Pizza Hut Hopes New Headquarters in Plano Will Help Bolster Innovation

""According to the Dallas News, "A series of opaque white sliding partitions separates the focus group area from a mammoth test kitchen at the new Pizza Hut headquarters."

"If taste testers sense too much oregano or not enough basil, chefs, watching on video monitors, can incorporate changes in time for another round of sampling by the same group. A process that earlier would have taken weeks is reduced to minutes. As pizza players throughout the country scramble to put new twists on a dish that dates back centuries, the country’s largest pizza chain is looking to its new digs — which were officially dedicated Tuesday — to help boost inspiration and innovation."

“'This is an exceedingly competitive [restaurant] category. And it morphs very, very quickly,' said Scott Bergren, chief executive of Pizza Hut U.S. and newly appointed head of innovation for all restaurants of parent company Yum Brands Inc. 'It gives us a competitive advantage to be first with the news instead of copying the news.'”

"The new headquarters for Pizza Hut and its sister division, Yum Restaurants International, replaces the longtime headquarters due south along the Dallas North Tollway in Addison."