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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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American fast food chain Burger King to set base in the Ethiopian market

ETHIOPIA – Burger King, the global fast food franchise has teamed up with Belayab Foods Production, owner of Pizza Hut chain restaurants to set up operations in Ethiopia. Founded in 1953, Burger King is one of the most visible and successful restaurant brands in the world, next to McDonald’s and Subway Sandwiches. Burger Kings official entry to Ethiopia comes amidst concerns that international brands being used in Ethiopia are operating in violation of intellectual property rights and in contrast to World Trade Organization rules and regulation which Ethiopia is in…

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Pizza Hut, KFC restaurants expand presence in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Dough Works limited, the franchise owner of Pizza Hut restaurants in Tanzania has opened its eighth outlet in the country at Mikocheni Plaza in Dar es Salaam. This comes barely a month after the franchisor opened two new Pizza Hut restaurants in the country last year, December. To expand its portfolio, Dough Works acquired the KFC franchise in October 2019 from Kuku Foods Tanzania, comprising of four restaurants in the country. In three months only, the KFC franchise saw a rapid expansion of two new outlets making a…

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Pizza Hut Pakistan operator partners GetSwift for last mile delivery

PAKISTAN – MCR Pvt. Ltd., operator of Pizza Hut franchises across Pakistan has selected delivery software provider GetSwift to support its last mile delivery network across the country. Pizza Hut was the first international restaurant franchise to enter Pakistan when it arrived in 1993. Pizza Hut has continued to expand across the country, making it arguably the largest restaurant chain in Pakistan. “Based on the success of GetSwift in other Yum Brands/Pizza Hut markets, GetSwift was a natural choice for us in Pakistan,” said Danyal Rashid, Executive Director of MCR.…

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