"Serving No Antibiotic Ever (NAE) chicken is a very important moment in Pollo Tropical's proud 30-year history. Our supply chain team has spent a tremendous amount of time and effort to ensure that we provide the best quality chicken in a highly responsible manner to our guests," said Fiesta Restaurant Group President and CEO Rich Stockinger. "In our renewal plan, we made the commitment to improve all aspects of our business. NAE chicken is another promise kept."
NAE means the chicken is raised without any antibiotics – through the feed, water sources or any other means during the life of the bird. Pollo Tropical's chicken producers must be certified as "NAE compliant" by the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). Failure to maintain certification will result in being removed from the Pollo Tropical supply chain network.
"NAE chicken is a major commitment to our guests," Stockinger said. "We will be talking to them, as well as our soon-to-be new customers, about this exciting news through all forms of advertising, social media and in-store communication."