Pizza Hut has announced a plan to become carbon neutral at least in the UK branch of their chains by 2030. A big part of that plan is ditching dairy cheeses for plant-based vegan alternatives.
The pizza chain says they will not be taking bovine mammary fluid “dairy” products off of their menus immediately but they do say they are “dedicated to evolving our practices and processes with the aim of making a more positive impact”.
The ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral in the coming decade is leaning heavily on plant-based vegan foods to make this plan into a reality.
The UK portion of the Pizza Hut empire is a great place to make this announcement and execute this plan given how many options are already there and doing really well.
Pizza Hut in the UK has already added to their permanent menu a large number of vegan pizzas as well as sides and desserts.
The most recent example of this is their new vegan plant-based dairy-free stuffed crust cheese pizza that just launched a few days ago.
The stuffed crust vegan pizza was unveiled at a London event where Senior Menu Innovation Manager Ciara Grace reinforced the UK Pizza Hut plan by saying they would eventually swap out all dairy cheeses for plant-based vegan cheeses.
She also added that in the UK Pizza Hut has completely replaced the cheesecake dessert on the regular menu with their dairy-free plant-based vegan alternative saying:
“This is a stepping stone towards [achieving the goal of becoming carbon neutral]. This is our only cheesecake on the menu, it replaced our dairy cheesecake, and we’ve had so many positive comments from it.”
Grace says the pizza chain wants to continue its “innovative journey” to help consumers “flex” their diet by continuing to help them add more plant-based vegan foods into their diets by developing more products that pre-vegans are more than willing to choose.
A spokesperson said: “We are on an innovation journey where we focus on listening to our guests and challenging ourselves to create new products that make a more positive impact. We are really proud of our plant-based food offering and are delighted to be able to give all our guests, including non-vegans, the freedom of choice. We have been serving Vegan Pizzas since 2017 and now have expanded to offer a full Vegan menu with a range of Starters, Mains and Desserts.”
“We don’t envision taking dairy products off the menu in the near future, however, we are really proud of our plant-based food offering and are always looking to innovate and test new products. This includes our current trial of dairy-free mayonnaise in our Salad Bar and also potential for future trials of cheese blends. The Vegan menu has had a phenomenal response from our guests, which has led us to simplify our menu even further, with our dairy-free ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheesecake’ as the only cheesecake on our restaurant menu.”
“At Pizza Hut Restaurants we are dedicated to evolving our practices and processes with the aim of making a more positive impact. Our Vegan Menu is one of the many initiatives we have in place – including our food donation program, our continued commitment to food reduction and our aim to be a carbon-neutral business by 2030.”
At the start of 2020 Pizza Hut CEO Jens Hofman said about the brand’s goal of becoming more sustainable:
“Our vegan menu is one of the many initiatives we have in place including our food donation program and our continued commitment to food waste reduction.”
She continued “Having easy access to alternative products will be key to help us stay on track, that’s why we’ve already started introducing milk alternatives at our Restaurant Support Centre and also have a dedicated company vegan group set up for all our team members to share their experiences and useful hints and tips to eating vegan.”
This new direction for Pizza Hut follows hot on the heels of Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and the companies plan to reduce their carbon footprint by transitioning customers to plant-based vegan milks amongst other things like environmentally friendly packaging.