Heads Up! Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss Lands On ‘Heads’ Giving Free Papa John’s Pizza To Millions!

Hey America, are you ready for some free Papa John’s pizza – the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL and Super Bowl XVLI? In one of the most anticipated “flips” in history, the coin toss for Super Bowl XVLI landed on “heads” this evening, resulting in a free large one-topping Papa John’s pizza and 2-liter Pepsi MAX for the millions of members of Papa John’s Papa Rewards customer loyalty program.

Fans who were enrolled in Papa Rewards as of 6 p.m. ET today will receive an email Monday with instructions on how to get their large one-topping pizza and 2-liter Pepsi MAX.

“No matter which team you are rooting for, everyone enrolled in Papa Rewards walks away a winner after Super Bowl XLVI,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and CEO. “It’s our way of celebrating a terrific NFL season and rewarding our loyal Papa Rewards customers.”

America chose which side of the coin it would be on via a popular vote Jan. 22 through Feb. 1 at www.papajohns.com. “Heads” prevailed with 60 percent of the vote.

Papa John’s Super Bowl Coin Toss Experience was supported via an integrated marketing campaign that included a national television commercial featuring NFL stars Peyton Manning and Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, along with Schnatter, as well as digital media advertising, social media, media relations, and interactive, video-rich Web pages at www.papajohns.com.

As a special thanks to our customers all Columbus Ohio area Papa John’s restaurants will be offering a Large One-Topping Pizza for only $.46 cents this week only with the purchase of Large Specialty Pizza.

America Calls ‘Heads’ For Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss And Chance For Free Papa John’s Pizza

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, today announced that America has called “heads” in Papa John’s Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss Experience. With America’s call, the millions of fans enrolled in the company’s Papa Rewards customer loyalty program will receive a free large one-topping pizza and 2-liter Pepsi MAX if the coin toss in Super Bowl XLVI lands on “heads.”

America chose which side of the coin based on popular vote the past 10 days at www.papajohns.com. “Heads” prevailed with 60 percent of the vote.

But making the call is just part of Papa John’s Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss Experience. Americans can enroll in Papa Rewards at www.papajohns.com until 6 p.m. ET Super Bowl Sunday to receive the free pizza and Pepsi MAX if America’s call is correct.

“We’re thrilled with the response of NFL fans and our customers to Papa John’s Super Bowl Coin Toss Experience,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and CEO. “Recognizing it’s not every day that you get a chance for free pizza and Pepsi MAX on the simple flip of a coin, we expect the rush of people signing up for Papa Rewards to continue right up until the official coin is tossed.”

“I’ve never seen so much excitement about a coin toss,” said NFL star and Super Bowl XLI champion Peyton Manning. “I’ll be crossing my fingers with all of America for the coin to land on heads and reward everyone with free Papa John’s pizza.”

Added Super Bowl XL Champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist Jerome “The Bus” Bettis: “For years, the coin toss I participated in on Thanksgiving Day 1998 has been recognized as one of the most famous in NFL history. If this year’s coin toss comes up ‘heads,’ I may be passing Papa John’s the torch for the most memorable coin toss.”

Last year for Super Bowl XLV, Papa John’s set a single-day sales record by selling more than 1 million pizzas, driven in part by offering a free large pizza to everyone in America if the game went into overtime. In the fourth quarter, the teams were separated by only 3 points, but the game did not go into overtime. In fact, no Super Bowl has ever gone into overtime.

“We generated a lot of excitement toward the end of Super Bowl XLV,” Schnatter said. “For Super Bowl XLVI, we’re flipping our strategy – literally – and generating a lot of drama for NFL fans and our customers at the beginning of Super Bowl XLVI.”

If the coin toss for Super Bowl XLVI lands on heads, each Papa Rewards member will receive an email Monday, Feb. 6, with instructions on how to get their free large one-topping pizza and 2-liter Pepsi MAX.

Papa John’s To Give Free Pizza To America If Fans Correctly ‘Call’ Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss

No National Football League sponsor knows a quality “toss” like Papa John’s founder, Chairman and CEO John Schnatter, but he’s counting on America to call the coin toss for Super Bowl XLVI so that the country can flip over free pizza.

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, today unveiled its Super Bowl XLVI Coin Toss Experience, which includes a free large one-topping pizza and 2-liter Pepsi MAX for the millions of fans enrolled in Papa John’s Papa Rewards program … if America correctly “calls” the Super Bowl coin toss. No matter which team wins the Super Bowl, Papa John’s fans have skin in the game.

“Papa” John Schnatter, who started Papa John’s in 1984 out of the back of his father’s tavern in Jeffersonville, Ind., has recruited Super Bowl champions Peyton Manning and Jerome “The Bus” Bettis to help spread the word and “coach” America on the coin toss vote. Papa John’s has 23 restaurants in the Central Ohio area.

Bringing this powerful threesome together is the crescendo of Papa John’s NFL season-long marketing strategy that has surprised and delighted millions of Papa John’s customers. Papa John’s, the only national pizza chain with a system-wide rewards program, will continue this blitz the next two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl XLVI coin toss. The integrated campaign includes a national television commercial featuring Manning and Bettis that first aired during yesterday’s NFC and AFC Championship games, digital media advertising, social media (#freepapajohns), and interactive, video-rich web pages at www.papajohns.com.

America will make its “heads” or “tails” call for the Super Bowl XLVI coin toss by voting at www.papajohns.com today through Feb. 1. Schnatter will announce the result of America’s vote Feb. 2 on the NFL Network in Indianapolis and via social media and at www.papajohns.com.

If America’s call is correct, everyone enrolled in Papa Rewards as of 6 p.m. ET Super Bowl Sunday will receive an email the following day with instructions on how to claim their pizza and Pepsi MAX prize.

“This won’t be an easy call for America, but as the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, it’s an easy call for Papa John’s to offer a promotion like this to our loyal customers,” Schnatter said. “The Super Bowl is the largest stage in all of sports, and it’s the biggest sales day of the year for us. We’re going all out with quality players like Peyton Manning and The Bus to make sure our customers have a great experience with the highest-quality pizza.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Papa John’s team and this exciting promotion that revolves around the biggest day of the year – the Super Bowl,” said Manning, who won Super Bowl XLI. “I really didn’t expect to be a referee this year, but – like I said in the commercial — ’a man’s gotta work.’”

“The pressure is on, America,” said Bettis, who is a finalist this year for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “It’s hard to believe there could be an NFL coin toss with bigger stakes than what I experienced Thanksgiving Day 1998 … but with free Papa John’s and Pepsi MAX on the line for millions of fans in Super Bowl XLVI, this certainly is huge!”

Occurring between the singing of the National Anthem and kickoff, the Super Bowl coin toss puts viewers on the edge of their seats … and players and coaches simply on edge.  In fact, the NFC is on an incredible 14-year winning streak with Super Bowl coin tosses (Super Bowl XXXII – Super Bowl XLV).  Some additional interesting Super Bowl coin toss statistics:

• In 45 Super Bowls, heads has been called 23 times and tails 22
• 24 of the 45 tosses have come up heads, and 21 tails
• The NFC has 24 Super Bowl wins, with a dominating 31 coin toss wins
• The AFC has 21 Super Bowl wins, compared to only 14 coin toss wins

Last year for Super Bowl XLV, Papa John’s set a single-day sales record by selling more than one million pizzas, driven in part by offering a free large pizza to everyone in America if the game went into overtime. In the fourth quarter, the teams were separated by only 3 points, but the game did not go into overtime. In fact, no Super Bowl has ever gone into overtime.

This year, America’s odds of winning free Papa John’s are much better … on the toss of a coin.

Papa John’s is in the second year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL.

Lots Of Papa Johns Pizza At The 2012 Wendy’s Chili Open

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to announce that its 16th annual Wendy’s Chili Open fundraising event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from noon to 5:00 p.m.  This is one of the largest 1-day fundraisers planned and run entirely by Rotary Club members in the country.

In addition to showcasing Wendy’s Chili, this family-oriented event features food from several prominent local restaurants, live music provided by The Debits, silent auctions, live auctions, raffles, The Children’s Open with supervised entertainment in the Activity Pavilion of the Zoo, The Polar Bear Golf Open at Safari Golf Club, and other zoo-wide entertainment, with all proceeds going to area children’s charities.  The event will again be hosted by local celebrities Dom Tiberi of WBNS 10TV and Woody Johnson of WCOL 92.3.

In its previous 15 years, this fundraising event has raised over $1.7 million with 100% of the proceeds donated to area children’s charities such as The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Children’s Hunger Alliance, Flying Horse Farms, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, The Ohio Troopers Caring Fund, The Sunrise Rotary Foundation, W.A.R.M.,The Buckeye Ranch, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and numerous other children’s betterment programs.

This year, the event is presented by Kroger and Papa John’s along with media sponsors that include WBNS 10TV, The Columbus Dispatch, WCOL 92.3, This Week Community Newspapers, and ClearChannel Outdoor.

Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo for $30 on the day of the event. $5 discount coupons will be available in The Dispatch and from Papa John’s.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $25 on the event web site www.wendyschiiopen.com. Parking at the Zoo will be the usual $5 per vehicle and children 12 and under may attend free when accompanying an event ticketholder.

The purchase of an event ticket also includes free admittance to the Zoo and all its exhibits for the entire day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please visit the Wendy’s Chili Open event web site at www.wendyschiliopen.com or the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium web site at www.columbuszoo.org for additional information.

For further event and sponsorship opportunities and additional details, please contact Pat Kemmer, 2012 event Chairperson, at (614) 679-2418 or patkemmer@gmail.com.

Papa John’s Announces Its Grand Opening In Pickerington

The Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.’s Operating Partner Charles Burris is pleased to announce the opening of a new Papa John’s Pizza restaurant in Pickerington.

The Pickerington restaurant, located at 1201 Hill Road North (next to Big Lots) began servicing the Pickerington area on September 8th and is open for delivery, carryout and online ordering at papajohns.com. This Friday the 14th from Noon-1pm join the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Blue Jackets Mascot “Stinger”, and the entire Papa John’s of Central Ohio team for the official ribbon cutting. “Stinger” from the Blue Jackets will be giving away some CBJ merchandise and a chance to win tickets to a game! There will be other great door prizes including a year of FREE Pizza and samples from Papa John’s Pizza.

 “We’re very excited about our newest location in Pickerington. They have given us an extremely warm welcome and we look forward to our partnership with this great community for years to come,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.

Papa John’s remains focused on using the highest quality ingredients to make its customers superior-quality products including original and thin crust pizzas, Cheesesticks, Wings and Chickenstrips. Papa John’s makes the crust of every traditional pizza with fresh dough (never frozen) prepared with clear-filtered water in the company’s regional quality control centers. Papa John’s uses only fresh-packed tomato sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, which go from the vine to the can in an average of six hours, 100% mozzarella cheese and vegetables that are cut fresh in the restaurant every day.

Johncol, Inc. the local franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 23 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team was recognized as the 2010 Papa John’s Franchisee of the Year. 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 and Newark/Heath. Johncol, Inc. also recently signed a multi-year partnership as the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s is the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus Blue Jackets & Papa John’s Columbus Announce New Multiyear Partnership

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s Pizza announced today a new multiyear partnership that makes the world’s third largest pizza company the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Papa John’s will be the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena starting tonight at Blue Jackets FanFest presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories from 5-9PM. During tonight’s event, fans may visit the Papa John’s concession stand that anchors the food offerings on the Bud Light Terrace located on the arena’s main concourse.

The fully integrated partnership is highlighted by a host of in-market and in-game promotions as well as traditional in-arena messaging elements. Every Monday during hockey season, Papa John’s customers and Blue Jackets fans have a chance to score free toppings thanks to the weekly Blue Jackets Special – a large cheese pizza for just $9.99, complete with a free topping for every goal that the team scores in its last game. The number of free toppings doubles with a Jackets win. In addition, the Blue Jackets and Papa John’s are also teaming up to offer a monthly contest in which businesses may register online for a chance to win a pizza party at the office and Blue Jackets game tickets.

“We are very excited to partner with the central Ohio franchise group to bring the strength of Papa John’s national brand to our team,” said Cameron Scholvin, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re particularly looking forward to engaging Blue Jackets fans throughout the year via Papa John’s marketplace activations.”

“Our entire organization has always been big fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza. “This multiyear partnership marks our first with a central Ohio sports team and our number one focus will be on the fans, with exciting promotions in game and out in the local community.”

The partnership further reaches the youth hockey and skating community with messaging at the Chiller Ice Rinks and presenting sponsorship of Chiller birthday parties held at the suburban rinks.

Also, when the Blue Jackets celebrate their 11th National Hockey League Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Nashville Predators, all fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Blue Jackets magnet schedule courtesy of Papa John’s.

Papa John’s to give away 1 million pizzas to Papa Rewards members throughout NFL season

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, announced today that it is kicking off the 2011 NFL regular season where it left off at Super Bowl XLV – offering all of America the chance to win a free large one-topping pizza.

With the season set to kick off this Thursday, Papa John’s is rewriting the playbook by announcing the first-ever and one-of-a-kind Million Pizza Giveaway to members of its Papa Rewards online customer loyalty program.

“We are pleased to bring the excitement of free pizza during football season to our existing loyal customers and new enrollees in the Papa Rewards loyalty program at papajohns.com,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The Million Pizza Giveaway gets our pizza right where we want it – in the mouths of consumers. Once consumers try Papa John’s quality pizza, they will come back again and again – and the Papa Rewards program will reward them for it.”

Beginning today, current Papa Rewards members and consumers who sign up for Papa Rewards at papajohns.com will have the chance to be randomly selected to receive one of the 60,000 free large one-topping pizzas Papa John’s will award each week during the NFL regular season in the form of 20 Papa Rewards points deposited in their account. Consumers can enroll any time throughout the regular season, and can also get information about the Million Pizza Giveaway by liking Papa John’s on Facebook.
Papa John’s is in the second year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL and is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.

Papa John’s franchise remodels 17 local restaurants

The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s, which was awarded the company’s prestigious title of 2010 Franchisee of the Year in March, recently remodeled 17 of their 22 locations.

The Johncol team continues to do an outstanding job of delivering on the “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza” brand promise and the recent remodels are an example of their commitment to the brand. The new restaurant lobby enhancements are simple, clean, inviting and deliver the brand personality and promise through signature elements which include a very appealing red and grey color scheme.

On a recent trip to Columbus, Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter, toured some of the remodeled stores and recognized Johncol’s commitment to the brand. The Johncol team was the first franchise team in the country to complete a remodel of this scale.

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is in the house!

Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter, and his entire executive team joined the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s at the Ohio State RPAC for their quarterly team meeting on April 18, 2011. The Johncol team was recently awarded the company’s prestigious title of 2010 Franchisee of the Year. This is the second trip to Columbus for Papa John Schnatter who recently toured some of the remodeled stores and recognized Johncol’s commitment to the brand.

 “Johncol, Inc. has done an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer. “This franchisee is an excellent role model for the entire Papa John’s system and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”

Local Papa John’s team earns national honor and named #1 franchise

The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s has been honored and awarded the company’s prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year for 2010 at the Papa John’s worldwide Operators Convention in Orlando, Florida. on March 8.

Johncol, Inc. is based in Columbus with 22 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the award from Papa John’s founder John Schnatter in recognition of their outstanding sales growth, Pizza Quality, Customer Service and excellence in store operations and restaurant image. 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 and Newark/Heath.

“Johncol, Inc. has done an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer. “This franchisee is an excellent role model for the entire Papa John’s system and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”