations nationwide.

According to the survey, 40 percent of respondents reported that his or her company spent $1 million or more on meals and entertainment in 2015. With the high amount of money rolling through corporate T&E on business dining spend, there’s an opening to better manage the expense.

Despite economic conditions that show consumer dining spend has decreased or remained flat, 39 percent of travel managers responding to this survey indicated that their business dining spend had increased in 2015. Forty-one percent of respondents said the increase in business dining spend was due to more volume of business meals purchased. And 19 percent of respondents also noted among buying trends, increased use of catering or large group carry-in orders.

The business dining expense comes in a variety of ways, including out-of-town travelers, marketing and events, client entertainment, internal business catering and private dining. When asked which restaurants are most frequented by business employees eating on expense accounts:

·        33 percent said fast-casual

·        34 percent said independent restaurants

·        16 percent said chain-dining establishments

·        14 percent said quick-service restaurants

When asked what percentage of meals and dining expenditures occur in employees’ home market(s) versus business travel, only 10 percent of respondents indicated that 50 percent or more meal expenses are at home while 29 percent indicate less than 10 percent of meal spend is in home markets.  In fact, 55 percent reported that the increase of travel to new destinations was one of the contributing factors for increased business dining spend.

Curiously, more than half of the organization’s respondents reported they have yet to focus on dining spend as an area of savings significance. And when it came to how often meal expenditures are reported to management:

·        39 percent said as requested by management

·        33 percent said monthly

·        14 percent said quarterly

·        6 percent said annually

·        20 percent said never

“With 80 percent of respondents indicating business dining expenses within their organization are reported to senior management, it’s advantageous for travel managers to reclaim a portion of the overall company dining spend,” said Vic Macchio Founder and CEO at Dinova. “We estimate the business dining spend to be around $60 billion, and the ability to manage this spend is critical in overall T&E savings. It’s found money!”

“The research illustrates that far too many corporations are missing opportunities for quantifiable savings on business dining expenses, given that 52 percent of respondents haven’t taken steps in the past two years to better manage this area and nearly a quarter couldn’t identify whether their 2015 costs had changed from 2014,” said Louis Magliaro, The BTN Group vice president and group publisher. “Leading companies are trying some very innovative tactics and we look forward to sharing more insights with our audience as this area matures.”        

In addition to the survey results, Dinova and The BTN Group will host a free webinar that will take a “Fresh Look a Corporate Meal Expense Management”. The webinar will take place Thursday, June 9, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will include speakers from companies such as Capital One, The Boeing Company, Liberty Mutual and Dinova.

For more information about the webinar, visit https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1105879&sti=Dinova

The survey gathered responses from 114 corporate travel, card or expense managers across various industries. For a copy of the full white paper, please reach out to the media contact.

Dinova Business Dining Marketplace Up 6.9 Percent in Q1 2016

Corner Bakery and Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Join Dinova

Atlanta (May 23, 2016) – Dinova LLC, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace  exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced today that business spending in Dinova network restaurants increased 6.9 percent in Q1 2016, with a 4.9 percent growth in transactions and average check values up 2.0 percent over Q1 2015*. 

Business guests were a critical driver for industry-wide sales, as overall U.S. restaurant same-store sales plunged into negative growth territory during the same period, according to Black Box Intelligence – a TDn2K company.  Conversely, participating Dinova restaurants enjoyed an average 13.2 percent increase over Q1 2015 in spending from Dinova business diners, due to the overall growth of Dinova’s business dining marketplace as well as behavior changes in spending by client companies.

“As a national marketplace with $4 billion of business dining spend under management, we now have the opportunity to see unique trends and patterns specific to our business dining segment,” said Vic Macchio, Founder and CEO of Dinova. “As industry reports reveal consumer traffic is slowing, our trends clearly show that business dining drives more traffic and profits for restaurants participating in our marketplace.   There’s significant value for restaurants that understand the unquestionable value business diners bring, and how to leverage Dinova as the channel to access them.”

In addition to positive growth numbers, Dinova signed two notable restaurant chains as well as 183 local independent restaurants to the network in Q1, offering businesses a wide range of unique choices for their business travelers, private dining and events, and catering options in cities all across the country. 

Corner Bakery, a fast-casual restaurant serving guests in 24 states and Washington D.C., and Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, offering full service restaurants located in 30 states, are two of the latest national chain restaurants to join Dinova.

“The relationship with Dinova is a perfect match for us to reach the expense account diner,” said Paul Hicks, SVP of Operations Services & Brand Development at Corner Bakery Café. “As the world of business and dining changes, it is great to know that there are companies, like Dinova, revolutionizing the industry.”

“Dinova’s one-of-a-kind marketplace allows us to tap into the potential that is the business diner,” said Nicole Roope, Director of Marketing at Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. “We see our partnership with Dinova as another step in exposing our brand to those future guests that have not had a chance to experience our restaurants.”

In addition to the 100+ new local restaurants joining the network, Dinova also continues to expand relationships with existing restaurant groups who add new restaurant locations and concepts to Dinova’s growing business dining marketplace.  One such restaurant is Murphy’s, a long-standing hub of Atlanta’s Virginia Highland neighborhood and the choice destination for visitors seeking the best of the city’s dining and nightlife.

"We are excited to have our neighborhood gem promoted to business diners and event planners across the country,” said Tom Murphy, founder and CEO. “We believe this is a great way to cultivate our business which is why we’ve added a third restaurant into the Dinova network. We see this to be a growth opportunity and look forward to continuing our relationship with Dinova."

*Values based on 2016 first quarter include February 29, 2016.

Dinova Launches myDinova:

The Only Program Enabling Millions of Corporate Employees to Earn Personal Rewards on Business Dining Expenses

ATLANTA – March 15, 2016 – Dinova LLC, the only platform solely focused on connecting expense account diners with quality restaurants nationwide, today launched myDinova, a one-of-a-kind rewards program exclusively for corporate employees. myDinova is the only rewards program where business diners can earn personal rewards for their business meals and entertainment expenses – whether eating out on the road while traveling, buying meals for training and events, catering meetings, or entertaining clients.  

 


myDinova works just like other corporate programs where employees get rewarded for concentrating their business at a preferred airline, hotel, or car rental provider. myDinova offers personal rewards on company meals and entertainment expenses when employees concentrate their spending with restaurants in the Dinova network.

 

myDinova is the only rewards program that allows employees to accrue personal rewards in the course of their everyday business dining activities, with the support and approval of their company,” said Dinova founder and CEO Vic Macchio. “Whether it’s colleagues talking about a project over lunch at a restaurant near the office, the road warrior eating three meals a day while traveling, or a sales executive taking a client out for a nice dinner, any reimbursable business meal scenario is an opportunity for employees to earn personal rewards. With myDinova, these employees are motivated to visit company-preferred Dinova network restaurants to gain personal rewards.”

myDinova Works for Employees, Companies, and Restaurants

myDinova is easy for employees at companies in Dinova’s network. A quick sign-up process at the myDinova website securely registers the individual’s corporate credit card. Then they simply eat at any of Dinova’s 13,000+ network restaurants and use their corporate credit card as they normally would. There are three ways for employees to earn myDinova points:

·         Dining activity - For every $1 spent in Dinova network restaurants, employees earn 1 point.      

·         Network loyalty bonus – If at least 25 percent of an employee’s restaurant visits are in-network in a given month, they will earn an additional 25 percent bonus on in-network spend. If at least 50 percent of restaurant visits are in-network, then the employee earns 50 percent more bonus points on in-network spend.

·         Special offers/promotions - Occasionally Dinova offers certain promotions to reward employees for dining at specific restaurants. When employees take advantage of such offers, they automatically receive the points offered with that promotion.

Points are applied in real-time, and gift cards to Dinova network restaurants can be requested once the employee surpasses certain point thresholds. Gift cards are delivered to employees electronically or via mail.

myDinova benefits all parties involved,” said Macchio. “Individuals build up reward points on business dining expenses. Dinova network restaurants gain new and more frequent expense-account patrons with both local employees and business travelers now motivated to dine at these establishments more frequently. And companies in the Dinova network benefit by receiving savings in the form of monthly rebates.”

Rewards-driven programs are historically popular with corporate employees, with suppliers in the air, car, and hotel industry typically gaining repeat business from loyal customers using their corporate credit cards for reimbursable expenses.

·         A Loyology survey found that 75% of respondents agreed they would like to have one rewards program membership that is honored at multiple restaurant chains. myDinova rewards can be redeemed at a broad range of restaurants, from fast-casual to fine dining establishments.

“Rewards programs clearly influence behavior, particularly in the business environment. Employees are conditioned to plot scenarios to earn personal points for flights and hotel stays, and they often accumulate those rewards using company-preferred airlines and hotels,” said Macchio. “myDinova – the only dining rewards program targeted exclusively at corporate employees - is the logical extension, enabling staff to follow company reimbursement guidelines on meals and entertainment and earn rewards for their personal restaurant use at the same time.”

 

Business Dining Marketplace Up 7.1 Percent in 2015

Dinova Now Influences More Than $4 Billion in Restaurant Spending

ATLANTA – March 2, 2016 – Dinova LLC, the only platform exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, reported today that business spending in restaurants increased 7.1 percent in 2015, with a 4.5 percent growth in transactions and average check values up 3.75 percent over 2014.  Business guests were clearly critical to driving industry-wide sales to positive territory, as overall US restaurant sales grew only 1.6% in the same period (according to TDn2K Black Box Intelligence).

Dinova had a milestone year in 2015, as the addition of numerous companies to the network helped Dinova surpass $4 billion in dining spend influence. Dinova signed notable restaurant chains and a broad array of local independents to the network, offering businesses a wide range of unique choices for business travelers, private dining and events, and catering options in cities all across the country. 

“Dinova’s marketplace is thriving, and continues to drive double digit, profitable growth for us every year,” said Dinova founder and CEO Vic Macchio.  With that growth, Dinova expects to nearly double its staff in the next 18 months. The company hired two prominent executives to its management team in 2015, enhancing the digital marketing and technology operations targeted at driving more engagement from all parties in the Dinova marketplace.

Mark Hooper – Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Hooper leads Dinova’s technology team, focusing on extending and scaling the company’s technology capabilities to support Dinova’s exponential business growth. A veteran travel industry executive, Mr. Hooper has 26 years of experience leading IT teams and technological innovation for American Airlines, Sabre Holdings, Travelocity, GetThere, and GroundLink. He also served as Senior Vice President of System Engineering and Architecture at Iron Mountain.

Rhonda Hills – Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Hills joined Dinova to build and lead the company’s marketing organization, focusing on building the Dinova brand, driving awareness and engagement to Dinova’s proprietary marketplace, and stimulating revenue growth for the company. After 20 years of driving demand and user engagement for Internet and digital businesses, Ms. Hills is well versed in positioning and scaling innovative and disruptive businesses. Previously, Ms. Hills served in executive leadership roles at BLiNQ Media, Sears Holdings, Cox Enterprises, and AOL.

“We are thrilled to bring seasoned executives like Mark and Rhonda into our organization. The investments we are making in technology, marketing and experienced people will keep the momentum going in 2016,” said Macchio. “All the indicators point to a substantial year of growth, both for Dinova and the business dining segment we uniquely serve.”

Company Holiday Cheer Drives Restaurant Profits in December

The storyline of business dining buttressing overall restaurant growth flows through fourth quarter figures as well as year-long metrics. Industry-wide restaurant sales rose only 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter. In comparison, fourth quarter business dining was up 7.4 percent over 2014.

Holiday meals and entertainment spending by companies was vital for the industry in December, boosting revenues amid reduced transient traffic. Companies spent 6.6 percent more in U.S. restaurants than in 2014, with the average check up 4.8 percent. This contrasts to restaurant statistics shared by TDn2K Black Box Intelligence, reporting that the industry’s overall sales were up only 0.6 percent as traffic actually decreased by 2.1 percent over December 2014 figures.

“With $4 billion dollars under management, we are now at the scale to see unique trends and patterns specific to our business dining segment,” said Vic Macchio. “With consumer traffic lagging, these trends clearly tell a tale of business dining driving more traffic and profits for restaurants participating in the Dinova marketplace. I see blue skies ahead for restaurants that understand the unquestionable value business diners bring, and how to leverage Dinova as the channel to access them.”

Dinova: Business Restaurant Spending in Third Quarter Outperforms Overall Market

ATLANTA – November 17, 2015 – Dinova LLC reported today that corporate spending in restaurants increased 9.7 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015, with a 5.8 percent growth in transactions and average checks up 3.75 percent over the same period last year.

The strong corporate spending in restaurants is in contrast to the limited growth of the restaurant industry as a whole. A recent TDn2K Black Box Intelligence Report showed that overall restaurant sales grew only 1.5 percent and traffic declined by 1.3 percent in third quarter (compared to second quarter).

“The healthy business segment is not only outperforming the overall market, but clearly compensating for lackluster results in consumer dining segments.  In the current business climate, corporate restaurant traffic drives profits and keeps most metrics positive,” said Vic Macchio, founder and CEO of Dinova. “Corporate guests are increasing average check sizes and delivering high margin business to restaurants.”

Dinova influences more than $3 billion annually in meals and entertainment expenses through its corporate client network which includes more than one-third of America’s 100 highest-travel-spending companies. Dinova’s 13,000+ nationwide restaurant network includes local independents as well as national full-service and limited-service restaurant chains, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.

 Business Travel Industry Statistics Confirm Restaurant Spend Increases

Third quarter statistics revealed by several travel-focused companies offer foundational elements supporting the healthy corporate dining figures Dinova reported today. Sabre, a leading travel distribution service provider that supports the majority of corporate travel agencies in the U.S., reported a six percent increase in North American bookings, driven primarily by business travel. Hyatt Hotels also reported strong third quarter corporate sales, echoing reports from other leading hotel chains that the third quarter had an increased number of hotel bookings from business travelers. The Global Business Travel Association also cited a growing number of day and group trips by business travelers in recent months.

“Companies are putting their people on the road to service existing customers and win new business,” said Macchio. “The current climate serves restaurant owners and marketers well, particularly those that have invested in building relationships with corporations that are increasingly steering their employees and event planners to preferred restaurants.”

Holiday Season Forecast: Corporate Event Spend On The Rise

The momentum from the third quarter also bodes well for a lucrative fourth quarter for restaurants that host or cater corporate holiday events. “All signs indicate that companies are likely to book more events to celebrate customers and bring employees together this December. We project December spending by corporations on meals and entertainment to increase eight to eleven percent over last year,” said Macchio. In December 2014, corporate spending increased nine percent over the prior year.

“We are taking a number of steps to engage with corporate event planners this holiday season,” said Dan Drummond, chief marketing officer of Bar Louie, a Dinova restaurant partner. "Beyondon-site collateral, we've leveraged the access Dinova provides to event planners to increase awareness that we have great locations and can easily accommodate groups of all sizes." Bar Louie, which recently openedits 102nd location in the U.S., reports that guests from Dinova's client network spend 68 percent more on average than regular guests.

 

Dinova: Corporations Spending More at Restaurants

Second Quarter Results Provide Good News for Industry Experiencing Traffic Slowdowns in Transient Dining

ATLANTA, July 26, 2015 -- Dinova LLC reported today that overall restaurant spending by its corporate clients grew 3.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2015, enhancing restaurant revenue and traffic across the U.S. Dinova's corporate clients recorded 4.1 percent more dining transactions in the second quarter, a positive figure that helped counteract negative overall traffic trends. According to TDn2K's Black Box Intelligence Report, overall transient restaurant traffic dropped 1.7 percent in the second quarter.   

Dinova's clients, which include more than one-third of America's highest-travel-spending companies, spend $3 billion on catering and dining annually. So far this year, Dinova has added more than 40 large corporations and hundreds of smaller companies – which cumulatively spend more than $500 million on dining every year - to its client roster. Dinova's nationwide restaurant network includes more than 12,000 independent and chain restaurants, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.

GBTA Revisions, Hotel Reports Foreshadow Positive Corporate Dining Traffic

New projections shared by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation support this trend identified by Dinova's statistical analysis of sales reports. Revised GBTA data projects overall U.S. corporate travel expenditures to jump nearly five percent over 2014 totals, surpassing $300 billion. Looking farther ahead, GBTA anticipates 2016 corporate spend increasing 5.4 percent to $319 billion.

Restaurant owners should also be enthused by GBTA's revised corporate group travel outlook, which sees group trip volume growing nearly one percent this year and leaping more than three percent in 2016. "Economic fundamentals remain strong," said GBTA executive director Michael McCormick. "Business travel will continue to have positive momentum as we move toward 2016."

On the lodging front, TravelClick's Hotel Industry Outlook shows that advance hotel bookings for the year ahead are up more than three percent, even with average rates up nearly five percent.

"All the indicators regarding business dining and catering are positive for restaurants, particularly those that are engaged with Dinova clients," said Vic Macchio, founder and CEO of Dinova. "What's more, corporations are steering their travelers and the admins that book private dining towards Dinova network restaurants at a greater rate than ever.  So far this year, dining by Dinova clients at Dinova network restaurants is up 10 percent, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Dinova program for corporations and restaurants alike."

By shifting more spending to preferred suppliers – including Dinova network restaurants - companies gain more value from the employee travel expenses they incur. Dinova's corporate clients get a monthly rebate on their dining spend at Dinova network restaurants. Dinova will showcase its network to more than seven thousand corporate travel industry professionals at the annual GBTA conference in Orlando on July 26-29 at booth number 565.

 

Dinova: Corporate Dining Remains Strong in First Quarter

Spend Gains Reflect Steady Traffic Growth from U.S. Companies

ATLANTA, May 26, 2015-- Dinova LLC reported today that overall restaurant spending by its corporate clients grew 5.5 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015, helping restaurants overcome sluggish traffic from transient customers. Dinova's corporate clients recorded 3.4 percent more dining transactions in the first three months of 2015, a positive figure that contrasts against an overall industry traffic decrease of 0.6 percent, as reported by TDn2K's Black Box Intelligence.   

Dinova's clients, which include more than one-third of America's highest-travel-spending companies, spend more than $2.5 billion on catering and dining annually. Dinova's nationwide restaurant network includes more than 12,000 independent and chain restaurants, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.

Statistics released by the Global Business Travel Association in April support trends Dinova sees regarding corporate spending. GBTA projects the number of domestic business trips in 2015 will jump 1.7 percent to 492.1 million trips – a marked increase after three quarters with minimal changes in GBTA's forecast. GBTA anticipates overall U.S. business travel spend to grow 3.1 percent to $295.7 billion in 2015. GBTA's executive director concluded, "Thanks to a healthier domestic economy and a stronger U.S. dollar, companies are putting more travelers on the road."

"Menu inflation certainly has a role in driving higher sales, but it is the rise in business travelers on the road that helps restaurants counter bad weather, weak traffic or other negative factors," said Vic Macchio, founder and CEO of Dinova. "There is nothing restaurant owners like better than more guests using corporate credit cards, and the current environment is facilitating just that."

Dinova Restaurants Gain as Corporations Guide Road Warriors to Network Locations

Restaurants in Dinova's network benefit from these trends, via both increased traffic and higher average check totals from guests carrying corporate credit cards.

A New York restaurant group, which includes Brasserie Ruhlmann, Le Colonial and Orsay, has been in the Dinova network since 2009. The number of cumulative transactions from Dinova corporate clients at these three restaurants grew more than 70 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, with these diners' usually spending significantly more than typical guests.

"Our average check from Dinova clients increased 16 percent to more than $200 in the first quarter," said Bernard Collin of Brasserie Ruhlmann, an upscale restaurant located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. "Dinova has unquestionably increased our visibility to business travelers and the administrative staff typically making dining reservations for executives."

Dinova: U.S. Companies Spent 5.6 Percent More in Restaurants in 2014

Dinova Network Restaurants See Huge Holiday Dining Spike; 2015 Forecast is Promising

ATLANTA – March 2, 2015 – Dinova LLC reported today that overall restaurant spending by American companies grew 5.6 percent year-over-year in 2014. Corporations also dined out more often; transaction volume was up 3.6 percent in 2014. Data was gleaned from Dinova’s clients, which include more than one-third of the country’s highest-travel-spending companies and spend more than $2.5 billion annually on dining and catering.  

With restaurants registering impressive overall fourth quarter and December gains, corporate spending led the way. Companies spent nine percent more than in December 2013, registering a six percent increase in transaction volume. TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence reported that same-store sales grew 3.1 percent in December, the best month on record since January 2012.

From the perspective of Dinova network restaurants, December was a landmark month. After a concerted marketing effort by Dinova staff and influencers within corporations, Dinova’s clients spent 130 percent more at Dinova network restaurants during the holiday season than in 2013. (Dinova’s clients gain more value from their dining spend when they steer more in-house catering and travelers to Dinova network restaurants.) Dinova’s overall fourth quarter numbers were consistent with full-year results.

“Looking across 2014, corporate dining helped keep restaurants afloat during the weather-challenged first quarter, and consistently delivered steady business as the economy improved and more companies put travelers on the road,” said Dinova founder and CEO Vic Macchio. “Interestingly, the increases we saw in October and November did not mirror the larger growth of transient dining spend. Corporate dining, at its base, is steady and predictable, and restaurants with access to corporate event planners and travel managers enjoy a less volatile planning environment. These restaurants are less susceptible to the economic damage that can be done by weather-related events or energy issues.”

Dinova connects restaurants and corporations in a nationwide network, driving valuable business dining to restaurants and enabling corporations to reduce travel and entertainment expenses. Dinova’s network includes more than 12,000 independent and chain restaurants, encompassing all price levels and cuisines.

DINOVA NETWORK RESTAURANTS PROJECTED TO SEE GAINS IN 2015

Turning to the corporate dining spend forecast for 2015, Dinova anticipates growth ranging from five to 8.5 percent from its corporate clients. The Global Business Travel Association projects that U.S. business travel spend will increase 6.2 percent to more than $310 billion, with overall trips increasing by nearly two percent. The National Restaurant Association anticipates overall restaurant sales in the U.S. will grow 3.8 percent in 2015, exceeding $709 billion.

“All these road warriors need to eat, whether it be a quick breakfast on the go or a private dining event for clients,” said Macchio. “With airfares and hotel rates also on the rise, companies are increasingly aggressive about leveraging their dining spend, using more Dinova network restaurants, and maximizing the value of the spending done by travelers and event planners.”

DINOVA EXPRESS ENHANCES RESTAURANT EXPOSURE TO CORPORATE EVENT PLANNERS

Dinova is launching a new program to give its network restaurants access to event and meeting planners at the headquarters and regional offices of its corporate client base. On March 3 in New York City, Dinova will conduct its first “Dinova Express” tour, an excursion that will bring event planners from seven prominent companies – cumulatively representing more than $41 million in annual dining spend - to multiple Dinova network restaurants with private dining facilities.

“It can be difficult to reach planners inside corporations who often make decisions about where executive groups will eat on a given night,” said Kris Moon, senior director, strategy and development at the James Beard House. “Dinova’s ability to facilitate access to these influential employees is a prime reason for our participation in their network.” The James Beard House offers an impressive dining environment featuring a roster of rotating guest chefs who create unique tasting menus for one night only and which are enjoyed both by individuals and groups. The James Beard House will be part of the March 3 event.

ABOUT DINOVA:

Dinova LLC (www.dinova.com) connects restaurants and corporations in a nationwide network, driving valuable business dining to restaurants and enabling corporations to reduce travel and entertainment expenses. Automation makes the process seamless to both diner and restaurateur, with no loyalty cards or key entries required. Dinova is headquartered in Johns Creek, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.

 

Dinova’s Vic Macchio Named Among Corporate Travel’s 25 Most Influential Executives

First-Ever Executive Tied to Restaurant Industry to be Named to Prestigious List

ATLANTA – December 15, 2014 – Business Travel News (BTN), a leading travel industry trade publication, named Dinova CEO and founder Vic Macchio to its 25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives list for 2014. Citing five-year-old Dinova’s progress in “achieving critical mass and securing one-third of America’s highest travel-spending companies as clients,” BTN honored Mr. Macchio, along with other industry executives, at an event in New York City earlier this month.

Mr. Macchio’s inclusion is noteworthy as it marks the first time in the 30-year history of BTN that an executive linked to the restaurant industry has been named to the Most Influential list.

Dinova connects the 12,000-plus restaurants in its network with a growing roster of corporate clients. By helping companies steer their road warriors and event planners to Dinova network restaurants, Dinova helps travel programs gain previously unattainable value and savings from their dining spend. Restaurants in Dinova’s network gain from increased traffic from its corporate clients; sales driven by Dinova clients at network restaurants have increased by eight percent this year. Dinova’s clients cumulatively spend more than $2 billion on dining annually.

Dinova CEO Vic Macchio, right, receives a plaque from Business Travel News publisher Louis Magliaro, highlighting Mr. Macchio’s selection to BTN’s 25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2014 list.

“This honor is a testament to several years of hard work by the Dinova team, as we’ve successfully introduced and proven a new business model to both corporations and restaurants,” said Mr. Macchio. “It also is a milestone for the many Dinova clients who grasped the new concept of corporate dining spend management, and are continually taking steps to educate their travelers and event planners about the benefits of using preferred Dinova network restaurants.”

Mr. Macchio launched Atlanta-based Dinova in 2009 after a successful period as a travel industry consultant. Before his consultancy, he held a variety of executive roles during a 17-year career with American Express. Mr. Macchio, a New York native, is a graduate of Queens College and holds an MBA from Villanova University. He lives with his wife and two sons in John’s Creek, GA.

ABOUT DINOVA:

Dinova LLC (www.dinova.com) connects restaurants and corporations in a nationwide network, driving valuable business dining to restaurants and enabling corporations to reduce travel and entertainment expenses. Automation makes the process seamless to both diner and restaurateur, with no loyalty cards or key entries required. Dinova is headquartered in Johns Creek, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.

 



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“We’re always pushing to keep costs down,” says Chef John Mooney, of Bell, Book & Candle in New York City and Bidwell in Washington, D.C. “We do like to use superior quality, but we also try to minimize waste, so we don’t throw away anything. Just passing that onto sourcing is just an important part of what we already do." Read more...

Published December 21, 2016

Despite Downturn, Dinova Sees Increase

This increase comes after restaurant traffic as a whole is down for 2016; casual dining alone fell as much as eight percent from 2015. As 2016 comes to a close, Dinova has brought more than 700 new restaurant locations into its marketplace as it continues to add increasingly diverse restaurant concepts to its more than 14,000 restaurant locations nationwide... Read more

Published December 20, 2016

Dinova Restaurants Enjoy 13.6 Percent Sales Increase

Dinova LLC, the only innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide, announced a third quarter year-over-year increase of 13.6 percent by corporate enterprises in its preferred restaurant network. This increase comes after restaurant traffic as a whole is down for 2016... Read more

 

Published December 11, 2016

Veggie Grill is a must try for Healthy Business Travelers

We all know how hard it can be to find freshly prepared, healthy food on the road. This task is even harder for vegan travelers or those just trying to eat more vegetables as part of their diet. For this reason, we are so excited to tell you about a healthy West Coast fast food restaurant chain called Veggie Grill. Even meat lovers will love and appreciate the offerings at Veggie Grill (don’t believe us- check out their Beyond Burger, which was recently featured in Forbes)... Read more

Published in print November 2016

Products and Services

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Published October 14, 2016

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Published September 22, 2016

BTN's 2016 Corporate Travel 100

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Published September 19, 2016

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Corporate Dining Expenses Go Largely Unchecked

Posted June 7, 2016

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Let’s do Lunch: Business Meals Becoming Big Expenses

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Posted May, 2016

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Posted May 12, 2016

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“As an operator, it’s win-win-win situation,” Pogrebin told Modern Restaurant Management magazine. “I’ve found the more I spend on Dinova, the more guests spend here at Tommy Bahama. Expense account diners have high check averages and Dinova makes the process simple for staff and guests because there are no special procedures.” Read more...

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Posted MAR 28, 2016

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Posted MAR 24, 2016

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Posted MAR 18, 2016

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Posted MAR 3, 2016

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Posted MAR 2, 2016

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Posted FEB 19, 2016

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Posted NOV 17, 2015

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Posted NOV 17, 2015

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Meritor has been in the Dinova network since 2012.

Meritor has been in the Dinova network since 2012.

RESTAURANT MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS DINOVA’S 2015 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS ON BUSINESS DINING SPEND

Posted NOV 17, 2015

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Nation’s Restaurant News Highlights Dinova Report on Corporate Dining Trends

Posted: MAR 3rd, 2015

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Social Vinings Named VBA Business of Year

Posted: JAN 9th, 2015

One of Dinova's restaurant partners, Social Vinings, was named as 2014 Business of the Yearby the Vinings Business Association.  Read more...


VIC MACCHIO NAMED AMONG THE 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS TRAVEL EXECUTIVES

Posted: DEC 8th, 2014

Dinova joins a distinct and respected collection of global brands in the prestigious BTN Top 25 list. Executives from Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Marriott, SAP, Oracle and Uber are among the other recipients.  Read more…


RESTAURANT MANAGERS SHARE TIPS ON WHAT BUSINESS DINERS LOOK FOR

Posted: DEC 8th, 2014

Restaurant Hospitality magazine discusses the multiple elements corporate travelers and event planners consider as they consider a restaurant for a business meal. Read more…


RESTAURANTS CITE GROWING TRAFFIC FROM BUSINESS TRAVELERS; DINOVA METRICS HIGHLIGHTED

Posted: DEC 3rd, 2014

Restaurant Hospitality magazine kicks off a series on business dining by focusing on the growing traffic restaurateurs are seeing from corporations. Dinova CEO Vic Macchio is quoted, and Dinova performance statistics are included in the story. Read more…


DINOVA REPORTS CORPORATE DINING SPEND UP 7.1 PERCENT IN 3Q; FORECASTS GREATER INCREASE FOR HOLIDAYS                                                                  

Posted: DEC 2nd, 2014

Dinova’s third quarter results continued a trend seen in the first half of 2014; corporate travelers are dining out more often, and spending more when they do. Read more…


BUCA DI BEPPO & PHILIPS SHARE CORPORATE TALES OF DINING SUCCESS

Posted: OCT 9th, 2014

Dinova invited a restaurant partner (Buca di Beppo) and a corporate client (Philips) to share their success stories with Business Travel News, a leading business travel trade publication. The article also discusses Dinova’s growth over the past five years. Read more…


DINOVA LISTS TOP NETWORK RESTAURANTS FOR CORPORATE DINING
POSTED: SEP 18TH, 2014

For the first time, Dinova shares three “Top 10” lists, detailing which of its nationwide network restaurant partners–including national chains, independents, and regional restaurant groups–are earning the most business from Dinova's growing roster of corporate clients. Read more…


CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL SHARES THE GOOD NEWS; CORPORATE DINING UP 8.3% IN SECOND QUARTER
POSTED: JUL 21ST, 2014

The leading business-focused publication in Chicago shares Dinova’s news, showcasing the surge in corporate dining by Dinova clients in the second quarter and the positive trends CEO Vic Macchio sees for the rest of 2014. Read more…


MOBILE REAL ESTATE ZONE TOUTS DINOVA'S ENHANCED APP; DRAWS CONNECTION BETWEEN RESTAURANT AND REAL ESTATE SEARCH TECHNOLOGIES
POSTED: JUL 16TH, 2014

This article makes a relevant correlation between two industries where “location, location, location” is frequently the key component of eventual success. Read more…


BOSTON.COM HIGHLIGHTS DINOVA'S ENHANCED MOBILE APP; HELPING ROAD WARRIORS FIND PREFERRED RESTAURANTS
POSTED: JUL 16TH, 2014

The Boston Globe’s website picks up Dinova’s press release, sharing details about how the enhanced app makes it easier than ever for business travelers and event planners to locate Dinova network restaurants in their immediate vicinity or close to the location of their next corporate meeting. Read more…


RESTAURANT NEWS.COM FEATURE FOCUSES ON CORPORATE DINING AND DINOVA'S ATTRIBUTES FOR RESTAURANTS
POSTED: JUN 11TH, 2014

This well-researched story takes on the challenges restaurants face when marketing in B2B scenarios. The author highlights the operational benefits restaurants realize from a Dinova relationship: “This program does not distract from quality service initiatives…all the work is done on the back-end.” Read more…


RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE: CORPORATE DINING SOARS
POSTED: MAY 28TH, 2014

Taking the lead from Dinova’s 1Q 2014 press release, this article openly suggests that restaurant marketing executives focus more on strategies to lure “the expense account crowd.” Read more…


DINOVA REPORTS CORPORATE DINING UPSWING IN 1Q 2014
POSTED: MAY 20TH, 2014

Corporate dining increase helps restaurant industry endure harsh 1Q weather; Dinova CEO Macchio sees trend continuing. Read more…


JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION WELCOMES DINOVA
POSTED: MAY 20TH, 2014

The Foundation celebrates America’s culinary heritage; hails Dinova for helping “make the intersection of dining and business more productive.” Read more…


ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF DINOVA'S RESTAURANT PARTNERS AND CORPORATE CLIENTS
POSTED: APR 25TH, 2014

Article from Atlanta’s business-focused publication includes quotes from Dinova restaurant partners (Fifth Group, Sedgwick Group), corporate client Lockheed Martin, and the Georgia Restaurant Association. Read more…


WHITE PAPER: THE SHARE GAME, CRM AND B2B MARKETING
POSTED: MAR 12TH, 2014

Restaurants have found corporate dining programs to be cumbersome at best, and ineffective at worst.  Dinova offers a solution that is seamless and easy to implement.  Read more...


YAHOO FINANCE: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Spending by corporate clients at Dinova network restaurants grew 67% in 2013.  Read more... 


RESTAURANTNEWS.COM: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Dinova's corporate clients spent more at network restaurants in 2013, with midsize companies outpacing larger ones.  Read more...


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MARKETWATCH WEBSITE: MIDSIZE COMPANIES SPENDING MORE AT RESTAURANTS
POSTED: MAR 10TH, 2014

Dinova's client corporations ate out more often in 2013, and spent more money each time.  The average check difference was 25 to 60 percent higher than typical restaurant guests.  Read more...


BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS: DINOVA REPORTS CLIENT SPENDING GROWTH, STARTS PROGRAM WITH HARMAN
POSTED: FEB 4TH, 2014

Harman International discusses some of their plans for implementing the Dinova program within their company.  Read more...


NATION'S RESTAURANT NEWS: FINE DINING RESTAURANTS POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2014
POSTED: JAN 9TH, 2014

Dinova's statistics on corporate dining trends are included in this story on the fine-dining category.  Read more...


Dinova facts

  • Dinova is the only company providing an innovative, proprietary marketplace exclusively focused on connecting expense account diners to quality restaurants nationwide
  • By definition, “business dining” means any meal on a business corporate credit card that can be expensed, including meals purchased during business travel, food for company meetings and events, client entertainment, catering for internal department meetings, and corporate private dining
  • Dinova currently influences more than $6 billion in annual business dining spend
  • Dinova was founded in 2009 by CEO Vic Macchio (Mack-ē-oh)
  • Currently, Dinova has 14,000+ restaurant partners across the United States and growing
  • Restaurant segments included in the Dinova marketplace range from quick service, fast casual, casual, polished casual, fine dining, to delis and cafés. These restaurants encompass national and regional brands, large restaurant groups, and award winning independents

 

  • Companies that participate in Dinova’s marketplace range from small to medium sized businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises
  • Dinova has an easy-to-use mobile app that allows business diners to locate in-network restaurants while in town or on the road
  • Dinova employs individuals from all over the United States, and has its corporate headquarters in the Metro-Atlanta area
  • In 2016, Dinova won Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work” Award