Highest altitude pizza delivery on land: Pizza Hut breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania -- In recognition of entering its 100th country, Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and the world's largest pizza restaurant company, marked the milestone with a special pizza delivery to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at a height of 19,341 feet, thus setting the new world record for the Highest altitude pizza delivery on land, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Randall Blackford, a team of Pizza Hut employees and several professional guides, hiked for six days to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to set the World Record title for the highest altitude pizza delivery on land at a height of 19,341 feet in recognition of Pizza Hut entering its 100th country. Photo: Consea Dissa/Pizza Hut via AP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the longest line of pizzas measured 541.8 m (1,777 ft 10 in) and was achieved by the Van Duzer Foundation and the St. Lucie County Education Foundation (both USA) in Fort Pierce, Florida, USA, on 16 May 2009.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most pizzas made in one hour; it is 206 and was achieved by Brian Edler (USA) at the Domino's Pizza store on North Main St, Findlay, Ohio, USA, on 9 December 2010.
General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Randall Blackford, a team of Pizza Hut employees and several professional guides hiked for six days to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to set the world record delivery.
Blackford and the team shared a large pepperoni pizza at the top of the mountain in celebration of the Company's continued global expansion.
Not only did the team set a World Record title, they also raised money for the Msasani Primary School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, as a way to show their commitment to supporting the communities where they operate.
The money will provide desperately needed upgrades to the school for the 1,300 students and provide training for their teachers.
"We are extremely proud to be the first pizza restaurant company to be serving in 100 countries," said Milind Pant, President, Pizza Hut International. "There has never been a more exciting time to be working at Pizza Hut. We are the most-loved and fastest-growing pizza restaurant company in the world and look forward to continuing to share our high-quality, affordable pizzas made by our passionate team members with consumers everywhere."
"We are excited to celebrate our 100th country milestone with the opening of our restaurant in Tanzania," said Randall Blackford, General Manager, Pizza Hut Africa.
"Tanzania is an exciting emerging market in Africa and we believe there is great potential for accelerated growth. We are grateful for our franchise partnership with Dough Works, Ltd., who has worked tirelessly to bring the Pizza Hut vision to life in this country and we are looking forward to years of success."