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Pizza Hut and Coors Going Gluten-free in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

Celiac.com 01/23/2015 - This Superbowl Sunday gluten-free fans can celebrate with gluten-free Pizza Hut pizza, and, in a few lucky test markets, gluten-free Coors beer.

Photo: CC--Army RecruitingYou read right. First, Pizza Hut has announced that, starting Jan. 26, it will be debuting a gluten-free pizza in about 2,400 locations in the U.S. The new pizza will be a 10-inch, six-slice pizza, which will go for $9.99. The pizza crust will be made by popular gluten-free brand Udi’s Foods, and certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Pizza Hut’s gluten-free pie will be one of the restaurant’s lowest-calorie pizzas, with about 100 fewer calories per serving than their current “Skinny Slice” pizza. 

Every Pizza Hut Gluten-Free Pizza will be baked fresh-to-order on parchment paper and delivered in a specially branded Udi’s Gluten-Free Pizza box. Also, all employees handling Pizza Hut’s Gluten-Free Pizza have been trained to wear gloves and use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter.

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If that’s not enough good news, beer-loving gluten-free football fans in Seattle and Portland will be able to chase their gluten-free Pizza Hut pizzas with Coors’ new gluten-free Peak Copper Lager, which will debut in those markets on Superbowl Sunday.

Coors will gauge the response in its test markets as it looks to make Peak Copper Lager available in more U.S. markets.

Gluten-free Pizza Hut pizza and gluten-free Coors beer on Superbowl Sunday? I’m going to call that a touchdown.

Read more in USA Today, and Money.

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Luann
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26 Jan 2015 9:39:19 AM PDT
Good to know!!

 
Betsy de la hoz
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28 Jan 2015 11:15:46 AM PDT
I don't know where, I just called 2 different Pizza Huts here in Miami and they don't know what gluten-free is.

 
Brenda Bentley

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26 Jan 2015 10:46:57 AM PDT
I am so super excited that Pizza Hut will start making a gluten free pizza. I hope it comes to my area Anderson, IN.

 
Joanne
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28 Jan 2015 5:08:07 PM PDT
Doubt it. The Fishers Pizza Hut doesn't have it. They didn't even know what I was talking about. I even mentioned the ad about the super bowl.

 
Peggy
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26 Jan 2015 10:57:31 AM PDT
Excellent article and will be good news for all those just wanting to jump on the GF band wagon. For those of us who are truly allergic, the product will not be gf, I have run into that several times with other pizza places, ie Domino's etc. all product to go on the pizzas are usually kept next to the counter where they are in a covered container, but once opened during the process of making a regular pizza, the contamination happens quite quickly. Once again, I'm not complaining, but it isn't good news for the folks who truly have to eat GF.

 
Jacquie
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29 Jan 2015 8:00:52 PM PDT
If Udi's is behind it, it will be safe. I have celiac and would not be afraid to try it. Domino's, on the other hand is not safe because of cross contamination, I would never eat it.

 
GregC
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26 Jan 2015 11:14:01 AM PDT
Like anything else, the devil is in the details. Pizza Hut provides an extensive set of FAQs related to its new gluten-free endeavor with Udi's, but it's the last FAQ that causes me pause:

"Q. If I have Celiac Disease is it safe for me to eat a gluten-free pizza from Pizza Hut®?"

"A. Pizza Hut® partnered with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to create a Gluten-Free Pizza preparation process and training standards for Pizza Hut restaurants to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination. This includes training our team members to take specific precautions when making these pizzas, and we encourage consumers to notify a manager if they have a gluten intolerance when placing an order.

"Additionally, while Pizza Hut is proud to offer pizzas with gluten-free ingredients, Pizza Hut kitchens are not gluten-free environments. Due to the handcrafted nature of our menu items, variations in vendor-supplied ingredients, and our use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot assure you that our restaurant environment or any menu item will be completely free of gluten. We recommend that you consult your medical advisor as to what is safe for you."

So basically, thanks.... but no thanks.

 
Dianne Sharr
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26 Jan 2015 11:19:53 AM PDT
Are the pizzas made in a dedicated facility where no airborne gluten (flour dust) can settle on them?

 
Uncle Bruce
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26 Jan 2015 4:08:43 PM PDT
Good news all the way around! For once…

 
Ryan
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26 Jan 2015 4:47:52 PM PDT
Great article, but zip availability in the Philly area. Main Line location in the heart of glutarded-ville doesn't even know if they'll carry it.

Way to go hut. I'll stick with mom's bake at home.

Hopefully cooks learns from Budweiser and doesn't make a crap gluten-free beer.

 
Nozomi
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26 Jan 2015 5:08:51 PM PDT
I'm so excited! I like Pizza Hut better than Domino's anyway, and Domino's GF pizza is not truly GF. It even warns you on the site when you order it. I'm looking forward to being able to eat some good pizza. Now if only they could make it stuffed crust too.

 
Kyle
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26 Jan 2015 7:15:18 PM PDT
Do not eat this pizza. My wife is a celiac and she ate this pizza an hour ago, I've never ever seen her have this bad of a reaction. I repeat do not eat this pizza!

 
Kate
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26 Jan 2015 9:13:59 PM PDT
It's about time Pizza Hut got GF pizza. In my area I knew of 3 other pizza places that serve GF pizza. One is pretty good. One has had to close. Let's see if Pizza Hut's is better. When friends wanted to stop at Pizza Hut I would feel so left out but now I will have an option. Thanks Pizza Hut. I can't wait to try it out.

 
Robin
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27 Jan 2015 5:12:34 AM PDT
I saw the Pizza Hut commercial last night and it specifically excluded celiac sufferers indicating there is no way they can keep the kitchens free of gluten, but for "gluten avoidance" their pizza fits the bill. I don't plan on taking a chance.

 
Judith DeMartini
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27 Jan 2015 6:09:48 AM PDT
According to the Pizza Hut web site, people with celiac disease cannot be guaranteed their pizza will be completely gluten free as it is not baked in a gluten free environment. As we with this disease know, even having flour in the air will affect us. So unless they can say this is baked in a gluten free environment I could not take the chance.

 
Maryellen
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27 Jan 2015 2:12:50 PM PDT
Why don't you mention where these GF products can be found, great to advertise but do I have to call every Pizza Hut across the country? What's the secret?

 
Bob
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28 Jan 2015 9:42:10 AM PDT
Thanks Pizza Hut, can't wait to try it! However, Budweiser has a great gluten free beer - Redbridge! They just need to promote it better. It sure beats all the other gluten free beer want-a-be's including the cider beers, yuk! Try it!

 
Karen
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29 Jan 2015 7:38:43 AM PDT
Called our Pizza Hut. The manager said they had had no training and zero information passed down from corporate about ever getting any gluten free pizza.

 
D L Austin
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29 Jan 2015 8:20:49 AM PDT
Good News. Most GF pizza is pretty bad...cardboard tastes better. Red Bridge beer is really good -- I drink it two or three times a week. I will give Coors a try when it gets to my area.

 
JB Wade
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30 Jan 2015 8:26:40 PM PDT
Looking for GF Pizza give Mellow Mushroom a try. In most placed the pizza in made in a separate location and is cooked in a dedicated oven. They also carry Daura Beer. It’s about the best GF beer I have had. Been GF now for over ten years.

 
the
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I spoke with the manager and ordered the gluten-free pizza with pepperoni to ensure that it would absolutely stay gluten-free. I also said they will need to change gloves etc. still ended up with my family getting sick from cross-contamination for who knows what. I would not recommend at all.




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