Pizza business Papa Murphy’s has completed its transition to only using chicken that was raised without antibiotics.
The franchisor and operator of the largest take-and-bake pizza brand in the United States announced on July 18 that all of its chicken served at its more than 1,500 stores now comes from birds that were raised without the use of antibiotics.
“Introducing chicken raised without antibiotics to our menu is a natural step for our brand and we are excited to offer customers delicious, vegetarian-fed chicken that they can feel good about serving their families,” Brandon Solano, chief marketing officer of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, stated in a press release.
Papa Murphy’s, in its press release, stated that with the completed transition, it has become the first national pizza brand to serve chicken raised without antibiotics. Rival pizza chain Papa John’s in December 2015 announced that all chicken served on its pizzas, as well as its chicken poppers, would be from birds never given antibiotics, citing the summer of 2016 as the timeline to complete the transition. Do date, the company had not announced that the change has been completed.
Another popular pizza chain, Pizza Hut, in June announced that it would phase out using chicken raised with the use of antibiotics also used in human medicine, with March 2017 as its completion date.