Papa Murphy’s joins forces with Udi’s to create gluten-free pizza

Sep 18 2014 - 5:28pm
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Papa Murphy’s is joining forces with Udi’s to cater to people with celiac disease by offering gluten-free pizza. The companies will remain independent, but the partnership will allow them to share resources. Consumers should start seeing the new products at Papa Murphy’s locations soon.

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Papa Murphy’s and Udi’s are working together to give people more options in the gluten-free product category. Udi’s plans to provide the chain its gluten-free pizza crust, so Papa Murphy’s will not be creating a new recipe. The pizza chain will continue to sell other take 'n' bake products that may not be safe for people with celiac disease, so it is important to request the correct items.

The pizzas will be available at 1,000 locations belonging to Papa Murphy’s, but consumers should not notice any changes with the Udi’s line of food products. Papa Murphy’s gluten-free pizzas will be 12 inches, and customers will be allowed to get any topping they want. However, people with celiac disease need to be aware that the pizza chain admits to using a shared kitchen for the items without gluten. This means cross-contamination with the protein remains a possibility despite the prepared crust.

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Papa Murphy’s is not the first company to offer gluten-free pizza, and Udi’s actually has its own line of frozen options. In addition, Domino’s has a gluten-free pizza crust, and Donatos offers a prewrapped version. There are also hundreds of smaller and local pizza restaurants that have gluten-free options on their menus.

It is important to question if the gluten-free pizzas are being produced in the same area as items with gluten because contamination is a problem. Unfortunately, most pizza chains admit that they do not have a separate kitchen or even a different countertop to avoid this risk. If you plan on eating these products, then cross-contamination should be on your mind.

Read more about celiac disease:
Celiac disease tips for making bread at home
Gluten-free food available at state fairs for celiac disease

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