Archive April 2017

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA UNVEILS GLUTEN-FREE CRUST MADE WITH ANCIENT GRAINS

Gluten-Free Crust Pilot Program Launches in Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, Houston and Nashville
LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) continues to reinforce its commitment to BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. and providing consumers with quality menu options and “clean” ingredients by introducing another new pilot—Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains.

Papa John’s continues to reinforce its commitment to BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. and providing consumers with quality menu options and “clean” ingredients by introducing another new pilot—Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains. (Photo: Business Wire)

Papa John’s Gluten-Free Crust is made with Ancient Grains, specifically sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa, and is currently being tested in Papa John’s locations across Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, Houston and Nashville.

The new, never frozen Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains, showcases the brand’s unwavering commitment to have the highest quality ingredients among national pizza brands. The Papa John’s R&D team spent more than a year to develop the product with the goal of offering pizza fans a better tasting Gluten-Free pizza crust.

“This is something we’ve heard from our customers for some time, but we were never satisfied with the flavor profile of the gluten-free crusts options we tasted—that is until now,” said Sean Muldoon, Chief Ingredient Officer at Papa John’s. “At Papa John’s, we listen to our customers, and not only do they want to know where their food comes from but they are also concerned about what goes into their food. Or in this case, what is not included in their food: gluten.”

Papa John’s goal was to create a crust with some added benefits that stood out from the competition including a heartier flavor. Ancient Grains add a more robust texture and flavor to the Gluten-Free crust. In addition to the taste, the Ancient Grains are naturally gluten-free and higher in protein and fiber than other grains.

From an operations standpoint, Papa John’s employs procedures to prevent contact with gluten, and while the Ancient Grains gluten-free crust is prepared in a separate, gluten-free facility before being shipped to stores, it is possible that a pizza with gluten-free crust could be exposed to gluten during the in-store, pizza-making process. Therefore, the brand does not recommend its Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains for customers with Celiac Disease or serious gluten intolerances.

With the introduction of Papa John’s Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains, and the recent announcement of the organic ingredients pilot program, the pizza maker continues to find new and exciting ways to expand and deliver on its BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. promise.

Papa John’s is the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of the following ingredients across its entire food menu:
• Preservatives BHA and BHT
• Flavor enhancer MSG
• Cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils
• Artificial flavors and synthetic colors
• High fructose corn syrup

In 2016, the brand announced the elimination of artificial flavors and synthetic colors across its entire food menu. Last summer, the pizza brand also fully transitioned the chicken used in grilled chicken pizza toppings and poppers to be fed on a vegetarian diet and raised without human or animal antibiotics, and went completely cage-free with its eggs.

Pizza lovers in LA, Phoenix, St. Louis, Houston and Nashville can try a small, two-topping pizza on Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains for just $9.99. For more information regarding Papa John’s NEW Gluten-Free Crust made with Ancient Grains, please visit the frequently asked questions page on the Papa John’s website.

About Johncol, Inc.

Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last 5 years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and now Lancaster. Papa John’s is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.

Also visit us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For 15 of the past 17 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League, the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball and the Official Pizza Partner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns, Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram at instagram.com/papajohns, and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza. Looking to be a part of something Better? Join the Papa John’s Pizza Family at www.papajohns.com/careers/ and www.papajohns.com/franchise

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA FIRST NATIONAL PIZZA CHAIN TO ANNOUNCE AVAILABILITY OF ORGANIC VEGETABLE TOPPINGS

Organic Produce Pilot Program Launches in Lexington, KY and Includes Roma Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Yellow Onions, and Mushrooms

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) continues to build upon its commitment to BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA and having the cleanest label among national pizza chains by announcing an exciting new menu initiative—the availability of freshly sliced organic produce for pizza toppings.

Papa John’s continues to build upon its commitment to BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA and having the cleanest label among national pizza chains by announcing an exciting new menu initiative—the availability of freshly sliced organic produce for pizza toppings. (Photo: Business Wire)

The organics pilot program is currently being tested in Papa John’s locations across Lexington, KY and features four freshly-sliced, organic toppings: Roma tomatoes, green peppers, yellow onions, and mushrooms.

Papa John’s will work in partnership with Green BEAN Delivery to source the fresh, organic produce from Certified Organic family farms across the country including locations in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Oregon, California and Indiana.

Papa John’s is reinforcing its dedication to both ingredient quality and customer choice—actively listening to its customers and finding new ways to give them what they want from their favorite pizza maker. Testing organic ingredients is a natural step in Papa John’s BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA promise and clean label journey.

“Our customers want to know where their food comes from and how it is produced,” said Sean Muldoon, Chief Ingredient Officer, Papa John’s. “At Papa John’s, we are constantly looking at ways to meet the needs of our customers whether it’s through our clean label initiative or testing organic produce,” continued Muldoon. “Moving into a test of organic produce is a natural progression as Papa John’s takes pride in our position of having the cleanest label in the pizza industry.”

The Papa John’s organic pilot program is an important first step in considering the viability of utilizing organic ingredients on a larger scale. According to the Organic Trade Association, in 2015 organic fruits and vegetables reached $14.4 billion in sales and almost 13 percent of the produce sold in the U.S. is now organic. Given recent sales trends that number could reach nearly 20 percent by 2020. Additionally, more than half of American households purchase organic produce.

“Papa John’s is showing great leadership by stepping out into the organic marketplace and testing the quality and viability of the supply chain,” said Matt Ewer, CEO of Green BEAN Delivery. “They are a major influence in creating this positive change in our food system.”

Papa John’s is the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of the following ingredients across its entire food menu:

  • Preservatives BHA and BHT
  • Flavor enhancer MSG
  • Cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils
  • Artificial flavors and synthetic colors
  • High fructose corn syrup

In 2016, the brand announced the elimination of artificial flavors and synthetic colors across its entire food menu. Last summer, the pizza brand also fully transitioned the chicken used in grilled chicken pizza toppings and poppers to be fed on a vegetarian diet and raised without human or animal antibiotics, and went completely cage-free with its eggs.

About Johncol, Inc.

Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last 5 years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and now Lancaster. Papa John’s is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.

Also visit us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For 15 of the past 17 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League, the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball and the Official Pizza Partner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns, Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram at instagram.com/papajohns, and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza. Looking to be a part of something Better? Join the Papa John’s Pizza Family at www.papajohns.com/careers/ and www.papajohns.com/franchise.

PAPA JOHN’S PRESENTS CHECK TO THE JANIS FOLIGNO FOUNDATION

At the last home game of the regular season, Papa John’s of Central Ohio had a check ready to present to the Janis Foligno Foundation in the amount of $17,250. However just before the presentation, Nick Foligno scored his 26th goal, adding to the total donation!

This donation is a combination of Nick’s 26 goals and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Defender pizza during the hockey season. All donations will be given to the Janis Foligno Foundation, an organization that supports local charities and research projects committed to finding a cure for cancer, and which provide care and treatment to those battling the disease.

And as the Jackets head into the postseason Papa John’s is doubling down to fight cancer! For each goal Nick scores during the postseason, we will donate $1,000 to the Janis Foligno Foundation!

To learn more or donate to the Janis Foligno Foundation, please http://www.janisfolignofoundation.com

OUR CAPTAIN, NICK FOLIGNO SCORES 26 GOALS

On Thursday April 6, 2017 Nick scored his 26th goal of the 2016-2017 season. Papa John’s is proud to partner with Nick and donate to the Janis Foligno Foundation for each goal he scores this season.

All season long, as you pile on the pepperoni with our Defender pizza, Papa John’s will pile on the donation. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Defender pizza will be donated to the Janis Foligno Foundation. The additional donation will complement the ongoing Papa John’s support already given for each Nick Foligno goal.

Papa John’s will donate $500 for every goal Nick Foligno scores during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Blue Jackets season. All donations will be given to the Janis Foligno Foundation, an organization that supports local charities and research projects committed to finding a cure for cancer, and which provide care and treatment to those battling the disease.

To learn more or donate to the Janis Foligno Foundation, please visit http://www.janisfolignofoundation.com

PAPA JOHN’S® DOUBLES DOWN ON #FOLIGNO500

Columbus, Ohio, March 29, 2017 – Charles Burris, Vice President/Operating Partner of Papa John’s of Central Ohio, is excited to announce the expansion of Foligno500 for the upcoming postseason.

#Foligno500 was created through Papa John’s Partnership with Nick Foligno, Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Throughout the 2016-17 season, every time Nick scored a goal, Papa John’s donated $500 to the Janis Foligno Foundation, an organization that supports local charities and research projects committed to finding a cure for cancer. The foundation also provides care and treatment to those battling the disease.

So far in the 2016-17 season, Nick’s goal scoring has generated $12,000 in donations to the Janis Foligno Foundation from Papa John’s Pizza. To add to this, John Buccigross from ESPN has committed, via Twitter, to match the donation given by Papa John’s. Thank You Bucci!

“Our family can’t thank Charles and Michelle and the Papa John’s family enough for their support of the Janis Foligno Foundation and our fight against cancer,” said Foligno. “Their commitment has allowed us to continue our work to help those affected by cancer with the many services we support, but most importantly their contributions aid in the research to help find a cure for this horrible disease.”
As Nick Foligno and the Columbus Blue Jackets gear up for the postseason, Papa John’s will be doubling down on their donation. We call it #Foligno1000! For every goal Nick scores during the postseason Papa John’s will donate an additional $1,000 to the Janis Foligno foundation. “We are excited to expand on the Foligno500 throughout the playoffs,” said Burris. “Nick had a great season and we hope he keeps it going. We are so extremely proud to support the great work of the Janis Foligno Foundation!” Go Nick! Go Jackets! Beat Cancer!

To learn more or donate to the Janis Foligno Foundation, please visit http://www.janisfolignofoundation.com
Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 27 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last 5 years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and now Lancaster. Papa John’s is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.
Also visit us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or Twitter at https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.

If you would like more information or want to schedule an interview with Charles Burris, please contact:

Julie Kooser at 740-549-2201 ext 2007 or julie@papajohnscolumbus.com