Papa John's Founder Resigns After Using Racial Slur, Gains $50 Million

Papa John's Founder Resigns After Using Racial Slur, Gains $50 Million

Papa John’s pizza continues to flounder after it was reported that the company’s Founder and Chairman John Schnatter had used the N-word in a conference call aimed at preparing Schnatter to take on a more public view. According to Forbes, the company was planning to re-introduce Schnatter as a large part of the Papa John’s marketing campaign after he had stepped back because of his controversial NFL comments. Schnatter stepped down as CEO late last year in response to backlash caused by his remarks blaming the NFL protests for a slow in Papa Johns’ business.

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NFL Inks New Official Sponsorship Deal Hours After Cutting Ties with Papa John’s

NFL Inks New Official Sponsorship Deal Hours After Cutting Ties with Papa John’s

On Wednesday, Pizza Hut announced it had signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the NFL's new official pizza sponsor. The announcement comes one day after Papa John’s announced it had ended it’s NFL sponsorship deal according to "Business Insider."

Papa John's new CEO Steve Ritchie, who took over for founder John Schnatter in December, told investors Tuesday that Papa John's would be shifting its marketing from the NFL as a whole to focus on specific teams and players.

Papa John's and the NFL said in a statement that they made a "mutual decision" to end the pizza chain's official league sponsorship deal, bringing an end to Papa John's 8-year run as the official pizza of the NFL.

Back in November, then-CEO Schnatter blamed the National Football League's leadership for hurting the company's performance because it had not resolved the ongoing controversy over players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.

With the end of the NFL deal, Papa John's is "redirecting investments" towards new technology, as 60% of the chain's sales are made through digital channels.

Ritchie said that the chain has been "perceived to be too expensive" and will double down on value going forward. Papa John's is additionally planning to expand its menu, according to executives.

After the announcement, shares of Papa Johns shed as much as 8 percent in aftermarket trading, says “CNBC.” 

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Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement

Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement
  • According to Simply Lyons, 58% of consumers read the ingredient list and 72% of consumers say they prefer ingredients they can recognize.

  • Papa John’s is spending $100 million to remove artificial ingredients from its menu, according to Simply Lyons.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we’re taking a closer look at the history behind the ‘Clean Label’ consumer movement, which demands a “return to real food and transparency through authenticity,” according to Go Clean Label™. As identified by Foodable Labs, this is important because food transparency, health, and wellness are key factors to restaurant success now and in the coming years.

To learn more about what that exactly means for farmers, suppliers, retailers, and restaurants, be sure to watch the video above. If you’d like more information about the Clean Label movement, visit the Go Clean Label™ website.

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Will Pizza Survive The Delivery Boom?

Will they? In short, yes.  Pizza is not going anywhere.  It is still one of America's favorite foods for get-togethers, events, movie night, or cheap food on the fly.  But, like many other sectors in the foodservice arena, we see a shift.  Foodable Labs tracks over six million influencers and over 100 pizza chains.  Our data shows that pizza delivery over the last year is down, 12.8 percent to be exact, among 18 to 34-year-olds.  What is causing the slip?  Watch the video for more! 

 
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How Houston Restaurants are Giving Back to the Local Community Post-Hurricane Harvey

How Houston Restaurants are Giving Back to the Local Community Post-Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane season is upon us and as another beast of a storm comes tumbling our way, Texas is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. 

People’s houses, businesses, and even lives has been destroyed in a matter of days. 

But out of the bad comes the good. In these times of hardship, we really see America’s charitable spirit. Millions have been donated and there have been so many volunteers after the storm that they are being turned away.

JJ Watt’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund has raised over $20 million.

But celebrities and super star athletes aren’t the only ones donating and offering a helping hand to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Big food businesses and local restaurants are doing their part to help Harvey’s victims. 

Kellogg Company has donated $100,000 to Feeding America and other relief organizations in the Gulf area. The cereal company has also donated over a million servings of its products and snacks to the Houston food bank.

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