Oath Craft Pizza is First Chain to Receive Certification by Humane Farm Animal Care
Nonprofit gives seal of approval for Oath Craft’s sweet Italian sausage, bacon and rotisserie chicken.
Oath Craft Pizza’s dedication to ethically sourced food is on-trend as millennial customers seek out companies that share their values.
Massachusetts chain Oath Craft Pizza has become the first pizza chain in the U.S. to receive the Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) Certified Humane approval.
The certification applies to the chain’s North Country Smokehouse Sweet Italian Sausage, Pederson’s Natural Farms Uncured Natural Bacon and Pederson’s Natural Farms Rotisserie Chicken.
Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, HFAC is an international non-profit certification organization focused on improving the lives of farm animals used for food production. HFAC’s Certified Humane program establishes standards for humane treatment of the animals, including a diet without antibiotics or hormones, proper shelter and resting areas, and sufficient space to support an animal’s natural behavior, like flapping wings or rooting. HFAC conducts third-party farm inspections to check on compliance.
"When you think ethically-sourced food, you may not always think pizza, but that's something we are working hard to change," Patrik Hellstrand, CEO of Oath Craft Pizza, said in a press release. "We're sourcing ingredients free from chemical additives, hormones and antibiotics because we're committed to doing the right thing for our customers and the food system. Buying products from and supporting the farmers who meet Certified Humane's farm animal care standards is an essential part of our company's business model."
"Consumers want to know their food is humanely-raised," added Adele Douglass, Executive Director for HFAC. "So, we're excited to see the commitment Oath Craft Pizza is taking to ethically source their food and give consumers these assurances."
Founded by pizzaiolo Doug Ferriman, Oath Craft Pizza has four locations in Boston and one in Nantucket, with plans to open eight more in the northeast. It’s known for a premade, crispy whole-grain crust that’s grilled on one side and flash-seared in avocado oil on the flipside.