Pizza Hut Canada now has vegan sausage crumbles! The new plant-based topping stems from an existing partnership between Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat. It is currently available in some parts of Canada, including the greater Toronto area—Mississauga, Etobicoke, Milton, and Oakville—as well as Edmonton.
These Beyond Italian Sausage Crumbles, made from pea and rice protein, are exclusive to Pizza Hut and are available via online orders, as well as orders placed through the Pizza Hut app.
The meat-free option is “made with simple, plant-based ingredients and is designed to deliver the meat-like flavor and juicy texture of Italian pork sausage,” according to a press release. Pizza Hut first introduced the crumbles to U.S. menus in November 2020.
Pizza Hut Canada Creates Three New Dishes With Vegan Sausage
To celebrate the launch of Beyond Italian Sausage Crumbles at Pizza Hut Canada, the chain has created three distinct new dishes that are available for a limited time—The Great Beyond, Beyond Italian Sausage Alfredo Loaded Flatbread, and Beyond Creamy Alfredo.
The Great Beyond is a “specialty pizza crafted with the savory Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble and paired perfectly with fresh veggie toppings that include, sliced red onions and tangy banana peppers.” While the Beyond Italian Sausage Crumbles are vegan, the pizza is made with dairy cheese and is not plant-based. The chain’s UK and Australian locations, however, both offer plant-based cheese.
The same goes for the Beyond Italian Sausage Alfredo Loaded Flatbread, which is a “crispy flatbread topped with flavor-packed Beyond Italian Sausage Crumble, roasted red pepper, creamy alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese.”
The third menu item, which is also not vegan, is Beyond Creamy Alfredo. It’s described as a “savory pasta alfredo dish” layered with the vegan sausage pieces, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.
The Beyond Italian Sausage Crumbles can also be added to any existing Pizza Hut pie, including custom orders, for a vegan protein boost.
“As Canadians continue to seek convenient ways to incorporate more plant-based protein in their lives, we are excited to partner with Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based protein, to bring consumers expanded choice across our menus,” Devon Lawrence, marketing manager of Pizza Hut Canada, said in a statement.
Beyond Meat’s Partnership With Yum Brands!
This announcement is part of a broader global partnership between Beyond Meat and Yum Brands!, which owns Pizza Hut as well as Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and KFC.
The partnership, which was announced in February, was designed to expand each chain’s plant-based menu offerings. So far, McDonald’s has created a McPlant patty using Beyond Meat, which was tested in select locations in Denmark and Sweden earlier this year. Additionally, after developing and testing its own proprietary plant-based beef, Taco Bell confirmed it is working on another vegan option with Beyond Meat.
Beyond Meat has also been making big moves aside from the Yum Brands! Partnership. Earlier this year, the company joined forces with PepsiCo to develop vegan products that have yet to be announced. Beyond Meat products are also now available in 7,000 CVS locations across the United States.
The California-based brand has ramped up its retail momentum across Europe, Australia, and other global markets as well, in an effort to increase worldwide accessibility to its products. To that end, Starbucks added two new breakfast sandwiches made with Beyond Meat to its Middle East menus in January, and launched vegan pork in China last November.