by JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
Foodies have become accustomed to having their cravings delivered conveniently at home, and many businesses have found growth through partnering with foodpanda and its convenient in-app services. For some entrepreneurs, it is a fulfillment of their dream to start serving their food brand to a wider customer base, enabled by foodpanda’s support that takes care of their orders and delivery without any worries.
Here are some of the partners sharing their entrepreneurship journey with the help of foodpanda and the convenience of online delivery:
Girly Bay Bulaong-Tingson’s love for food prompted her to open her food business in Bulacan. The college professor called it a leap of faith when she decided to open The Hive in October 2019 at the age of 24. Unfortunately, the pandemic hampered her operations, and she was soon having trouble financing her business and was thinking of closing down. It wasn’t until someone recommended foodpanda- and with the help of the app, Bulakenyos have since become familiar with her brand. From there she has since expanded operations to three outlets with one location in Bacoor, Cavite. Another two branches will open this November and by the end of Q1 2022, The Hive will have another 3 branches that will serve her cool concoctions.
“I used to rely on word of mouth and on my social media channels to promote The Hive. Now, when I meet people, they tell me that they always order from us using foodpanda. They even know that we are part of the Super Sundays and Mega Mondays promos. They are aware that we exist, because of foodpanda,” she shares.
Aside from her business success, she thanks foodpanda for being able to maintain her two employees, and was even able to hire more through her additional branches. “Because of this I have been able to help two families through the pandemic, and I will be able to help more.”
Delibites Concepts Corporation The Barefruit Group of Companies is a homegrown brand in General Santos City, which proudly puts to heart the province’s very own local products.. Hannah Mamon, who had a background in the fast food industry, wanted to start a business that would enable her to spend more time with her family so she set out to open her fruit shakes and smoothies business that focused on the exotic fresh produce that is available in GenSan such as langka and guyabano. Her initial foray into a mall space shut down, but with determination and faith, she got back into business and in the last 10 years has expanded her product
She values her partnership with foodpanda, as it has allowed her to grow into the digital space. ”We started with foodpanda in 2019 and currently around 130 stores are under foodpanda nationwide. It has helped us in terms of reaching our customers during the pandemic in the most efficient way. It even saves our stores inside the malls from closing. It also gave us opportunities to open cloud kitchens to cater more, and expand and reopen closed stores.” For her, the mission is to support local agriculture, and through her continued business success, she is ensuring that more farmers will benefit from supplying their fresh ingredients.
The food brand was founded to serve a need for late-night Cebuano mallers who would go to watch movies or play at a bowling alley. Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. (which already operated Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, and Harbour City at the time) came up with another dim sum restaurant brand with a fast-food idea as a solution. It was appropriately named Dimsum Break, a nod to the actual bowling term and the act of “taking a break,”, and of course- dim sum, for the kind of food they serve. Dimsum Break’s first branch started operating on February 12, 1996, with a unique setup that provides a convenient venue for people to enjoy fresh dim sum dishes, whether for a quick bite or to linger over a hearty full meal.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, as with most other businesses, it completely upended the landscape in which the brand was operating. “From relying heavily on dine-in customers as the main source of revenue, we found ourselves having to adapt to new ways of serving customers,” says Marketing Manager Kyra Velasco. They partnered with foodpanda as early as 2015, and when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, they were able to continue serving their customers by bringing their dimsum favorites to their doorstep. Velasco adds, “receiving orders through foodpanda ahead of time helps keep our store operations efficient.”
foodpanda is committed to partnering with entrepreneurs and helping them to reach their customers through efficient delivery service, and promos that bring excitement for the brand. Tap mo na yan, and try out the different cuisines from these homegrown brands and more! Visit foodpanda Instagram and foodpanda Facebook.for more information on foodpanda partner brands and to know more about great deals that are available on the app. Brands that want to increase their customer base through a value-driven partnership with foodpanda, can click on https://bit.ly/3C0sSyS and experience the same growth journey as other vendors who have signed up for the app.