THE PAPA JOHN’S/KROGER CHILLY OPEN CELEBRATES 21 YEARS OF GIVING IN THE COMMUNITY!

The Papa John’s/Kroger Chilly Open annual fundraising event is organized and run by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club. This family friendly event is held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and features over 20 local restaurants serving samples of their delicious food. The event also has live music, live and silent auctions and a children’s area.

In February 2017, the Papa John’s/Kroger Chilly Open celebrated its 21st year and helped raise over $200,000 for Central Ohio’s local children’s charities. With the help of volunteers, attendees, sponsors and the community in its 21 years the Chilly Open has raised and donated more than $2.5 million! Papa John’s is proud to be an active sponsor in this local community event.

Check out their website to learn more http://chillyopen.org/

PAPA JOHN’S COMPLETES REMOVAL OF 14 UNWANTED INGREDIENTS

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Letter from Founder, Chairman and CEO “Papa John” Schnatter celebrates latest accomplishment in brand’s BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. Promise

 

 

LOUISVILLE, KY., (October 4, 2016) In June of 2015, Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced that it was working to remove 14 unwanted ingredients from its menu. Today, the pizza-making organization marked another Clean Label milestone with the fulfillment of that promise through a letter from Founder, Chairman and CEO “Papa John” Schnatter.

 

Dear Fellow Pizza Lovers –

Last June, I made a promise in an open letter in USA Today to the Moms and Dads of America that we would remove 14 unwanted ingredients from Papa John’s pizzas by the end of 2016. Those ingredients included:

 

Artificial Colors (Synthetic and Certified FD&C)

  1. Synthetic Beta Carotene
  2. Caramel Color
  3. Corn Syrup Solids
  4. Titanium Dioxide (color enhancer)

Artificial Flavors

  1. Vanillin

Flavor Enhancers

  1. Disodium Guanylate
  2. Disodium Inosinate
  3. Hydrolyzed Corn/Soy Protein
  4. Autolyzed Yeast

Sweeteners

  1. HFCS
  2. Corn Syrup

Preservatives

  1. Calcium Propionate
  2. Phosphoric Acids

Other

  1. Maltodextrin – thickener

Today, I’m proud to announce that promise has been fulfilled!  We have completed the full removal of these unwanted ingredients across our entire food menu. We continue to be a brand leader when it comes to clean ingredients by achieving key milestones on our promise of BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA., which was pledged over 30 years ago. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done, and continue to do, to fulfill this promise.

I started this company with a commitment to providing families with the highest-quality ingredients on our menu. I knew that with better ingredients, we could create better pizzas for everyone to enjoy. We continue to deliver on this promise today.

As part of our Clean Label commitment to you, Papa John’s was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of: preservatives such as BHA and BHT, flavor enhancer MSG, cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils, and High Fructose Corn Syrup. We also fully transitioned our chicken used in grilled chicken pizza toppings and chicken poppers to be fed on a vegetarian diet and raised without human or animal antibiotics. And as we promised this summer – we’ve completed the transition to cage-free eggs across our entire menu.

But we aren’t done being “Better.” Our Chief Ingredient Officer, Sean Muldoon, and his team continue to explore how we can deliver on our promise of BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. This fall, you will hear more from us with new and innovative menu items that remain true to our clean ingredient promise. We continue to prioritize our path of quality and transparency, and work to deliver better ingredients with every single order.

When I opened the doors to Papa John’s in 1984, I had one goal in mind: Better Pizza.  Today, our Clean Label journey remains an essential part of that promise, and our commitment to you, our customer, is as strong as ever. As we look ahead, I am proud to continue creating milestones on that journey and excited to show you what we have in store for the future.

Papa John’s:  Better Ingredients. Always Had Them. Always Will. Respectfully,

“Papa John” Schnatter Founder, Chairman and CEO

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, Twitter

at www.twitter.com/PapaJohns, YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns, Instagram atwww.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.

 

 

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.