Finally, some news gluten-free dieters – and pizza lovers – can rejoice over. Domino’s – the world’s largest delivery pizza chain – is announcing today that it’s planing to sell a pizza made with gluten-free crust. This decision comes after many customers began requesting a gluten-free option from the pizza giant.
“We are the first national pizza delivery chain to offer this,” said Domino’s CMO Russel Weiner. He does note, however, that while the crust is entirely gluten-free, it is baked in ovens with pizzas containing gluten, so those who are extremely gluten sensitive should be cautious.
The pizza crust is made from rice flour, potato starch, rice starch and olive oil, and costs $12 – which is about $3 more than their regularly priced pies, as most gluten-free products cost more than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Domino’s reportedly worked with the national Foundation for Celiac Awareness to bring the organization’s standards to their kitchens and employees. Alice Bast, president of the foundation, says that gluten free is becoming a selling point, and that the number one request they get from gluten-free customers is for gluten-free pizza and beer. (more…)
Once in awhile, it’s nice to hear about a fast food restaurant doing some good in the world.
Gene Wilson of Memphis, Tennessee was actually saved by her habit of ordering a pizza from Domino’s every day. The 82-year-old woman was well known to the staff of the local pizza chain, from whom she ordered a large thin-crust pepperoni pizza and two Diet Cokes. She placed this same order every day for three years.
When Gene’s order didn’t come in over the weekend, her regular delivery driver, Susan Guy, began to worry. “I said, ‘She hasn’t called in three days…I gotta go,’ ” Susan told Today. Susan discovered that Gene had taken a bad fall and had been unable to call for help. As soon as she was discovered, emergency workers rushed Gene to the hospital. “So, she’s just been laying there since Saturday,” said Susan. “That means she hasn’t eaten or anything.”
Look in the newspapers and on television, and you will see that schools nationwide are struggling to make school lunches affordable, nutritious and appealing to children. It’s a tough combination that is tricky to balance, and Domino’s Pizza is trying to fill that void. They’ve debuted a new offering for school lunches named “Smart Slice”. Domino’s recently announced that they plan to double the number of schools serving their pizzas in the next 12 months. They are currently serving the new pizza in more than 120 districts.
A healthier alternative to the traditional pizza offerings, the “Smart Slice” has been specially formulated to meet the newly released federal guidelines for school lunches. While it looks the same as other pizza slices, the “Smart Slice” includes a crust made from 51 percent whole-wheat flour, reduced-fat mozzarella, and sauce that contains 35 percent less sodium than the pizza chain’s traditional sauce.