Pizza Hut Arrives in South Africa with Local Flavors, International Favorites
September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Pizza Hut is bringing a slice of global value topped with Mzanzi tradition to South Africa, opening its first restaurant in Africa Sept. 18.
Located in Johannesburg, the restaurant features a modern design, digital menu boards and free Wi-Fi, as well as online ordering and delivery. In addition to the brand’s international favorites, the menu includes popular items that appeal to local taste preferences, such as Boerewors sausage and pizza made with Peri-Peri sauce.
“Africa is an emerging continent with more than one billion people and endless possibilities for us to grow Pizza Hut over the long-term,” said Scott Bergren, CEO, Pizza Hut and Chief Innovation Officer, Yum! Brands. “We’ve just scratched the surface of growth and we’re aggressively accelerating Pizza Hut’s development across the Delivery, Express, and Dine-In channels globally.”
“South Africa is a huge opportunity for Pizza Hut with its rapidly growing middle class and progressive consumers who love pizza,” said Randall Blackford, General Manager, Pizza Hut Africa. “We have a great team that knows how to do business in South Africa and we’re confident that it can become a sizeable business for Pizza Hut in the future.”
Pizza Hut plans to open more restaurants in South Africa in 2014, creating approximately 200 local jobs. Over the next three years, the company expects to open dozens of stores in the country, employing more than 2,500 people. In addition to growth in South Africa, the brand also plans to expand to Namibia, Angola and Zambia over the next year.