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Pizza Hut Goes Green With ‘Incogmeato’ Sausage, Eco-Friendly Box

Pizza Hut is teaming up with Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms brand to test pizza lovers’ reaction to the brand’s new, plant-based Italian-style “sausage” called Incogmeato.

Starting Wednesday, October 23, the fast-food chain will sell the Incogmeato on its Garden Specialty Pizza for a limited time—at a single store location in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Incogmeato is a new-to-the-world brand created to challenge convention on delicious plant based food,” said Kellogg Away from Home President Wendy Davidson in a statement, as reported by Yahoo Finance. “Pizza Hut is the innovation leader in its category and we are excited to partner with them to develop a tasty, first-ever plant-based pizza to satisfy what flexitarians are seeking today.”

Pizza Hut is also cutting back on waste by using a smaller, rounder pizza box. The innovation came out of a partnership with Zume, a pizza delivery company that aims to implement sustainable practices in the food industry. The box is also compostable, according to Market Watch.

In addition to going green, the new design promises a better dining experience, Yahoo Finance noted.

“This revolutionary round box—the result of a two-year journey—is the most innovative packaging we’ve rolled out to date,” Pizza Hut Chief Customer and Operations Officer Nicolas Burquier said in a statement. “The round box was engineered to make our products taste even better—by delivering hotter, crispier pizzas. This box is a win, win—it will improve the pizza-eating experience for our customers and simplify the operating experience for our team members.”

According to The Verge, pizza boxes’ traditional square shape is due to lower production costs (they can be made from a single sheet of folded cardboard). Inventors have previously attempted to win the public over to round boxes—such as John Harvey’s 2004 creation, the “Presseal” and a design patented by Apple—without much success so far.

Pizza Hut now joins the growing list of other fast-food giants looking to go green. As CNN Business reported, Dunkin’ will be unveiling its Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich across the country in November after a successful product test in New York City. Burger King announced that it would make its Impossible Whopper available nationally after just one month of testing. The outlet also reported that plant-based food sales in the U.S. have increased 11 percent in the last year, according to a study by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Good Food Institute.

That study further concluded that plant-based food sales grew 31 percent between April 2017 and July 2019 while total food sales remained flat, leading Plant Based Foods Association senior director Julie Emmett to call them “a growth engine.” According to the association, the market for plant-based foods now tops $4.5 billion in the United States.

The limited-edition garden pizza with Incogmeato topping and round box will sell for $10. All proceeds will go to Arizona Forward, a Phoenix-based sustainability nonprofit organization

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Reported today on The Verge For the full article visit: http://bit.ly/2P9YkFf Global Tech News was built by the boffins at Boyd Digital – For creative traffic and sales generation give the Boyd Digital team a shout +44 141 332 0063 or visit us at https://www.boyddigital.co.uk Reported today in The Verge. Pizza Hut is testing plant-based ‘Incogmeato’ sausage toppings and round boxes Pizza Hut is cautiously testing out the plant-based meat trend, starting with a new Garden Specialty Pizza that’s topped with MorningStar Farm’s “Incogmeato” Italian sausage, which will only available for a day in one Phoenix location. The pizza will also be served in a round pizza box, which is industrially compostable and interlocks with other boxes for stability. After the event, the company says it’ll look for more ways to roll out the box more widely in the future. The round box was developed in partnership with Zume, an automated pizza delivery startup with a focus in sustainable practices. Compared to a normal, square pizza box, the round box uses less overall packaging. “This revolutionary round box—the result of a two-year journey—is the most innovative packaging we’ve rolled out to date,” said Pizza Hut chief customer and operations officer Nicolas Burquier. “The round box was engineered to make our products taste even better—by delivering hotter, crispier pizzas.” Pizza boxes have always been square since it’s cheaper to produce, as they can be made from a single sheet of cardboard. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to innovate. In 2004, an inventor named John Harvey created a round pizza box called the Presseal, which never quite caught on. And in 2010, Apple patented a round pizza box, which has been used in its employee cafeteria since. Fast food companies like Burger King and KFC have been working with startups like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods to roll out fake meat versions of popular menu items, like the Beyond Fried Chicken and Impossible Whopper. Pizza Hut’s Garden Specialty Pizza uses MorningStar Farms’ Incogmeato Italian sausage, which parent company Kellogg launched just last month. Made from non-GMO soy, it too, bleeds like real meat like its competitors’ products. If you’re interested in trying out the limited-edition Incogmeato pizza, you can head over to the Phoenix Pizza Hut at 3602 E. Thomas Rd. on October 23rd at 11AM MT. The Garden Specialty Pizza and round pizza box will cost $10, and all proceeds will go to Arizona Forward, a Phoenix-based sustainability nonprofit.

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This Popular Atlanta Pizzeria Just Launched An All-Vegan Menu Loaded With Plant-Based Goodness

It’s hard to believe that in 2016, Atlanta-based restaurant Ammazza was forced to close its doors after not one, but two car accidents severely damaged the popular Edgewood Avenue space. But in November 2018, Ammazza opened the doors to a new restaurant in downtown Decatur. And months later, in March 2019, the local pizza joint officially re-opened its Edgewood location. Since November, the crowds have quickly returned and in addition to a new, second space, Ammazza has also welcomed several additions to its menu.

In June, likely to the excitement of foodies dedicated to a plant-based lifestyle, Ammazza announced a new, all-vegan menu. The hearty, all-vegan menu is comprised of five antipasto dishes, eight pizzas, dessert and a kids section.

On the pizza end, there’s the classic Vegan Margherita. A simpler option for those hoping to quell a pizza craving, the Vegan Margherita is made using house tomato sauce, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and vegan cheese. If a plethora of toppings is more your thing, there’s also the Vegan Piccante. The Vegan Piccante comes loaded with house tomato sauce, fresh basil, spicy calabria peppers, caramelized onions, red peppers, marinated artichokes and vegan cheese.

Need even more toppings? Ammazza offers about a dozen additional toppings (for an added cost) that range from sauteed wild mushrooms to spicy calabrian agave. Pizzas vary in price from $15 to $24, depending on size and selection.

The Antipasto selection on the new menu is brimming with a variety of salads. There are classics like Caesar and Spinach Salad, as well as not so traditional options like the Orzo Salad and Basil Salad. Simple yet robust, the Basil Salad is a medley of field greens, marinated artichokes, olives, red bell peppers, Roma tomatoes and house basil vinaigrette.

And since there’s always room for dessert, Ammazza’s all-vegan menu includes a vegan seasonal fruit tart, as well as a chef’s selection.

Curious about Ammazza’s boozier options? The pizzeria’s beverage director and general manager, Daniel Bridges revealed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in January that Italian liqueurs and fresh ingredients will be a focus.

“We’re focusing on Italian liqueurs, amaro, and things like that,” Bridges said. “I like to keep my cocktails pretty simple, just use fresh ingredients, and let the spirits speak for themselves. But we definitely sell a lot of beer and wine. We change up the draft list almost daily. We try to stay local and regional with beer, and we have Italian wines.”

Ammazza’s all-vegan menu can be found at both their Decatur and Edgewood locations.

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