Halal Certification Authority (HCA) certifies Dominos Pizza on Thursday 18th October, 2018 in Lagos. Certification process which started about 6 months ago was put to rest with certificate presentation at Eat ‘n’ Go Ltd Head Office in Victoria Island.
It was a moment of joy for Dominos pizza and the Nigerian Muslim Ummah after Dominos pizza was certified Halal on the 18th of October, 2018. An instagram user, beautiful_lighttt made this comment after sharing the news on our instagram page, @halalfoodfestng
Good for them. I decided not
to eat Domino’s pizza anymore earlier today. I took a bite of their BBQ Chicken and thought “is it halal?” panicked to think I may have been eating haram. Changed my mind again! – beautiful_lighttt
No doubt, certifying a brand like Domino has given HCA more publicity and credibility among Nigerians. But contrary to the belief of many Nigerians that the Halal Certification Agency was non existent, it very much existed and have been around for a while. In the past, they have certified Flour Mills of Nigeria, Rom Oil Mills etc. With Dominos Pizza, a subsidiary brand of Eat ‘n’ Go Limited being the latest addition to their existing portfolio.
Eat ‘n’ Go Limited is a restaurant group on a mission to become the premier food operator in Africa. So far, their growing family consists of three international brands, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery & Pinkberry. Eat ‘n’ Go limited officially started operation in August 2012 with the premier store at 4, Saka Tinubu Victoria Island, Lagos. Today, Eat ‘n’ Go has about 50 stores (outlet) across Nigeria and still growing with presence in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Port Harcourt and Enugu.
Since they came to Nigeria 6 years ago, they have turned out to be one of the fastest growing food chains. They have since created various recipes that appeal to the average Nigerian. One of which is the Barbecue Suya variant of their popular Dominos pizza. However, appealing to Nigerian Muslims have been difficult for this multinational brand, until now.
Before now, there have been deliberations and questions have been raised by cautious Muslims on whether their Menu (especially pepperoni, which is known to be made from pork) is Halal or not. They did well by convincing their customers that it is made from beef. But hey, brands will say anything to gain customer’s trust. So, there were still speculations among the Muslims. With HCA confirming that their pizza is Halal, Nigerian Muslims now feel more confident to consume their products.
However, it is important to note that this certification does not cover for Cold Stone Creamy and pinkberry, which are part of the Eat ‘n’ Go brand. You might want to ask this question, “Is HCA investigating them too?” However, this information is not available to us at the point of filling this report.
More details about the certification process can be found here.