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California Pizza Kitchen (US) Moves into Latin America

17 Dec 2020 - California Pizza Kitchen has partnered with Costa Rica-based specialty retailer, Morpho Travel Retail, to grow its global footprint in Latin America and open its first international airport restaurants outside the United States, a news release said.

Franchise location openings in Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile and Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría in San Jose, Costa Rica are slated for the second half 2021.

The expansion furthers CPK's international growth plans following its recent announcement of openings in the Philippines, South Korea, and the newly renovated Salt Lake City International Airport.

"CPK grew from its passion in combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations from around the world. Morpho's commitment to high quality products and the celebration of local cultures and communities makes them the ideal partner for CPK's continued global expansion," Giorgio Minardi, CPK executive vice president of Global Development & Franchise Operations, said in the release.

The partnership will expand CPK's daily menu offerings to include coffee and breakfast items such as CPK Classic Breakfast Sandwich and Crispy Brioche French Toast, in addition to other items.

CPK's global footprint includes more than 200 restaurants globally, including 40 international franchise locations.