Hut is changing its signature pan pizza with more sauce, crispier
crust and a different cheese blend. It’s the first change for the
item in 40 years.
to the Plano, Texas-based company, the new pan has been in the works
for three years. According to Penny Shaheen, senior director for
culinary innovation and strategy at Pizza Hut, said the new pan will
make the crust crispier. Without giving away the secrets, Shaheen
said the new pan using new technology that will lead to a thicker
crust with a crispy edge and chewy center.
went on to say the ratio of sauce to cheese was slightly increased,
and they are changing up the mozzarella cheese from whole milk to
part-skim to improve the pizza’s texture, giving it a better
flavors and bite.
company is launching the new Original Pan Pizza with a price of $7.99
for a large two-topping pizza but must be ordered online.
Hut’s sales have been flat for the last 10 years with yearly nation
sales around $5.75 billion. Domino’s, however, Pizza Hut’s
competitor, has seen a 112.8 percent increase in sales since 2009
after changing up its pizza. Another reason for Domino’s success is
the early adoption of digital technology.
Hut has been trying to changing its menu since 2014 with lighter
offerings, new flavors and toppings that customers could add to their
crusts. The move didn’t generate the sales the company had hoped.