Amano introduces savory animal-free enzyme as “climate conscious” Pizza enters the Australian Market

JAPAN/AUSTRALIA – Japanese food ingredients giant Amano Enzyme has released its latest animal-free enzyme solution for use in the plant protein industry. The company says that the enzyme dubbed Umamizyme Pulse is designed to use in a wide variety of plant protein products to produce a savory, umami flavor, similar to monosodium glutamate (MSG). Additionally, Amano notes the new ingredient also imparts kokumi “a sensation of richness and complexity” when used in foods.  “As consumer interest in plant-based proteins continues to grow, our customers are striving to develop more plant-based…

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EBRD, EU support puts Azerbaijani restaurant chain Pizza Mizza on a new growth pedestal

AZERBAIJAN – Pizza Mizza, an Azerbaijani restaurant, is on a new growth pedestal having benefitted from an EBRD advisory program that was sponsored by funds from the European Union. According to the company’s testimony the EU sponsored EBRD advisory project helped it boost brand awareness and customer loyalty and now the company prides itself with increased sales, more staff and a larger customer base of admirers of its Italian cuisine. Founded in 2014, the company grew its branches and employees steadily every year riding on the popularity of Pizza among…

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Canadian based fast food chain Pizza Nova debuts first-of-its-kind Plant-Based Pepperoni

CANADA – Leading Canadian pizza operator, Pizza Nova will become the first fast food restaurant chain in the world to offer Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni to consumers.  This follows an agreement between the Toronto based pizza operator and Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of Field Roast Grain Meat Co™ (“Field Roast”). “We are proud to offer a plant-based pepperoni that delivers on our Puro Promise of sourcing high-quality products that do not compromise on taste,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. Available starting Jan. 11, Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni is…

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Arytza sells US frozen pizza business to Brynwood Partners

US – Zurich based food business group Arytza has sold its North America’s take-and-bake pizza business to Brynwood Partners, an American private equity investment firm focused on leveraged buyout and other control investments. Brynwood Partners is a private equity firm with a large portfolio of consumer brands. It specializes in acquisition of brands that no longer fit in a larger company’s portfolio. The private equity firm made the acquisition through its newly created portfolio company Great Kitchens Food Company though the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Following the…

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Bioscience company Chr. Hansen launches new culture for creation of pizza cheeses

DENMARK – Chr. Hansen, bioscience company, has launched a new culture for the creation of pizza cheeses, which it claims can reduce the degree of browning by up to 100%. The F-DVS Pure Appeal culture is launching worldwide and is said to also help protect the cheese from yeast and mould spoilage in the supply chain, ensuring product quality and safety. People all over the world love pizza, and the ever-increasing demand is accelerating the production of pasta filata, which is the largest, fastest growing segment and most globally widespread cheese type,…

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Online pizza marketplace Slice closes US$43m Series C round led by KKR

USA – Slice, an ordering and marketing tech platform for local pizzerias in New York, has raised US$43 million in a Series C funding led by KKR with participation from existing early investors, including GGV Capital. Slice is on a mission to transform independent pizzerias with its specialized technology, data insights, and shared services they need, all at a low fixed cost per order, to serve today’s digital-minded customers. Through its platform, Slice makes it easy for customers to order from their go-to shops and discover their next favorite while…

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Gourmet pizza vending machine start-up Basil Street raises US$10m

USA – Basil Street, a high-tech, innovative pizza vending machine company, has closed a US$10 million priced round of funding, setting the stage for a multi-city pilot program rollout launching in April across the United States. Using state-of-the-art robotics technology, a groundbreaking cooking process and the freshest ingredients, Basil Street says that it is primed to change the way consumers think about vending machine cuisine forever.   Basil Street machines feature three 10-inch Italian style, thin crust pizza offerings: four-cheese, pepperoni and a “Pizza of the Month” selling between US$6.95-US$11.95.…

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AAK develops new flaked fats to enhance taste, texture and crust quality in pizza

SWEDEN – Specialty ingredients provider, AAK has developed a new range of flaked fats to help pizza manufacturers enhance taste and create high quality crust and texture in their products. The new range also offers easy handling during the production process, providing an ideal and simple way to improve the texture and mouthfeel of crusts in both thin and deep-pan pizzas. According to the company, the flaked fats are not only suitable for use in pizzas, but also in pies, cookies, steamed puddings and American biscuits, also improving visual appeal…

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Jubilant FoodWorks appoints Kapil Grover as CMO of Domino’s Pizza

ASIA – India’s operator of the American pizza restaurant, Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts, Jubilant FoodWorks has appointed Kapil Grover as the new Chief Marketing Officer of Domino’s Pizza effective July 2018. According to a report by ET Retail, Grover will be responsible for leading the marketing strategy for the brand given his 18 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. Prior to the appointment, he worked with Burger King India as Chief Marketing Officer and also with KFC India. “We are delighted to welcome Kapil to the Domino’s…

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FMCG startup QwikPik partners Swiggy to pilot delivery of its heat & eat pizzas

ASIA – QwikPik, a startup technology offering ready to serve snacks and meals has partnered with Swiggy for delivery of its food products in India, according to ET Retail. The partnership involves QwikPik Technology’s packaged food brand Yumlane through a pilot program across select locations in Mumbai with possibilities to extend the partnership across all the cities Swiggy is present in. Customers can place orders on the Swiggy app for Yumlane products such as heat and eat pizzas which will be delivered by Swiggy. While Swiggy is currently delivering over…

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