Papa John's To Offer Gluten-Free Ancient Grains Crust
  22 May, 2017

Papa John's To Offer Gluten-Free Ancient Grains Crust

Papa John's International, Inc. is offering a new gluten-free crust featuring Ancient Grains, but for a handful of cities.

The Ancient Grains consists of quinoa, amaranth, teff and sorghum, and is being tested in Nashville, Tenn. St. Louis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Houston. It comes with a price tag of $9.99 for a small, two-topping pizza.

According to a news release, the company's research-and-development team spent over a year developing a product that would give its gluten-free customers a better tasting, gluten-free pizza crust.

Papa John's Chief Ingredient Officer Sean Muldoon said customers told the company they were happy with the offerings but felt the flavor profile were lacking in the gluten-free crusts options.

The gluten-free Ancient Grains crust is prepared in another facility before it's shipped to restaurants. According to the chain, steps have been implemented to ensure gluten doesn't come into contact with gluten-free products.

While contact is possible, Papa John's advises people with severe gluten intolerance or celiac disease not to get the product.

Papa John's also recently announced it would be testing several organic pizza ingredients. The company has also made it a mission not to use chicken raised on antibiotics for its toppings and, in 2016, has gotten rid of synthetic colors and artificial flavors.