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Papa John's Lays the Blame at the Feet of Papa John

Company blames founder for 10.5% sales drop

(Newser) - Sales were way down at Papa John's outlets across the country in July—and "Papa John" himself is the reason why, the company says. President and CEO Steve Ritchie revealed Tuesday that sales were down 10.5% in July, and said "results have been challenged by recent... More »

Papa John's Founder Fires Another Shot at Pizza Chain

John Schnatter has 'no confidence' in management team

(Newser) - Former Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has lobbed another grenade in his war with the pizza chain he founded, telling CNBC Thursday that he has "no confidence" in the company's leadership team. At the head of that team is CEO Steve Ritchie, Schnatter's handpicked successor (Schnatter... More »

Papa John's Founder Is Suing

John Schnatter wants corporate records

(Newser) - The founder of the Papa John's pizza chain filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking access to the company's books and records following his resignation as chairman earlier this month amid reports that he used a racial slur during a media training session, the AP reports. In a complaint filed... More »

Papa John's Adopts 'Poison Pill' to Keep Founder at Bay

Plan will prevent John Schnatter from securing a controlling stake in the company

(Newser) - Papa John's is attempting to ward off its disgraced founder by adopting a poison-pill plan. The company is struggling to distance itself from John Schnatter, who resigned as chairman this month after his use of a racial slur during a media training session was revealed. He stepped down late... More »

Pizza Scandal May Have Killed Big Fast-Food Merger

Papa John's and Wendy's were talking before John Schnatter's mess

(Newser) - The fallout from a scandal involving Papa John's founder is still being felt, with reports now suggesting the world's third-largest pizza-delivery company missed out on a possible merger. Per the Wall Street Journal , John Schnatter held preliminary merger talks with executives from Wendy's before a scandal erupted... More »

Papa John's Founder: I Shouldn't Have Stepped Down

John Schnatter calls it a 'mistake,' explains why he wouldn't work with Kanye West

(Newser) - John Schnatter is having second thoughts about resigning from the company he created. The Papa John's founder, who stepped down as chairman of the company's board of directors last week after admitting he had used the n-word on a conference call, said in a letter to the directors... More »

Sports Teams Dropping Papa John's Like It's Hot

Source says founder John Schnatter regrets resignation

(Newser) - Papa John's founder has stepped down as chairman and been kicked out of his office at company headquarters—but the company is still experiencing fallout from John Schnatter's use of a racial slur . Since the former CEO admitted using the n-word during a conference call, numerous professional and... More »

Papa John's Kicks Founder Out of His Office

Fallout over John Schnatter's use of n-word continues

(Newser) - One more punishment for Papa John's founder John Schnatter over his use of the n-word : He just got the boot from his office at company headquarters in Kentucky, reports CNBC . Schnatter had previously resigned as chairman of the board—though he remains on the board in a lesser capacity... More »

Fallout Widens Over Slur by Papa John's Founder

You won't be seeing John Schnatter's image on signs or logos

(Newser) - Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter as the face of the company in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after he apologized for using the n-word in a conference call. The pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name.... More »

Papa John's Is Now Papaless

Founder John Schnatter resigns as chairman

(Newser) - Papa John's says founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board. The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May, the AP reports. The apology came after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the... More »

Papa John's Founder Admits He Used N-Word

John Schnatter was downplaying his NFL anthem comments at the time

(Newser) - Papa John's shares fell by as much as 5.9% Wednesday after the pizza chain's founder confirmed a report that he had used the n-word back in May, CNBC reports. John Schnatter was on a conference call with a marketing agency at the time, according to the Forbes... More »

Bitcoin Used in 2010 to Buy 2 Pizzas Now Worth $82M

The cryptocurrency has gone up in price just a bit since then

(Newser) - Hallmark may need to update its official list of holidays . Tuesday was Bitcoin Pizza Day, or what Business Insider calls "the most celebrated day in crypto," marking the eighth anniversary of when programmer Laszlo Hanyecz made what's thought to be the very first purchase with bitcoin. That... More »

Papa John's Drops NFL Sponsorship

Last year, CEO blamed anthem protests for poor sales

(Newser) - The NFL is now lacking an "official pizza." Papa John's has announced that it is cutting ties with the league, ending a sponsorship deal that began in 2010, CNN reports. Steve Ritchie, the pizza chain's new CEO, says the company will now focus on deals with... More »

Papa John's Is Losing Its Papa

Founder John Schnatter is stepping down as CEO in January

(Newser) - The Papa John of Papa John's is stepping down as CEO of the pizza chain effective Jan. 1, CNN reports. Papa John's founder John Schnatter will stay on as chairman, the company said Thursday. No reason for Schnatter's changing role was given, but the company said he... More »

Papa John's Apologizes for Founder's NFL Remarks

Company slams neo-Nazis, says it believes in the right to protest

(Newser) - Papa John's Pizza has walked back founder and CEO John Schnatter's claim that NFL player protests are behind falling pizza sales . In a series of tweets Tuesday, the chain apologized to anyone who found the remarks "divisive," and said it was open to ideas from all,... More »

Papa John's: Pizza Isn't Selling Because Players Are Kneeling

John Schnatter wants NFL to force players to stand for national anthem

(Newser) - "Papa" John Schnatter, fresh off seeing his net worth drop $70 million, is blaming the NFL's tolerance of player protests for declining pizza sales at his eponymous restaurants, Forbes reports. Papa John's released its third-quarter financial report Tuesday, and while it beat its estimates for earnings and... More »

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

Survey finds McDonald's is dead last; Chick-fil-A comes out on top

(Newser) - The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas. And per 24/7 Wall St. , fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year'... More »

Police Say Papa John's Had More Than Pizza in Its Boxes

Employees accused of slinging cocaine out of restaurant

(Newser) - "You don’t think, like, 'Is my pizza going to be covered in cocaine today?'" a surprised Papa John's customer tells KIRO . Police in Washington state arrested two Papa John's employees Friday for allegedly selling cocaine out of the restaurant. CNN reports an investigation into... More »

Teen Gets Into Yale With Essay on ... Papa John's

Carolina Williams described her delight upon receiving a pizza from the chain

(Newser) - "When the delivery person rings my doorbell, I instantly morph into one of Pavlov's dogs, salivating to the sound that signals the arrival of the cheesy, circular glory." That's how Tennessee's Carolina Williams describes her delight upon receiving a pizza from Papa John's, which... More »

Little-Known Billionaire's Job: Making Cheese for Our Pizza

You've probably never heard of James Leprino, the 'Willy Wonka of cheese'

(Newser) - You've likely never seen a photo of James Leprino, a 79-year-old reclusive billionaire in Colorado who runs Leprino Foods, a cheese and dairy manufacturing company. But that business is actually an empire—its website says it's the "world's largest producer of mozzarella"—and though Leprino... More »

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