Pizza Fusion Franchise Named Hot Restaurant Concept of 2010 by Nation's Restaurant News

The Rapidly Expanding Restaurant Franchise Grows Through Equity Financing and Store Growth Model

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pizza Fusion, the all-natural and eco-friendly restaurant franchise has been selected as one of Nation's Restaurant News Hot Concepts of 2010. The rapidly growing franchise is continuing its expansion on a two-pronged front. First is by raising equity financing for a corporate store expansion program and secondly through aggressive area developer, multi-unit operator and franchising opportunities.

The Pizza Fusion concept is proving successful in many ways as the 12 months ending June 30th, 2010, Pizza Fusion's system-wide sales increased 46% and same store sales increased approximately 11%, performing better than fast casual industry trends.

The Hot Concepts! award recognizes operators for their innovation, successful business strategies, and entrepreneurial spirit. Winners are selected based upon their strong concept definition, forward-thinking approach, and strong consumer appeal, among other criteria.

"Pizza Fusion is honored and delighted to be recognized by the premium restaurant publication in the country, Nation's Restaurant News, as one of the hottest concepts in America," said Mark Begelman, CEO of the restaurant franchise.

Voted "Best Pizza" numerous times across the country, Pizza Fusion, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based pizza restaurant franchise, focuses its menu on fresh and natural foods, untainted by artificial additives, like preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, nitrates and trans fats. The menu includes award-winning gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, beer and wine. In addition, they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free selections.

Pizza Fusion is currently leading the restaurant industry in environmental practices, from building all its restaurants to meet strict LEED standards, which has proven to provide about a 30 percent annual savings on utility expenses at Pizza Fusion vs. traditional restaurants, and offsetting 100 percent of its power consumption with renewable wind energy certificates, to offering in-store recycling, among other initiatives.

The 2010 Hot Concepts! Awards will be presented during Nation's Restaurant News' 51st Annual Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators (MUFSO) Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida from October 3-5, 2010.

Founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment, Pizza Fusion is the number-one green franchise in North America. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the all-natural pizza restaurant chain offers fresh, natural, and healthier foods in all its eco-friendly, LEED certified locations worldwide. Pizza Fusion's mission is to uphold the highest level of integrity in all they do, from the quality and origin of their food to their care for the health of their customers and the environment. Pizza Fusion,"Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time."

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