FoodByUs hires John Petty for new People & Talent Manager role

John Petty, Talent & People manager, FoodByUs

FoodByUs, an online hospitality marketplace that connects restaurants, cafes, and caterers with thousands of wholesale food and alcohol suppliers, appointed John Petty to the newly created role of people & talent manager. John will play an integral role in the growth and development of the FoodByUs team which has grown by 40% in the past twelve months.

John joins from hospitality business, FunLab, whose venues include Strike Bowling Bar, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Holey Moley Golf Club, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq and B. Lucky & Sons, where he was part of the people & culture team as the national talent manager.

What prompted creation of the new role at FoodByUs?

The role was created in response to an impressive year of business where the company experienced 40% YoY growth, completed a $10M Series A funding round, expanded its operation into Brisbane, and furthered its position as the ‘one stop shop’ for hospitality procurement adding alcohol and general supplies to the online marketplace.

Managing director and cofounder of FoodByUs, Ben Lipschitz, said, “I am thrilled to welcome John Petty to the FoodByUs team. John has a deep understanding of the connection between the end to end recruitment process and the subsequent development and streamlining of systems, procedures and process, to manage a larger and growing team.”

“We’re proud of the culture that we have built at FoodByUs. John’s appointment is critical in ensuring that we grow & maintain our culture alongside the rapid growth of our team.”

What does John bring to FoodByUs in his new role?

John Petty, Talent & People manager, FoodByUs, said, “My expertise in the industry spans many years across client facing and service based roles, which has allowed me to hone in on my true passion of training, coaching and inspiring others on their hospitality career path.”

“I am very passionate about the industry and, to be honest, wasn’t actively looking for a role. But, from my first call with Ben I felt a connection with the purpose of the business.”

“The team couldn’t have been more welcoming, and it is great to be part of a team where everyone has a sense of purpose when it comes to work and what we’re trying to achieve.”

“For anyone thinking about joining the FoodByUs team, DO IT, you will not look back. You will be joining a company where you are celebrated for being you and rewarded for hard work.”

What makes FoodByUs a unique industry player?

Founded by Ben Lipschitz, Tim Chandler, and Gary Munitz (Menulog cofounder), FoodByUs is a marketplace that provides a free, procurement shop for small-medium sized venues.

Through the power of the marketplace, independent venues can search and compare hundreds of thousands of products, with transparent and consistent pricing, no credit applications, and access to the purchasing power normally reserved for larger businesses.

The platform goes further as a hospitality procurement solution, allowing for digital issue resolution, full cost reporting and even automatically pushes all invoices into Xero.

At a time when support for the hospitality industry is more critical than ever, FoodByUs is delivering a much-needed B2B (business-to-business) tech platform that helps venues in the one area that challenges every business in the industry – procurement.

Backed by global marketplace investor F J Labs and Macquarie Capital, the company counts Global Food & Wine Distribution, Superior Food Service and Foodlink as supply partners, catering to venues such as Sydney’s Bistro Rex and Charlie & Frankie’s Café and Catering.