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A Weston resident is the owner behind a new third-party food delivery business with a focus on local restaurants.
Daniel Lolobrigida Jr., who moved from Brazil to Canada in November 2018, developed Foodzinga — the latest competitor to rival similar companies such as Skip the Dishes, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.
Lolobrigida Jr., 33, moved to Winnipeg with his wife and two children after he was approved for a startup visa through the Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA).
MTA is a not-for-profit organization that provides mentorship and resources to aspiring business owners.
Lolobrigida Jr. explained why he decided to pursue this type of company.
"Because I heard about how much those companies charge the restaurants. We have the same services in Brazil but restaurants pay like 12 per cent, 10 per cent. Here in North America they pay 30, 35 per cent. That’s too much. So why don’t (we) make something cheaper, fair, and do the same job?" he said.
Foodzinga is currently operating as a pilot project, working with restaurants like Carlos and Murphy’s in Osborne Village to smooth out flaws, but the company will take full flight in the coming weeks, Lolobrigida Jr. said. Consumers can place orders on foodzinga.ca
Foodzinga provides low service fees, charging only seven per cent; some restaurants are able to reduce their delivery costs by up to 60 per cent by switching from their current third-party delivery partner to Foodzinga, according to Lolobrigida Jr.
The business has around 35 partner restaurants and 44 drivers but will slowly expand. The owner said he hopes to eventually extend Foodzinga’s services across Canada.
"I would like to see Winnipeg growing, maybe 100, 150 restaurants, and then start to move to Ontario," Lolobrigida Jr. said.
His startup visa application was approved in Vancouver as well but Lolobrigida Jr. said his family chose Winnipeg because it’s a small city.
"It’s hard to start a company in a new country but Winnipeg is a great city, the people are very kind, and we are very happy," he said. "I think Foodzinga will grow very, very fast."
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