‘ Jealous rivals’ blamed for pet food pizza claim
SUPPORTERS have blamed “jealous rivals” after a popular pizza franchise was falsely accused of using pet food as toppings.
Caspian Pizza has 25 branches in the West Midlands, including Solihull.
An anonymous post shared widely on Facebook falsely claimed that the franchise used cat and dog food as cheap alternative ingredients in their pizza.
Bosses of the chain were so angry that they placed an advertisement last the Solihull News’ sister paper, the Birmingham Mail, to quell the rumour.
Now, a Caspian director has blamed rivals for the scurrilous accusations, and customers have leapt to the chain’s defence. The manager of the Stratford Road branch said: “I have been working as a member of staff and now as a proud manager.
“We have never used cat or dog food whatsoever in our pizza toppings.
“As we all know, Caspian Pizza branches are the most busy takeaways wherever they are located.
“It’s obvious that the jealous competitor will try their best in any possible way to create confusion in the market.
“They want to lead our customers away from us by lies and such rumours.”
Company director Saeed Masuri had previously assured customers that the claims were lies.
“I just want to reassure our customers that we only use the best quality ingredients,” he said.
“We don’t know who made the post but they sent the information everywhere. It is with our solicitors now.”
Commenting on Facebook, Caspian regular Elizabeth Dsouza said: “It’s unbelievable what some jealous rivals will do. My family have had pizzas from Caspian and have enjoyed them. They are always fresh and tasty, no animal food on them. Have these idiots seen the price of dog and cat food recently? It’s bloody expensive, too expensive to use as human food.”
The false comments are not the first time a popular West Midlands eatery has been at the centre of a smear campaign.
In April, bosses at Heavenly Desserts in Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, claimed a mouse found in his dessert parlour was planted by rival bosses.
An expert later confirmed that the mouse was “not local to the area”.
Founder of Caspian Pizza Behzad Zarandi and, inset, an advert the firm took out in last Saturday’s Birmingham Mail