Banza announced its largest category expansion to date with the introduction of the first-ever frozen pizza made with a chickpea crust. The new pizzas have more protein and fiber, and fewer net carbs and sodium than the leading traditional (wheat-based) and better-for-you (cauliflower-based) frozen pizzas currently sold in the market, according to the company. Banza relies on whole ingredients like chickpeas, olive oil, yeast, and oregano to deliver on the taste and texture consumers look for. The new line is available in three ready-to-eat varieties including Four Cheese, Roasted Veggie and Margherita, and a two-pack, build-your-own Plain crust option. Each pie cooks in the oven for less than 15 minutes and provides either eight servings (for Plain Crust, which comes with two crusts per package) or two servings (for others).
Banza Pizza is now available nationwide in the US at Target, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, and Heinen’s, as well as online at Amazon and EatBanza.com, with a recommended retail price of USD8.99. Since launching five years ago, Banza has become the fastest-growing pasta brand in the US and is currently sold in more than 13,500 stores. The company now offers 16 different pasta shapes, four varieties of chickpea rice, and six varieties of mac & cheese.
“Chickpeas are one of the most nutrient-dense and environmentally-friendly foods available, yet we consume far less of them than we should,” Brian Rudolph, CEO & co-founder of Banza said. “At Banza, we’re demonstrating the versatility of the ingredient and increasing consumption by using them to upgrade some of America’s favorite foods – pasta, rice, and now, pizza.”