Pizza Hut in Ghana finds new owner, Krispy Kreme Donuts opens inaugural store in Egypt

GHANA – American restaurant chain and international franchise, Pizza Hut, is set to relaunch in Ghana under new ownership. Melcom Group of Companies, a diverse business conglomerate, is set to acquire the franchise rights of the fast-food chain in the country. The acquisition will mark the entry of Melcom Group into the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business, expanding its business interest beyond retail, modern trade, plastic manufacturing, electronics assembly and travel. According to reports by Ghana News Agency, the pizza maker would be operated by one of the group’s subsidiaries,…

Read More

Pizza Hut to offer Indian customers ice cream, desserts following partnership with Hindustan Unilever

INDIA – Quick service restaurant Pizza Hut has partnered with Hindustan Unilever to introduce ice creams and desserts cross its owned and aggregator platforms.  As a result of the partnership, HUL’s Kwality Wall’s ice cream and desserts will now be added to Pizza Huts to dine-in as well as the delivery and takeaway menu.   With this partnership, Pizza Hut expects to increase its average order value by 10 percent for orders that have Kwality Wall’s ice cream and desserts, a joint statement said.   Pizza Hut and the Anglo-Dutch FMCG major Unilever, the parent company of HUL, have a similar global partnership across…

Read More

Global fast-food chains in African barely show progress in committing to animal welfare standards

AFRICA – Global Fast foods restaurants with operations in Africa have been put on the radar for not adhering to the same animal welfare standards put in place in markets abroad. Under the recently released ‘The Pecking Order 2021’, the food service operators have been ranked and awarded points across three main elements: corporate commitments, objectives and targets, and performance reporting. Based on their score, companies can sit in one of the six grades given ranging from ‘Very poor’ to ‘Leading’. The criteria underpinning ‘The pecking order’ methodology is based…

Read More

Chinese KFC and Pizza Hut targets to reduce 8,000 tons of non-biodegradable plastics annually in new sustainability drive

CHINA – Yum China – the operator of fast food chains including KFC in mainland China – has launched a raft of plastic reduction and sustainable packaging initiatives across its brands. As a result of these actions, Yum China says that it expects to see a reduction of approximately 8,000 tons in non-degradable plastics annually starting this year. According to Yum China, the initiatives are in line with the latest regulations in China, while also aligning with its company-wide packaging strategy, which includes the goal of a 30% reduction in…

Read More

Pizza Hut partners Beyond Meat to roll out sausage alternative across restaurant in US

US – American restaurant chain and international franchise, Pizza Hut has partnered with Beyond Meat to add a sausage alternative from the plant-based meat giant to its menus nationwide in the US. The restaurant chain’s new Beyond Pan Pizzas were co-created by culinary teams at Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut to deliver the taste of Pizza Hut’s Italian pork sausage in a meat-free option. According to a statement from Pizza Hut, the Great Beyond Pizza combines fresh veggie toppings with Beyond Italian Sausage, a plant-based meat alternative seasoned with Italian…

Read More

Beyond Meat partners with Yum China to popularize meat alternatives

CHINA – Beyond Meat has partnered with Yum China Holdings, the operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in mainland China to introduce its plant-based burger in the country. The partnership will debut Beyond Burger at select KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations in mainland China starting June 3 this year, in a collaboration that marks the launch of Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger in mainland China. KFC will offer the Beyond Burger as a 3-day limited time offer at five locations in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai…

Read More

Yum China acquires controlling stake in Chinese casual dining franchise business

CHINA – Yum China Holdings, the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell operator in mainland China has acquired a controlling interest in the Huang Ji Huang group, one of the leading Chinese-style casual dining franchise business.  Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Beijing, Huang Ji Huang has over 640 restaurants in China and internationally. The group operates primarily under a franchise model and its brand portfolio consists of “Huang Ji Huang,” an industry-leading simmer pot brand, as well as “San Fen Bao,” a newly launched Chinese fast food concept in…

Read More

Yum! Brands completes US$375m acquisition of The Habit Restaurants

USA – Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, has completed the acquisition of The Habit Restaurants, following the approval by The Habit Burger Grill stockholders. Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of units, acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of The Habit Burger Grill for US$14 per share in cash or a total of approximately US$375 million. Founded in California in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill offers a flavor-forward variety of made-to-order items including charburgers, hand-filleted and…

Read More

Yum! Brands moves corporate offices to green energy, reduces plastic waste

USA – Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell fast food chains has unveiled plans to move its corporate offices to renewable energy and sustainable packaging, and to intensify action on plastic waste. The fast food chain operator said that it will shift its corporate US offices in Louisville, Plano, Irvine and Chicago to 100% renewable energy and move all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2020. In addition, the company continues to advance its work on sustainable packaging with…

Read More

Ethiopian Cold Stone Creamery franchisee Belayab Foods opens new Pizza Hut outlet

ETHIOPIA – Belayab Foods Production PLC, franchise owner of Pizza Hut and Cold Stone Creamery brands in Ethiopia has opened outlets in Sar Bet, South West of Addis, foreseeing future expansion in neighbouring Djibouti. This follows its fast-growing Pizza Hut brands in Ethiopia, now operational in several locations around Addis Ababa, including in Morning Star Mall, Sarebet, Century Mall, CMC, Kazanchis and soon to open inside Bole International Airport. Owned by Aschalew Belay, a Chinese based Ethiopian entrepreneur, this will add to his interests in the hospitality sector, including owning…

Read More