Letter from Founder, Chairman and CEO "Papa John" Schnatter
celebrates latest accomplishment in brand's BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
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.
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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)
2. Caramel Color
3. Corn Syrup Solids
Titanium Dioxide (color enhancer)
6. Disodium Guanylate
7. Disodium Inosinate
Hydrolyzed Corn/Soy Protein
9. Autolyzed Yeast
11. Corn Syrup
12. Calcium Propionate
13. Phosphoric Acids
14. 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
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
Papa John's: Better Ingredients. Always Had Them. Always Will.
"Papa John" Schnatter
Founder, Chairman and CEO
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 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.
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Papa John's International, Inc.
Peter Collins, 502-261-4233
Director, Public Relations
Source: Papa John's International, Inc.
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