Pizza Hut UK is stepping up its vegan food game. The fast-food chain just added a new plant-based pizza, vegan nuggets, and dairy-free cheesecake to its menu.
The new pizza, the Vegan All About Mushrooms Pizza, is the chain’s fifth vegan pizza option. It features closed cup mushrooms, garlic mushrooms, tomato sauce, and Violife cheese.
The fast-food chain also welcomed Quorn’s meat-free Southern Fried Nuggets. For dessert, Pizza Hut now has the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheesecake,” a vegan cheesecake with biscuits and caramel.
Vegan at Pizza Hut UK
Pizza Hut first experimented with vegan food in 2017 when it trialed a cheesy plant-based pizza. Positive feedback and the public’s growing interest in meat-free food motivated the chain to test another pizza in January 2019. The Jack ‘n’ Ch**se — which features sweetcorn, red onion, peppers, BBQ jackfruit, and dairy-free cheese — was offered for one month to celebrate Veganuary. The chain said if it sold 10,000 vegan pizzas during the month, it would keep the item on the menu.
The vegan pizza was ordered 17,700 times. “So, not only will our Vegan Jack ‘N’ Ch**se Pizza be back in March as a permanent menu item, we might have a little something extra lined up too,” Pizza Hut said at the time.
The following month, Pizza Hut brought out a three-course vegan menu. Several new pizzas became available, including a classic Margherita, the Veggie Vegan, and the Vegan Hot ‘N’ Spicy Veg.
The chain also introduced baked Jack ‘N’ Rolls — an appetizer stuffed with sweet chili, BBQ jackfruit, and dairy-free cheese — and vegan Cinnamon Bites.
Vegan Food Goes Global
Pizza Hut restaurants in the UK aren’t the only ones plating up vegan food. Pizza Hut Australia just added six vegan options to its menus. Customers can choose from several new vegan pizzas, including the Vegan Mediterranean, Vegan Deluxe, Vegan Cheese Lovers, and Vegan Margherita.
It also announced vegan garlic bread, cheesy garlic bread, and spud bites, along with dairy-free Cornetto ice creams. Pizza Hut is now the first quick-service restaurant in Australia to offer a vegan dessert.
“We believe everyone should be able to share good times and enjoy a mutual love for pizza,” Pizza Hut chief marketing officer Chet Patel said to news.com.au. “We’ve been doing it for almost 50 years, so instead of calling those who choose to be vegan out, we’re calling them in. From today, no matter what preference, we welcome everyone in as a ‘Pizzatarian.'”