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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS, PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR RENEWAL OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP

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Name entitlement of the hockey club’s promotion team highlights the elevated partnership

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and the locally-owned franchisee group for Papa John’s Pizza announced today the multiyear renewal and enhancement of its corporate partnership.  Papa John’s Pizza, which holds designation as the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has been affiliated with the NHL club since the 2011-12 season.

The newest component of the partnership is name entitlement of the Blue Jackets promotions team.  Members of the newly rebranded “Papa John’s Goal Patrol” are team ambassadors that actively engage fans at games and around the community.  On game nights, they meet and greet guests, solicit fans to participate in various promotions and on-ice contests and distribute prizes.  They are also involved in numerous team and community events on a year-round basis.

“We’re excited to continue our fantastic relationship with the Blue Jackets and we’re eager to get the Papa John’s Goal Patrol out to interact with fans both inside Nationwide Arena and at community events across Ohio,” said Charles Burris, vice president and operating partner of Johncol, Inc., the Columbus franchise group.

“The local Papa John’s franchisee group is always looking for new ways to activate and engage with our fans so aligning them with our interactive promotion team is a great extension of the partnership,” added Cameron Scholvin, senior vice president, chief revenue officer of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The renewed partnership continues familiar in-game activation such as the pizza toss and presentation of Papa John’s Future Jackets youth hockey intermission features.  In addition, Papa John’s continues the “Score Twice, Half Price” promotion where fans that order online can receive 50% off large pizzas the day following any home or road game in which the Jackets score two goals.  To activate the discount, fans must order on PapaJohns.com and enter promotional code “Jackets50” at checkout.

Papa John’s CBJ Student Rush program also returns to provide high school and college students discounted game tickets and a free offer from Papa John’s.

The Blue Jackets will kick off their 16th NHL season on Thursday, October 13 against the Boston Bruins.  Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 About Papa John’s Pizza

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. Johncol, Inc. 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.

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.  Papa John’s International is the world’s third largest pizza company. For 14 of the past 16 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 and Super Bowl 51.

 

COLUMBUS CREW SC FEATURED ON PAPA JOHN’S BOXES IN CENTRAL OHIO

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Columbus Crew SC-branded boxes promoting “We Win. You Win.” now available at central Ohio Papa John’s stores. The Columbus Crew SC and the locally-owned franchisee group for Papa John’s Pizza have teamed up to deliver a soccer-themed pizza box. Now through the remainder of Crew SC season, any customer that orders a large pizza from a central Ohio Papa John’s restaurant will receive their pizza in a Crew SC-branded Black and Gold box.

At Papa John’s of Central Ohio we are dedicated not only to our Better Ingredients Better Pizza promise, but also to our local partnerships. Our new pizza box supports our partnership with Columbus Crew SC logo and colors as well as our We Win. You Win. promotion stated on the box.

 

 

 

 

PAPA JOHN’S ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF TRANSITION TO ANTIBIOTIC-FREE GRILLED CHICKEN PIZZA TOPPINGS AND POPPERS

The pizza company celebrates latest clean label milestone in its BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. promise

 
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KY (July 20, 2016) — In December of 2015, Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced that its grilled chicken pizza toppings and chicken poppers would consist of poultry raised without human or animal antibiotics and fed on a vegetarian diet by summer 2016. Today, the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company celebrates the fulfillment of that promise on its clean label journey.

“When Papa John’s opened its doors in 1984, I had one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. Today, our clean label journey remains an essential part of that promise, and our commitment to our customers is as strong as ever,” said Founder, Chairman and CEO “Papa John” Schnatter. “The completion of the transition to raised without antibiotics chicken toppings on our pizza and poppers is just one better ingredient moment, and we’re excited to show our customers what we have in store for the future.”

This change comes as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to address consumer preferences, which have evolved to demand and expect higher-quality ingredients.

“We’ve taken a lot of steps to bring our customers transparency around our ingredients,” said Sean Muldoon, Papa John’s Chief Ingredient Officer. “Since December, hundreds of hours were spent on product development and testing to bring our better grilled chicken pizza toppings and poppers to consumers. This is a proud day for Papa John’s.”

Over the years, Papa John’s has solidified its clean label leadership position by becoming 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; and
  • High fructose corn syrup.

This fall customers will hear more from the company about the clean ingredient commitments including an effort around cage-free eggs. Papa John’s is committed to converting to cage-free eggs by the end of 2016. These  future changes are just some of the ingredient areas Papa John’s is exploring to deliver on its promise of “better.”

In June, Papa John’s was ranked No. 1 among QSR-pizza brands in customer satisfaction and product quality. The 2016 recognition marks the 15th time out of the previous 17 years that the pizza brand led the pizza industry in overall customer satisfaction. The brand’s commitment to quality is a journey not a destination and the desire to be “better” is certainly not finished.

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 Lancaster.  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 and Official Pizza of Major League Baseball. 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, Twitterat www.twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram at www.instagram.com/papajohns, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza, and Vine at www.vine.co/papajohns. Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising with Papa John’s atwww.papajohns.com/franchise.

Papa John’s Leads the Pizza Category in Customer Satisfaction and Product Quality

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Ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among QSR pizza chains in annual American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report for 15th time in 17 years

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 21, 2016 – Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) continues to set the bar high among quick-service restaurants and pizza chains. According to the 2016 American Customer  Satisfaction Index (ACSI) that was released today, Papa John’s ranked first among QSR-pizza brands in customer satisfaction and product quality, while also ranking second overall among limited service restaurants. This year’s recognition marks the 15th time out of the previous 17 years that the Louisville- based pizza chain led the pizza industry in overall customer satisfaction.

“At Papa John’s, it all comes down to better ingredients — and our most important ingredient is our people. We take care of our people, who in turn go above and beyond to take care of customers. This simple, yet winning formula works because we are never satisfied with good enough. From employee development, such as our ‘Driver to CEO’ program, to the Clean Label initiative, Papa John’s is committed every day to providing a better experience for our team member and customers,” said “Papa  John” Schnatter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Papa John’s International.

Papa John’s earned the highest marks in customer satisfaction and product quality among quick-service pizza restaurants in the individual ACSI ratings. It also improved its overall ASCI score from the previous year, rising four points. These measures are included in the ACSI surveys sent to limited service restaurant customers in the first quarter of 2016. Papa John’s dedication to quality is reinforced by its financial investment of over $100 million annually to provide superior product to its customers. Papa John’s is the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of: preservatives like MSG, BHA and BHT; cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils; artificial flavors and synthetic colors and the removal of High Fructose Corn Syrup across the entire food menu.

About ACSI Survey

ACSI uses customer interviews as input to a multi-equation econometric model developed at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The ACSI model is a cause-and-effect model with indices for drivers of satisfaction on one side (customer expectations, perceived quality and perceived value), satisfaction (ACSI) in the center, and outcomes of satisfaction on the other side (customer complaints and customer loyalty, including customer retention and price tolerance). Indexes are reported on a 0 to 100 scale.

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 Lancaster.  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 of Major League Baseball, Proud Sponsor of Major League Baseball and Supporting Sponsor of the Major League Baseball Play Ball Initiative. 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 www.twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram at  www.instagram.com/papajohns, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza, and Vine

at www.vine.co/papajohns. Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising with Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com/franchise.

Papa John’s Grand Opening Celebration – North Westerville Saturday May 7th!

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This Saturday May 7th from noon – 2 pm join The Westerville Chamber of Commerce, Jody Shelley, Team Television Analyst, and former left winger of The Columbus Blue Jackets, and mascots S.C of Columbus Crew and Stinger of the Blue Jackets as well as the entire Papa John’s of Central Ohio team for the official ribbon cutting. There will giveaways as well as chances to win prizes by taking a spin of the Papa John’s prize wheel! Come out and join the celebration of our newest Central Ohio location.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papa John’s Removes High Fructose Corn Syrup From Entire Food Menu

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2016) —Papa John’s (NASDAQ: PZZA) continues to solidify its commitment to “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” by becoming the first national pizza chain to announce the removal of high fructose corn syrup from its entire food menu. As of today, this change has been fully implemented and includes all pizza ingredients, pizza toppings, dessert items, and sauce selections.

“We are proud to announce that Papa John’s is the first national pizza chain to remove high fructose corn syrup from our entire food menu,” said Sean Muldoon, Papa John’s Chief Ingredient Officer. “We’ve always strived for high quality ingredients in our pizzas and continue our aggressive push toward cleaner ingredients and menu offerings. We work tirelessly to set the industry’s gold standard for pizza ingredient quality, and this is the next step in fulfilling our promise to deliver better ingredients.”

Papa John’s dedication to quality is reinforced by its financial investment of over $100 million dollars annually to provide superior product to its customers. In January 2016, Papa John’s removed all artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its menu. And, in February of this year, Papa John’s backed up its gold standard commitment by introducing the Quality Guarantee: If you don’t love your pizza, tell us why and we’ll deliver another one absolutely free. By summer 2016, the chicken in Papa John’s grilled chicken pizza toppings and chicken poppers will be raised without human and animal antibiotics, as well as fed a vegetarian diet.

Papa John’s can now add NO high fructose corn syrup to its already extensive list of “NO” ingredients, including: NO partially hydrogenated oils, NO MSG, NO fillers in meat toppings, NO BHA, NO BHT, NO cellulose, NO artificial flavors, NO synthetic colors, and by summertime, NO antibiotics in its chicken toppings and poppers. These ingredient improvements underscore Papa John’s commitment to menu transparency and dedication to providing quality ingredients, every time.

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 Lancaster. Johncol, Inc. is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Crew SC. 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.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For 14 of the past 16 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 and the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball. 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, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza, and Vine at vine.co/papajohns. Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising with Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com/franchise.

CREW SC EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH PAPA JOHN’S OF COLUMBUS

CCSC-PrimaryColumbus Crew SC today announced that it is reached a multi-year partnership extension with Papa John’s of Columbus that will see the brand remain the Official Pizza of Columbus Crew SC and MAPFRE Stadium. Per club policy, further terms of the partnership were not disclosed. Crew SC and Papa John’s of Columbus began their partnership ahead of the 2013 Black & Gold season.

“We are proud to continue and expand our partnership with Papa John’s of Columbus as the Official Pizza of Columbus Crew SC,” said Columbus Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane. “Papa John’s of Columbus is committed to building value for the growing base of Crew SC supporters across a variety of promotional, digital, and retail activations. Supporters can expect the introduction of new Papa John’s engagements throughout the season.”
As elements of the partnership, Papa John’s will continue to have a permanent concession stand on MAPFRE Stadium’s east concourse in addition to newly added and enhanced concourse signage. Furthermore, the “We Win, You Win” offer returns for all Crew SC supporters to enjoy 50% off regular menu prices at participating Papa John’s Columbus locations the day after all Black & Gold victories.

New in 2016, the partnership also features the creation of an in-match promotion that encourages supporters to send photos while at Crew SC matches using #CrewSC and #PapaJohnsPics for a chance to appear on the main MAPFRE Stadium scoreboard and win a prize pack. A new sweepstakes promotion also gives supporters the chance to win a pizza party in a suite at a Crew SC match, including pre-match on-field access in the MAPFRE Stadium player tunnel.

“We are excited to enter into our second multi-year agreement with Columbus Crew SC,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza. “It’s been a great partnership. Moving forward, we will be engaging and having more fun with the supporters than ever before.”

The Papa John’s Family Four Pack also is set to continue, offering supporters an affordable ticket package to home matches at MAPFRE Stadium including four Papa John’s pizzas, four Pepsi products and four match tickets. The company also will continue to have on-site activation at Crew SC matches – including field-level LED signage at MAPFRE Stadium – as well as various hospitality considerations.

PAPA JOHN’S STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AS THE OFFICIAL PIZZA OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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Louisville, KY (April 1, 2016) —Papa John’s (NASDAQ: PZZA), the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company, is stepping up to the plate to become the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball (MLB) after signing a multiyear agreement. As an Official Sponsor of MLB, Papa John’s will be activating an integrated marketing and experiential campaign across MLB‘s media platforms, signature events, and the Play Ball Initiative.

Beginning Sunday, April 3rd with the first game and continuing throughout the MLB season, Papa John’s will be making Grand Slams even better with Papa Slams. For every Papa Slam hit, fans receive 40 percent off any pizza at regular menu price the following day at www.papajohns.com. Simply visit Papa John’s web site the day after a Papa Slam is hit and enter promo code: PAPASLAM.

Each Papa Slam will be promoted across MLB.com, MLB social channels, MLB Network and MLB.TV with live look-ins on games when the bases are loaded. Papa John’s will also be promoting Papa Slam across its digital, TV and social media channels. For more information about the partnership and the upcoming Papa Slam promotion, visit www.mlb.com/papaslam.

“This partnership combines two of the nation’s favorite pastimes, eating pizza and watching baseball,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder, chairman and CEO. “As the Official Pizza of Major League Baseball, we are delivering a better pizza to baseball fans and making Grand Slams even more exciting with Papa Slam.”

Papa John’s partnership with MLB expands its strong relationship with the league on the club level. Papa John’s is an Official Pizza of 21 MLB teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

“With 21 Club deals and involvement in youth baseball, Papa John’s has demonstrated a commitment to baseball and we are delighted they are deepening their involvement with a national MLB partnership,” said Bob Bowman, MLB President, Business & Media. “The Papa Slam is a fun opportunity for Papa John’s to provide a desirable fan benefit connected to the Grand Slam, baseball’s most exciting offensive moment.”

In 2015, there were 108 Grand Slams and 4,073 plate appearances with the bases loaded. Here are some other Grand Slam feats:
• Most grand slams in a career: 25
• Most grand slams in a season by a team: 14
• MLB players to hit two grand slams in a single game: 13
• Most grand slams in a season by an MLB player: 6

Papa John’s is also a proud supporter of youth baseball, as the founding sponsor of the inaugural Papa John’s Youth Baseball Invitational. Youth baseball teams from the Miami area compete for the once-in- a-lifetime all expenses-paid trip to Dyersville, Iowa, to compete in a baseball tournament and skills competition at the iconic Field of Dreams movie site. The brand will expand its youth baseball initiative as a Supporting Sponsor of MLB’s Play Ball effort, the league’s program to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities especially focused on youth.

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 14 of the past 16 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 of Major League Baseball, Proud Sponsor of Major League Baseball and Supporting Sponsor of the Major League Baseball Play Ball Initiative.
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, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza, and Vine at vine.co/papajohns. Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising with Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com/franchise.

About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million mark. Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug- testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

PAPA JOHN’S OF CENTRAL OHIO TO FEATURE OHIOHEALTH CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON ON LARGE PIZZA BOXES IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PROMOTION

IMG_3539COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 9, 2016) – Papa John’s of Central Ohio will feature the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon on hundreds of thousands of pizza boxes during a six-week promotion leading into the annual spring celebration of fitness on April 30.

The promotion is the first of its kind for a major running event in the country. The Columbus Blue Jackets were the first National Hockey League team to be featured on a Papa John’s box, and now the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is the first running event. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza of the Capital City Half Marathon and the Blue Jackets.

“Papa John’s is a tremendous partner of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and huge supporter of our professional sports teams and our community,” said Race Director David Babner. “We are honored to have a corporate partner re-branding such an important asset to help promote the National Championship edition of the Capital City Half Marathon to hundreds of thousands of Papa John’s customers throughout Central Ohio.”

The Papa John’s pizza boxes promote that the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships will be televised live on WBNS 10TV for the first time and that proceeds of a Papa John’s online special benefits the OhioHealth Foundation.

“Papa John’s is proud to be the Official Pizza of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and excited to be part of such a major community event. We are also extremely proud to continue our support of the OhioHealth Foundation,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner of Papa John’s of Central Ohio. “We encourage all of our customers to participate in Cap City by running or walking in the event, coming out and cheering on family and friends or supporting the OhioHealth Foundation through our special offers.”

Papa John’s of Central Ohio will throw the “World’s Largest Pizza Party” by offering a free slice to all of the finishers in the Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K at the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party in the Columbus Commons. Papa John’s donates an estimated 2,000 large pizzas for the giveaway.

Through Race Day, Papa John’s of Central Ohio is offering an online special offer for two large one-topping pizzas and a 2-liter of soda for $22, with $2 of each purchase donated to the OhioHealth Foundation. Visit www.papajohns.com and select SPECIALS to purchase.

On April 30, Papa John’s will also donate five percent of gross sales in its 25 restaurants to the OhioHealth Foundation, the benefiting charity of the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon since 2015.

The promotional pizza box also features a special offer to Papa John’s customers for a $10 discount into the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon and 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K with the code 16PAPAJOHNS.

In 2016, a portion of Cap City’s proceeds and 100 percent of Papa John’s fund-raising campaigns associated with the event benefit fragile newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and hospice patients at Kobacker House, OhioHealth’s inpatient hospice care facility.

The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, Patrón Quarter Marathon, 10TV Commit To Be Fit 5K and 2016 USA Half Marathon Championships will be held in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods on April 30. All events begin and finish at the Columbus Commons, home of the Byers Xtra Mile Finish Line Party and Miller Lite Post-Race Concert.

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon sponsors and partners include OhioHealth, KeyBank, Diamond Cellar, Byers Airport Subaru, Papa John’s of Central Ohio, Yellow Tail Sparkling Wine, Marathon Petroleum, Tequila Patrón, Giant Eagle, Miller Lite, WBNS 10TV, Panera Bread, Gatorade, Diet Pepsi, 614 Magazine, Proforma Graphic Services, BOOM! Nutrition, Fleet Feet Sports Columbus and Uber.

For more information on the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and to register, visit capitalcityhalfmarathon.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

About the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and M3S Sports
The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon was founded in 2004 and is produced by M3S Sports, a sports marketing firm based in Columbus dedicated to celebrating a healthy active lifestyle. The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon and the City of Columbus will host the USA Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017. DailyBurn named The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon the “Best Half Marathon In Ohio” in January 2014. M3S Sports also produces the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, the Ohio State Four Miler, The Memorial Tournament Four Miler and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. For more information, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com and www.m3ssports.com

Papa John’s First National Pizza Chain to Announce Elimination of Artificial Flavors and Synthetic Colors From Entire Food Menu

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Say goodbye to artificial flavors and synthetic colors, and say hello to “Better” in 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BUSINESS WIRE) —Papa John’s is continuing to deliver on its promise to bring “Better Ingredients” by becoming the first national pizza chain to announce it has removed artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. This includes all pizza ingredients, pizza toppings, dessert items, and sauce selections.

“We closed out 2015 announcing our commitment to serve chicken raised without antibiotics and are ringing in the New Year artificial-flavor and synthetic-color free,” said Sean Muldoon, Papa John’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “We’re so proud to be able to show our customers how much we care about what they’re eating. This exemplifies Papa John’s continued efforts to deliver high-quality products. It’s the right thing to do.”

Ever committed to its “Better Ingredients Better Pizza.” promise, Papa John’s strives to deliver only the best ingredients in its pizza. That is why the company invests over $100 million dollars a year in its products, and it is this dedication that drives Papa John’s to continue achieving milestones on its journey to deliver better products.

Papa John’s is starting off 2016 with NO artificial flavors, NO synthetic colors, and by summertime, NO antibiotics in its chicken toppings and poppers. These, of course, join Papa John’s current “NO” list of: NO trans-fats, NO MSG, NO fillers in core meat toppings, NO BHA, NO BHT, and NO partially hydrogenated oils.

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.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/papajohnscolumbus or
Twitter: https://twitter.com/papajohnscbus.
If you would like more information or want to schedule an interview with Charles Burris please contact: Julie Kooser 740-549-2201 ext. 2007 or Julie@papajohnscolumbus.com

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 14 of the past 16 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 and Super Bowl 50. 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, Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza, and Vine at vine.co/papajohns. Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising with Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com/franchise.