Pizza Hut To Introduce Gluten-Free Pizza

UPDATE 7/2019

As per Gluten Intolerance Group, “GIG’s Gluten-Free Food Service Certification Program was proud to certify Pizza Hut for over four years and we applaud them for following the correct policies and procedures during this time period. As of May 25, 2019, Pizza Hut is no longer participating in the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification Program and GIG can no longer certify the safety of the restaurant for gluten-free guests. According to Pizza Hut’s website, while they continue to have a gluten-free pizza option (using a Certified GF UDI’s crust), Pizza Hut no longer recommends their gluten-free pizza for guests with celiac disease.”

Original posting:

If you’re like me, you woke up to news that yet ANOTHER fast-food chain is going gluten-free. And like me, you probably rolled your eyes and sighed. But this one….this one is different.

According to an article on USA TODAY, Pizza Hut’s offering is in partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods — the largest gluten-free company in the world — and the Gluten Intolerance Group, a non-profit group that verifies safe, gluten-free food.”

Whoa – that’s right, you saw that right, verified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, the folks we love and trust that put out the GFCO certification that we look for on every package we grab at the grocery store. I spoke to them today on Twitter and they said, “we are super excited to bring this to the gluten-free community. Look for the press release by the end of this week!”

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I know I know – most of you are probably screaming at your computer right now, “BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT RIGHT!!!!” Ah, but it (at least seems like) they are. According to this article on WKYC today, “The Udi’s gluten-free crust, as well as the cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni, will be kept in a designated Gluten-Free Kit inside each restaurant. From there, every Pizza Hut Gluten-Free Pizza is to be baked fresh-to-order on parchment paper and delivered in a specially branded Udi’s Gluten-Free Pizza box. Also, all employees who make the Gluten-Free Pizza have been instructed to wear gloves and use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter.”

This. This is what I want to hear. Now tell me that they have a selection of all of the ingredients in a separate area, and I’m in. Oh, and maybe partner with Daiya cheese too – because dairy and I are having a fight right now.

I can’t wait to hear what test markets this is going into, and more details from GFCO later this week. Until then, I’m really excited about this movement for safe food for the celiac community, and not just another brand on the gluten-free bandwagon not doing it right.

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Comments: 10

  1. Sharyn Hayward-Franz January 13, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

    Will it also be soy free? This is another problem we with Celiac have! Soy seems to be in everything now a days! I went to Chedders I. Sanford and the ribs are gluten free but contain soy in the sauce! Man it did me in! If you know what I mean! Sharyn Hayward-Franz

    • Sharyn Greening January 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm Reply

      Hi Sharyn!
      Believe it or not my maiden name is Franz! And I have Celiac disease. Go figure. Just thought I’d throw that out to you.

  2. CJ January 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Partnering with Daiya — oh YES.

  3. Trisha January 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Exciting news! Pizza if what I miss the most.

  4. Joe McMurry January 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm Reply

    What took so looooong I have asked you guys 3 years ago no reply any answers????

  5. Lorayne January 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I too am skeptical. Unless there is a completely separate, clean area in the kitchen it will get contaminated. Flour flys everywhere. I agree that it’s good that people are trying.

  6. Cathy January 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm Reply

    @Sharon Hayward-Franz – I have celiac disease and don’t have an issue at all with soy. Perhaps you are allergic to soy?

    • Erica Dermer January 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

      I agree. Soy is a separate issue than celiac.

  7. Sandy Fly January 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm Reply

    On the Pizza Hut website announcing this yesterday there were a list of questons and answers about this. I looked at their last one and it stated that there could be contamination in their kitchens, thus making these pizzas unsafe for celiacs. I do not plan to try this. I have been glutened in a restaurant before and it was dreadful.

  8. Maizy January 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Do they have a dedicated oven for the gluten-free pizza’s? If not, then how can it be truly safe for celiacs? It’s nice that they are trying, but I think I would be afraid of it because I’m too sensitive to any cross contamination.

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