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Self-serve salad bars removed from China's Pizza Hut restaurants

Updated: 08 Dec 2009
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This file photo shows a huge "salad tower".
Lovers of Pizza Hut may be disappointed to learn that the chain's once popular self-serve salad bar is fading away in hundreds of Pizza Hut restaurants across China, with alternatives appearing in its place on the menu.
The China Division of Yum! Brands Inc. said Thursday that it would remove the salad bar option from its menu gradually to fit the changing diet demands of customers. They didn't reveal an exact time frame, self-serve salads are already gone from some Pizza Huts.
According to Yum! China, as salads become more popular, the self-serve option can no longer meet Chinese customers' demands for the variety and quality of salads. Accordingly, the salads offered should be "more professional," the company said.
But to some consumers, neither the removal nor the reason behind it is acceptable.
Some, especially young customers, see Pizza Hut's 32-yuan self-serve deal as more than just a salad. Only one trip to the salad bar is allowed, so how much one can fit into the plate decides how much one can eat; and the more you put, the more you eat. Some diners pile on the fruits and vegetables, aiming to get the most out of their meal, and sharing with friends and finding ways to fit more on the plate are part of the fun.
But all this salad-piling has been less fun for Pizza Hut, considering the salad bar's high cost and low profitability. Each item on the bar must be kept two-thirds full at all times and must be replaced with fresh ingredients every three hours.
Replacing the salad bar on Pizza Hut's menu are the new Smoked Salmon, Seafood Fruit, Grilled Chicken, Twin Potato and Tuna Salads, whose prices range from 16 to 25 yuan.
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dunkeld Commented on 08 Dec 2009
This hardly surprises me. I have remarked in various columns, the gluttony exhibited by some people in Pizza hut. Architectural constructions defying gravity, that had to be inched back to a table to prevent collapse,looked intriguing, but just highlighted greed.

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