Central London was covered in flour and dough earlier today as Papa
John's staff broke a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title to celebrate the
launch of the pizza chain's 300th store in the UK.
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Papa John's employees get stuck in tossing pizza dough as they officially break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the most number of people tossing pizza dough at once. (Photo: Business Wire)
Lead by Papa John's Founder and CEO, John Schnatter, an army of
record-breakers descended on London's Potters Field Park, beside Tower
Bridge, with the aim of setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for
the most people tossing pizza dough simultaneously.
John Schnatter said: "Today has been a fantastic way to showcase the
passion we have at Papa John's for pizza and to demonstrate how much
skill goes into making pizzas. I am delighted that we have broken the
record today - a great way to begin our 300th store opening
celebrations in Wimbledon tomorrow."
"Our staff have worked incredibly hard today and it is testament to
their dedication to the craft of pizza making that we have smashed the
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ today."
Strictly Come Dancing professional, Natalie Lowe, also took to the stage
and played her part in achieving the record by motivating all of the
participants with some Fit Steps and classic dance steps, such as Salsa
Natalie, who signaled the start of the attempt said: "What a fantastic
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title! I'm so excited to have played a part in
getting everyone motivated and teaching some dance moves. It was a lot
Today's event kicked off at 8:00am this morning when Papa John's
employees and volunteers began arriving to take up their spot for the
338 participants completed the challenge and broke the previous GUINNESS
WORLD RECORDS title of 278 people achieved by Istituto Nazionale della
Pizza, in September 2014, in Naples, Italy.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator, Justine Tommey, was on hand to
oversee the successful record attempt.
Justine said: "In order for this record to be broken, the attempt must
take place in a single location and participants must toss their portion
of pizza dough for a minimum of one minute. At the end of the attempt,
each portion must measure at least 30.5cm in diameter.
"It was a fantastic effort and achievement by everyone involved. I
congratulate them all on their GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ success!" she
The official opening of the pizza giant's 300th UK store will
take place in Wimbledon tomorrow afternoon, with Papa John himself
making a special visit and personally handing out pizzas.
Papa John's was founded in the USA in 1984 and there are now almost 300
stores across the UK, each fulfilling John's ‘Better Ingredients. Better
Pizza' philosophy. Papa John's has more than 4,600 stores in 37
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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
13 of the past 15 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 XLIX. 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,
or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns.
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