TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--General Assembly Holdings Limited (“GA Pizza” or the “Company”), a fast-casual, Toronto pizza restaurant turned omnichannel consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) brand, announced today that it is available for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) under the symbol “GA.” GA Pizza’s premium line of naturally leavened, freezer-to-table pizzas debuted in April 2020, and kickstarted a rapid transformation that today includes an innovative direct-to-consumer (“DTC”) offering—a frozen pizza subscription and a pizza gifting service—and a budding grocery presence, in addition to an array of hot pizza offerings including the restaurant. The chef-made artisanal frozen pizza line now features 9 pizzas, including 7 plant-based or meat-free options, and caters to consumers’ need for convenient, better-for-you products, without compromise.
GA Pizza is the first-ever premium frozen pizza brand to go public on the TSXV, a move that follows an oversubscribed Series A funding round completed in February 2021. This momentum continues to be fueled by GA Pizza’s unique contribution to the booming DTC ready-to-eat and meal kit spaces: GA Pizza Club, their frozen pizza subscription launched in September 2020. The pizza-as-a-service play netted GA Pizza over 10,000 subscription orders across Southwestern Ontario in Q1 2021—representing a 284% increase quarter-over-quarter.
Ali Khan Lalani, Founder and CEO of GA Pizza said: “We’re excited and proud to be where we are today. Since launching our freezer-to-table line, we’ve sold over 250,000 frozen pizzas and more than doubled our wholesale footprint to 65+ retail partners—and we’ve done it all from within the four walls of our original flagship restaurant in the heart of Toronto.”
With the North American frozen pizza market expected to reach US$17.3B by 2023,1 GA Pizza is poised to take their freezer-to-table pizza to new heights, having secured a master production facility that will scale production to 10,000 pizzas per day by Q4 2021—which is five times the current daily production capacity. While the resilience and ingenuity of the GA Pizza team have paved the way for today’s public listing, Lalani explained that rapid expansion is the path forward: “Our goal is to make delicious pizzas available to everyone, everywhere—and that’s what’s driving GA Pizza’s next chapter. Our team is now hyper-focused on accelerating our growth strategy—scaling production and unlocking new market opportunities across Canada and North America in the direct-to-consumer channel, while increasing our grocery presence.”
About GA Pizza
GA Pizza began its life as a fast-casual pizza restaurant in the heart of Toronto. Three years later, we also offer a freezer-to-table pizza with a groundbreaking direct-to-consumer platform: a pizza subscription (gapizzaclub.com) and a gifting service (give.gapizza.com). Our ambition? Make delicious pizzas available to everyone, everywhere. We’re always working to take pizza to new heights—from showing the world that better pizza is possible, to finding new spaces and places to deliver unrivaled pizza experiences. Find us at the grocery store or visit gapizza.com.
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