PLANO, TEXAS – Beyond Meat Inc., a maker of plant-based meat alternatives, announced its continued partnership with Pizza Hut on the Beyond Pepperoni Pizza.

The pizza company said the new item will be tested in nearly 70 locations across five US markets, for a limited time. The five cities chosen for the test are Albany, NY, Columbus and Macon, Ga., Jacksonville, Fla., and Houston. 

Beyond Pepperoni was co-developed by Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut’s culinary teams and is made from plant-based ingredients like peas and rice, with no GMOs, soy, gluten, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol.

"Pizza Hut's new Beyond Pepperoni Pizza delivers the same iconic taste as our original pepperoni that fans know and love," said Georgeanne Erickson, chief brand officer of Pizza Hut. "With this new plant-based option, we're giving customers more choices and more reasons to love Pizza Hut."

The Beyond Pepperoni can be served on two different crusts, original stuffed crust or original pan. 

"We know there is strong consumer demand for pepperoni, and we're thrilled to unveil a game-changing plant-based pepperoni topping as the next chapter in our innovation-focused partnership with Pizza Hut," said Dariush Ajami, chief innovation officer for Beyond Meat. "We're confident fans will love Beyond Pepperoni as it delivers the crisped edges and savory flavor profile of Pizza Hut's classic pepperoni with the added benefits of plant-based meat."  

Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut developed two Italian Sausage pizzas in November 2020.