Greene King has confirmed it is to expand its partnership with Barrel & Stone, with the latter to supply branded pizzas to a further 12 sites across its Pub Partners estate..

There are currently four Greene King Pub Partners sites linked up with Barrel & Stone.

As part of the arrangement, Barrel & Stone provides all necessary kitchen equipment for pubs including a stone baked pizza oven.

Greene King licensees and their staff also benefit from training from local Barrel & Stone representatives, social media campaigns and support, point of sale merchandise, an online ordering portal and a rotating menu.

Among the first to experience the benefits of the tie-up was Local Hero pub the Rose and Crown in Tewin, Hertfordshire, which was equipped and ready to go within a fortnight of committing to the package and have already sold more than 3,000 pizzas in around six months.

Clive Chesser, managing director for Greene King Pub Partners, said: “The option of partnering with Barrel & Stone has been well-received by the pubs because of how easy the whole process is and the high quality of the products. With zero capital outlay, it is ideal for all types and sizes of kitchens.

“We are now seeing more licensees use Barrel & Stone as a supplier so for Greene King is a brilliant retail partnership that we can only see growing further. Pizzas are increasingly popular option for guests. To have them freshly stone baked is the authentic taste people want.”

Russell Hardiman, co-founder of Barrel & Stone, said: “We are exceptionally pleased to be partnering with Greene King and look forward to offering their tenants a delicious, simple and relevant food service model.

“Our offering is an excellent revenue booster to existing operations or as a standalone concept and we are incredibly happy with the results our existing partners have experienced.”