Pizza Hut, in partnership with Beyond Meat, is the first restaurant chain in the United States to offer pizza featuring plant-based faux meat toppings nationwide following the recent introduction of Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza and the Great Beyond Pizza. The new products are also available at select Pizza Hut outlets in London, England, as part of a limited-time promotion.
“The authentic taste comes from the high quality ingredients used, including a mix of classic Italian herbs and spices like garlic, onion, paprika and fennel seeds,” states a press release from the Plano, Texas-headquartered subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. The Beyond Pan Pizzas were co-created by the Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut culinary teams to deliver the signature taste of Pizza Hut’s Italian pork sausage, but in a plant-based option.
“I’d challenge anyone to go try the products and tell the difference. I shared it with friends and family, and they couldn’t. “The Beyond Italian Sausage is rich and juicy,” said David Graves, Pizza Hut’s chief brand officer.
“Our partnership with Pizza Hut is a category first and together we will continue to raise the bar on game changing product innovations. We’re thrilled to be on this journey with Pizza Hut that enables us to further increase access to better-for-you plant-based meat as we continue to expand our partnership with Yum! Brands,” said Ethan Brown, chief executive officer and founder of Beyond Meat.
About the Companies
Founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas, Pizza Hut operates nearly 18,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. Ed Segundo, California-headquartered Beyond Meat, founded in 2009, is one of the fastest growing food companies in the United States, offering a portfolio plant-based faux meats made without GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol. As of late September, it products were available at approximately 122,000 retail and foodservice outlets in over 80 countries.