Our customers love tucking into a chicken burrito at Guzman y Gomez – in fact, it’s our most popular menu item. We spent a long time perfecting our recipe because we’re passionate about great food. We also care about where our food comes from, which is why we’re now serving FREPA accredited Free Range Chicken.
As part of our mission to bring you fast food without compromise, we’re proud to start serving free range chicken in all our Taquerias across Australia in September, 2016. We believe it’s an important step in offering you a high-quality and ethical menu. We want our customers to know exactly what they’re eating – and we’re always looking for ways to improve.
So whether you’re having a burrito, chomping on nachos or tucking into a taco, you can be sure the chicken you’re enjoying has come from a Free-Range Egg & Poultry Australia (FREPA) accredited certified free-range farm.
What does FREPA accredited mean?
Farms accredited by FREPA – an independent third-party certification body – mean they comply with FREPA’s strict standards, including:
- giving birds easy access to an outdoor area during daytime that has shade, shelter and trees for foraging
- only using antibiotics under a vet’s direction. Treated birds can’t be sold as free‑range
- keeping a maximum of 30Kg of birds per square metre of floor space indoors
- feeding birds only wholesome foods, with the addition of vitamins, minerals and amino acids as needed for their welfare.
The chart below explains the difference between conventional farming, RSCPA and FREPA accredited practises.
Why the change to free range?
Guzman y Gomez supports higher standards of animal welfare. Free range chicken comes from birds that can roam outdoors during the day. They’ve got room to move and express normal behaviours, like foraging, flapping their wings, taking dust baths and perching. In conventional farms, birds are kept in a barn or shed. Conditions can get pretty cramped and the birds have little opportunity to forage or perch.
Doing the right thing isn’t always the easy option, though. Only around 20% of chicken produced in Australia is free-range, which makes it significantly more expensive than conventionally farmed chicken – especially if you’re buying it on a large scale. That’s why many restaurants and most fast-food outlets avoid using free-range chicken.
But we know that convenience and lower prices can sometimes mask other costs – to animals, our health and the environment. The only chicken we serve is FREPA accredited free range chicken. It’s a decision that costs us more money, and we haven’t raised our prices to make up for it. But we think it’s well worth the investment.
Making the change to free-range is a vital step in our journey to creating fast food without compromise. We’re committed to transforming fast food – not just in our own taquerias, but also in fast food restaurants all over Australia. ¡Buen provecho!