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‘Papa’s Lighter Choices’: A Healthier Take on Pizza at Papa John’s

The new line of pizzas boasts low-calorie ingredients

Papa John's is adding a lighter choices option and nutritional calculator.

Now that Papa John’s has pledged to remove artificial ingredients and preservatives from its menu, the company is coming out with a slew of lighter options for those who want to enjoy pizza without the guilt, according to a press release.

The lighter pizza varieties include Mediterranean veggie, chicken and veggie, grilled chicken and Canadian bacon, tropical luau, and Hawaiian chicken.

Papa John’s is also adding a nutritional calculator online so customers can see exactly how many calories they’re consuming. When creating an order, customers can use the meal builder to add or take away ingredients based on preference and calorie count.

Bob Kraut, the chief marketing officer at Papa John’s, explained that this is a new concept that should appeal to people who want to eat lighter pizzas. “You won’t find any processed, low-calorie ingredients, because our Papa’s Lighter Choices menu items are made from the same better ingredients our customers expect from us,” Kraut said.

There are no exact nutritional facts for these pizzas yet, but Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter has said that pizza is good for you. We’ll just assume this new lighter line is the superfood of pizzas.

Papa John&rsquos to Put Chicken and Waffles Pizza on the Menu

The specialty item was the result of a national vote.

Earlier this month, Papa John’s launched a survey—"Pick Our Next Pizza"—that let customers vote on the latest “specialty" pie to be added to the pizza chain’s menu. There were four options to choose from: Huevos Rancheros (chorizo, eggs, ranchero sauce, onions, tomato, and mozzarella), The Roast (smoked pulled pork, sweet chili hoisin bbq sauce, bacon, and onions), The Un-Pizza (which sounds like pizza dip, since there’s no dough) and finally, Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles (crispy chicken, “waffle crumbles,” bacon, cheese, and a drizzle of spicy honey). Customers had until February 7 to vote, when the choices were ultimately narrowed down to Huevos and Hot Honey Chicken—on Tuesday, Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles was officially declared the winner via the Papa John&aposs Twitter account.

Of the 52,000-plus votes that were cast, Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles received more than 70 percent of the final vote, according to a statement. The sweet and savory pie will be on the menu at Papa John’s stores in North America—price will vary depending on location. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a while to try it out, as it won’t launch until later this year. But in the meantime, let this be an excuse to sample all of the other specialty pies Papa John’s has to offer, like Philly Cheesesteak and “The Works” (pepperoni, Canadian bacon, spicy Italian sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and black olives). Or, try out one of our many chicken and waffle recipes to prepare yourself.

In other Papa John’s news, the chain just announced that it will be partnering with Purdue University Global to offer a tuition reimbursement program for its employees. The partnership offers more than 180 different online degree programs, ranging from cybersecurity to finance𠅋oth corporate and franchise employees will have access to tuition benefits. To find out more, check out the full story here.

Why The Alt-Right Now Loves Papa John's

Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter got cheesed off about the NFL kneeling controversy on a conference call with investors on Wednesday, and by Thursday his product was being held up by the world’s most influential neo-Nazi site as the potential pizza of choice for the alt-right.

Once The Daily Stormer decides to embrace a brand, the entire white supremacist community tends to jump in. It has happened before with New Balance, with Wendy’s.

Now it might happen to Papa John’s, after Schnatter decided on Wednesday to publicly re-evaluate his company’s relationship with the NFL, whose ratings are down this year. In particular, Schnatter had had enough of the league allowing its players to kneel during the national anthem.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” he said, staggering into the national spotlight as if it were last call at a whiskey bar in Louisville, Papa John’s home turf. “The NFL has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

Papa John’s has been the NFL’s official pizza sponsor since 2010, and Schnatter blamed the 24 percent drop in his company’s stock price this year on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inability to quash an ongoing protest by players in a mostly black league who are tired of police shooting black people.

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” said Schnatter, who donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

In response, Papa John’s is pulling ads from some NFL games this season, according to Schnatter.

“This is great,” wrote columnist Adrian Sol at The Daily Stormer, which has served as a platform for racists to gripe about the NFL’s racial makeup and their distaste for what the website has called the “Negro Felon League.”

As a rule, the alt-right white supremacist movement tends to disdain professional sports, mainly because the big leagues are filled with people of color and are closer to a meritocracy of talent than almost anything else in society. The NFL, for instance, has welcomed numerous athletes from Samoa ― where coincidentally The Daily Stormer recently transferred its domain. So when majority-minority sports leagues such as the NBA or the NFL suffer hardship, racists rejoice.

“This might be the first time ever in modern history that a major institution is going to be completely destroyed explicitly because of public outrage over their anti-White agenda,” Sol wrote after noting the news that Papa John’s was punishing the NFL for not cracking down on black dissent.

“Papa John: Official pizza of the alt-right?” Sol wondered.

This isn’t the first time the alt-right Nazis at The Daily Stormer have tried to claim a brand as their own to piggyback their hate on a mainstream product and to stoke outrage. Last November, they threatened to take New Balance sneakers away from hipsters after the company’s vice president of public affairs, in response to a question about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, expressed optimism about what might happen with the deal under a Trump presidency. (New Balance is the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States.) In January, Andrew Anglin, the proprietor of The Daily Stormer, declared Wendy’s the “official burger of the Neo-Nazi Alt-Right movement” after a flack at the fast food company posted an image of Pepe the frog in red pigtails on its official Twitter feed.

But could Papa John’s pizza really become the slice of choice for the alt-right?

Peter Collins, the senior director of public relations at Papa John’s, certainly hopes not.

Collins expressed shock when HuffPost told him that neo-Nazis were considering endorsing his company’s product. “I appreciate you bringing this to light,” he said. “We didn’t have any idea about it.”

Collins later emailed an official statement from Papa John’s on the matter: “We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it. We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza.”

Healthy Options

Papa Murphys menu does offer something that we haven't yet seen at the big delivery chains. a group of pizzas considered to be a lighter option. Called the deLITE® Pizza, these pizzas come with an thin, crispy crust. According to PM, they have 1/2 the carbs and 1/2 the calories of the same pizza on their original crust. A great option is you're watching the waistline. Select the vegetarian option and you're really being good.

deLITE® Pizzas come in the following varieties:

  • Cheese deLITE® - herb tomato sauce and three cheeses.
  • Pepperoni deLITE® - same as above but with pepperoni too.
  • *Meat deLITE® - three meats - pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, and herb tomato sauce and three cheeses.
  • Veggie deLITE® - spinach, mushrooms, and Roma tomatoes, three cheeses, and creamy garlic sauce.
  • Hawaiian deLITE® - Canadian bacon, pineapple, herb tomato sauce and three cheeses.

Papa John’s Adopts ‘Poison Pill’ Defense Against John Schnatter

Papa John’s is preparing for a fight against John Schnatter, the pizza chain’s founder and former chairman, by adopting a so-called poison pill defense to protect itself against a hostile takeover attempt.

The plan, announced late Sunday by the company’s board, is meant to prevent any shareholder from amassing a controlling interest in Papa John’s. Mr. Schnatter, who resigned as chairman this month after a report that he had used a racial slur in a comment about black people, owns 30 percent of the company’s stock, making him its largest shareholder.

Mr. Schnatter has said since stepping down that doing so “was a mistake” and that he was pressured to leave by board members acting on “rumor and innuendo.”

The poison pill strategy — which has been used by, among others, Avis, Netflix and Sotheby’s, and in a battle between Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank — is typically employed to fend off takeover efforts by activist investors and acquisitive rivals. It has rarely been used to preemptively rebuff a company founder, one notable exception being the poison pill that American Apparel adopted in 2014 amid an acrimonious split with its founder, Dov Charney.

Relations between Mr. Schnatter and the Papa John’s board, on which he still sits, have soured in a similar fashion since his comment was first reported by Forbes.

The company said it would remove Mr. Schnatter’s image from the marketing materials it frequently adorned over the years. He was also evicted from subleased office space at the corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky., and was asked to stop speaking publicly about the business.

A lawyer for Mr. Schnatter, Patricia Glaser, said he “is not going to go quietly into the night.”

Ms. Glaser declined to comment on the poison pill move by Papa John’s, which would take effect if Mr. Schnatter and his affiliates raised their combined stake in the company to 31 percent or if anyone were to buy 15 percent of the common stock without the board’s approval.

Under those circumstances, Papa John’s would dilute the value of those shares by letting other shareholders buy stock at a discount. The company said on Sunday that the provision, which expires in a year, would give the board time “to make informed decisions” and to consider possible buyout offers.

The Healthiest Pizza You Can Order

Pizza is one of the most-popular foods in the country. Eating a slice can help you get your recommended daily amount of at least three food groups: grains, dairy and vegetables. But some pizza-joint options can also be unfriendly to your waistline. A standard plain slice can start at 400 calories — and that’s without any toppings. Here are menu options from popular chains that can sabotage your healthy eating plan, and the better-for-you choices on those same menus.

At Papa John’s the smaller pies have smaller-sized slices, which means fewer calories. Plus, you’ll get a healthy dose of low-calorie veggies. Each of the eight slices in a medium Garden Fresh pie weighs in at 200 calories.

Nutrition information per serving (1/8 of a medium pie, or 106 g): 200 calories 7 g fat 3 g saturated fat 8 g protein 27 g carbohydrates 690 mg sodium

Order the Garden Fresh extra-large pie and each of the 10 slices has 290 calories — that’s 90 extra calories per slice! Eat two or three slices and the calories can quickly add up. Unless you did some research, you would never know that the larger-sized pie has larger slices.

Nutrition information per serving (1/10 of an extra-large pie, or 160 grams): 290 calories 9 g fat 4 g saturated fat 11 g protein 41 g carbohydrates 730 mg sodium

A slice of the 12-inch thin-crust ham and pineapple pizza will get you some extra fruit and lean meat for reasonable calories.

Nutrition Info (¼ of a 12-inch thin-crust pie): 290 calories 13 g fat 4 g saturated fat 11 g protein 31 g carbohydrates 610 mg sodium

Handmade pan pizza may sound healthier, but it just means a thicker crust (and more calories). Using the Domino’s online nutrition calculator, it appears as if the thin-crust ham-and-pineapple pizza and handmade pan ham-and-pineapple pizza have around the same calories. Take a closer look and you’ll see that the site displays a smaller portion for the handmade pie compared with the thin-crust one. Just a reminder to always double-check the serving size when comparing slices or pies.

Nutrition information per serving (¼ of a 12-inch handmade pan pizza): 590 calories 26 g fat 15 g saturated fat 22 g protein 60 g carbohydrates 1,040 mg sodium

No matter which type of pizza you order, the type of crust can make all the difference. A 12-inch medium thin-crust BBQ Lover’s pizza has 240 calories per each of its eight slices. This pizza is made with barbecue sauce topped with hardwood-smoked bacon, slow-roasted ham and seasoned pork.

Nutrition information per serving (1/8 of an medium thin-crust BBQ Lover’s pizza): 240 calories 10 g fat 4.5 g saturated fat 10 g protein 25 g carbohydrates 650 mg sodium

Think you’re eating fewer calories by ordering an individual pizza? The BBQ Lover’s 6-inch personal pan pizza will bust your waistline with 740 calories — and that’s without appetizers, beverages or dessert.

Nutrition information per serving (6-inch personal pan pizza): 740 calories 36 g fat 14 g saturated fat 30 g protein 74 g carbohydrates 1,590 mg sodium

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

The Epicurious Blog

In preparation for our Super Bowl Sunday celebrations, we decided to find out which of the big pizza delivery chain restaurants had the best pies. We tasted cheese and pepperoni pizzas from the big four (Pizza Hut, Domino&aposs, Papa John&aposs, and Little Caesars) to find out which one was worthy of a place in our game day spread.

See the results after the jump >>

The winner: Domino&aposs
This was by far Epi editors&apos preferred pizza of the bunch. They liked the balance of softness and crispiness in the crust, the slightly sweet sauce, and the savory spice of the pepperoni. Some felt it could use a little more cheese, but the quality of the crust is what won over the tasters, "The crispy crust is a nice touch, it has a little chewiness like real pizza," said one judge.

2nd Place: Pizza Hut
Overly sweet sauce and a thick, doughy crust put this pizza out of favor with many of the tasters. "The crust is quite puffy and fluffy, not for a crisp crust lover." However, the abundance of gooey cheese and a healthy helping of pepperoni helped make up for some of this pie&aposs shortcomings.

3rd Place: Little Caesars
While the judges enjoyed the thin crust and flavorful "zesty" sauce of this pizza, it ultimately lost points for lack of freshness. Despite the fact that it was made while we waited (there were no "Hot-n-Ready" pizzas prepared), most judges felt it was very similar to frozen pizza. "Very processed look and flavorless dough, tastes very pre-fab," stated one judge.

4th Place: Papa John&aposs
Although the majority of the judges felt this one looked the best in the box, they were disappointed by the very sweet sauce, lack of cheesiness, and dry mouth feel. "Tastes like the dough mostly. Needs a heavier hand with the cheese," noted one taster.

This was one of the threads I consulted before my Dominos taste test, and I&aposm sorry to say that I was misled. My advice would be go for Papa Johns. It&aposs slightly more expensive but they have nice offers online and taste much better than either Dominos or Pizza Hut. Recently I ordered a 2 topping pizza, chicken bacon ranch sub, sauceless wings, and dish chicken alfredo pasta from Dominos all in one go so that I could have a comprehensive evaluation.

The pizza was actually good though my standards aren&apost particularly high. The sub was a bit disappointing. For some reason it was more sour than I thought it would be even given the fact that Ranch turns sour when heated. It just didn&apost taste all that great and the bacon was hardly noticeable though the chicken and cheese were nice. The pasta was probably my favorite part. I would say they gave you enough chicken and that the sauce is not too greasy, but overall it wasn&apost anything to cry with joy over.

The real deal breaker was the chicken wings. Though the taste was acceptable the texture was absolutely horrifying. I could not believe I was eating meat. By comparison I had always liked the Papa John wings (sauceless). After an 8pc of the Dominos wings (I finished it because I hate wasting food) I had to rinse my mouth with sweet ice tea and order 30pcs of PJ wings to reconvince myself that chicken wings were edible. The meat was soft and soggy (how does that even happen?) and there was hardly any chicken taste.

So I realize that one trial may not be best to go by but Dominos chose a bad day to screw up because I can pretty safely say that I won&apost be trying them again. Sure they are cheaper than Papa John&aposs, but if you add the various deals (like Monday Mania and Web Wednesday) and the points (worth about $3 per if you translate between 25 pts and a 3 topping large pizza), the difference in price is very little and VERY worth it.

So my verdict is PAPA JOHNS over dominos unless you want to permanently ruin chicken wings for someone that is, in which case get them 40pcs of unsauced wings and force them to eat it all.

Article claims that Pizza Hut has "overly sweet sauce?" Really? Then what does that make Papa John&aposs sauce? Pizza Hut&aposs sauce NEEDS more sugar, whereas Papa John&apos is just right. The perfect pizza &aposmerge&apos would be Pizza Hut&aposs thin crust Super Supreme, but with Papa John&aposs sauce. I like a greasy pizza- and like it to be cooked lightly brown on top and not a lot of tomato sauce.

If I was judging it would be Papa John&aposs as worst and then a three way tie for not-quite-as-bad-as-Papa John&aposs. However, even bad pizza is pretty good. I wouldn&apost turn down PJ if someone else ordered it and paid.

Felixvega you lie. Domino&aposs does not use frozen dough for its hand-tossed pizza, never has. Stop making stuff up.

This article really doesn&apost make sense? I am not all all biased but, I have worked at several of these chains. First you say delivery chains, but Little Caesars does not deliver. The article states that Little Caesars tastes "Pre-Fab?" What you may not know is that they are the only major chain that still makes dough in the store fresh. No frozen discs made 3 months ago (Pizza Hut) and no frozen dough balls allowed to defrost made 3 months ago (Dominos). If the critics that made the comparison were judging based a New York Style pizza. ok. maybe these are not the same. But these "great and gourmet" pizza parlours are just mom and pop locations. Not Billion dollar empires like the big three. I eat from all Pizza locations trying to size up competition. In order it should be: Little Caesars, Dominos, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut. That is why Little Caesars is the fastest growing pizza chain in the world and Voted Best Value in America 7 years in a row.

Papa John&aposs 4th place - I don&apost think so. Pizza Hut is one big greasy mess. My list would be:
1st - Papa John&aposs
2nd - Domino&aposs
3rd - Pizza Hut
4th - Little Caesars

I&aposve heard of Papa Murphy&aposs but never had it. They don&apost have in California that I know of. Round Table is good but expensive.

Papa Murphy&aposs is pizza that is freshly made at the store, you take it home and bake it yourself. They&aposre not bad and you can customize however you like.

Never heard of Round Table and Papa Murphy&aposs. I&aposm guessing they were going for national chains, all of which are gross. I&aposd rather eat a Red Baron.

Papa John’s Founder Says Resignation Was a Mistake

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, here with a pizza box bearing his likeness at the American Music Awards in 2011, resigned as chairman of the company last week, after stepping down as CEO in December.

Julie Jargon

The founder of Papa John’s International Inc. vowed to fight the pizza chain over how it pressed him to step aside for his use of a racial slur, in a controversy that is casting fresh attention on the handling of race issues in corporate America.

John Schnatter last week publicly apologized for using the slur during media training over the phone with a marketing agency, which was intended to prepare him for returning to his role as brand spokesman. Days later, in a letter to the directors reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, he said he regretted giving up the chairmanship and accused the board of failing to investigate the nature of the phone call and the intention behind his use of the racial slur.

He said in the letter that he wasn’t a racist and that while he articulated the word in a discussion, he didn’t do so as a racial epithet.

“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so,” Mr. Schnatter said in the letter, dated Saturday. “I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted.”

Papa John’s declined to comment Tuesday, but the company has distanced itself from the man who founded the company 34 years ago. It said in a press release over the weekend that Mr. Schnatter is no longer allowed to use office space at corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky., and that he would no longer be in any advertising or marketing materials.

However there are enough options out there to be able to enjoy pizza and not completely wreck your healthy diet. So I set off to figure out which Pizza chain has the healthiest pizza. Most major pizza chains offer nutritional information on their websites, although the varying options in crusts, sauces and toppings can make it a challenge to do any comparisons. So for simplicity I decided to compare the chains’ large cheese only pizzas, as that is a common type among all pizzerias. Below is a break-down of what I found:

According to Papa Johns website, one slice of their large thin crust cheese pizza contains 230 calories (110 calories from fat) with a total fat content of 12g (18% of DV), 5g Saturated Fat, 25g (8% of DV) Cholesterol, 380mg (16% of DV) of Sodium, 22g (7% of DV) of carbs, 2g of sugar and 9g of protein. Worthy of mention, from the information I was able to dig up, Papa Johns is the only pizza franchise to offer a whole-wheat crust.

According to Pizza Hut’s website, one slice of their large Thin ‘N Crispy cheese pizza contains 260 calories (100 calories from fat) with a total fat content of 11g, 5g Saturated Fat, 30mg of Cholesterol, 750mg of Sodium, 28g of carbs, 5g of sugar and 12g of protein.

Domino’s Pizza offers a complete nutritional guide in PDF form. Not-so-user-friendly, the guide is divided into ‘build your own’ sections, so to get a count you appear to have to add the details for the crust and the details for the cheese together. Furthermore, they do not offer nutritional information by the slice, but by the entire pizza! This makes the comparison a bit challenging. However they do provide serving sizes. So after adding the details for the crust with the details for the cheese, then dividing by their serving size I have obtained the following details: according to their guide, one slice of their large Crusty Thin Crust cheese pizza with marinara sauce contains 256.25 calories (80.6 calories from fat) with a total fat content of 9.125g, 4.1g Saturated Fat, 18.75g Cholesterol, 551.25mg of Sodium, 33.75g of carbs, 3g of sugar and 10g of protein.

According to CiCi’s Pizza’s website, one slice of their 15” cheese pizza contains 185 calories with a total fat content of 5.2g, 2.3g Saturated Fat, 11mg of Cholesterol, 297mg of Sodium, 24g of carbs, 2g of sugar and 7g of protein. One thing worth noting about CiCi’s is that they are the only large chain which boasts a 100% trans fat-free menu.

According to Chuck E. Cheese’s website, one slice of their large cheese pizza contains 169 calories (41 calories from fat) with a total fat content of 5g, 2g Saturated Fat, 10mg of Cholesterol, 389mg of Sodium, 24g of carbs and 8g of protein. We must give kudos to Chuck E. Cheese for adding nutritional information to their in-store menu boards, in addition to providing nutritional information about their items on their website. Further, their gluten-free pizza option puts them higher on the healthy list in comparison to most other pizza chains. In fact they were recently tied for second healthiest pizza chain in the market. (Lesser known Pizza Ranch took first place and California Pizza Kitchen tied for second place. See the full result of the study here.)

If you are fortunate enough to have a Naked Pizza in your area, this seems to be by far the best option. In fact, this is the only pizza chain I could find that actually prides itself on health. Truly unique for a pizza chain, they use all-natural, whole food ingredients and their crust is made from an Ancestral blend of 10 grains consisting of oats, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, spelt, tapioca and two kinds of wheat. Their crust also contains prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics – healthy bacteria for digestive health, like the good stuff found in yogurt. They don’t add sugar, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil. Check out their Naked Nutrition Guide on their website to read about all of the nutritional information. Similarly put-together as Domino’s nutrition guide, I had to do some adding and figuring to obtain the final stats… One slice of their large thin-crust cheese pizza with marinara sauce contains 141.5 calories (53.25 calories from fat) with a total fat content of 6g, 3.5g Saturated Fat, 16.125g Cholesterol, 314.75mg of Sodium, 15g of carbs, .5g of sugar and 7.875g of protein.

Even when nutritional information is not readily available, there are logical healthier choices at most pizza places.

First off, and kind of obvious, whenever you can, choose Whole wheat crust as opposed to standard white flour crust, providing a viable, fiber-rich option to those pizza lovers the country over.

If you cannot obtain a whole wheat crust, choose instead a thin crust as opposed to thick crust pizza as a healthier option. In fact, according to Men’s Health, Papa Johns pan crust pizza has 12 more grams of carbohydrates and 4.5 more grams of saturated fat per slice than their original (thinner) crust. According to an article in Men’s Health, Domino's Crunchy Thin Crust cheese pizza is one of the lowest-calorie pies in America, at only 181 calories.

Choosing Cheddar cheese as opposed to mozzarella will save you some fat, as Cheddar has 1/3 less fat. Domino’s Pizza is one chain that has the option of Cheddar cheese.

Whenever you can, choosing vegetables as opposed to Sausage, Pepperoni and other fatty meats is a smart idea.

To summarize, whenever you are craving pizza, stick to a slices of thin, preferably whole wheat, crust with light cheese and vegetables, and you will be doing yourself some favors and won’t have to feel so guilty about your pizza enjoyment.

Trian Considers a Takeover Bid for Papa John’s

An image of founder John Schnatter on a Papa John's pizza box.

Julie Jargon

Cara Lombardo

Dana Mattioli

Trian Fund Management LP is evaluating a takeover bid for Papa John’s International Inc., people familiar with the matter said.

The activist hedge fund recently contacted the pizza chain to collect information as it explores a possible bid, the people said. Trian is one of several parties to express interest since Papa John’s put itself up for sale amid an acrimonious fight with its founder, John Schnatter, who remains on the board and owns nearly 30% of the company’s shares.

There is no guarantee that Trian will make an offer or that Papa John’s will ultimately be sold. There are several other potential bidders, some people familiar with the situation added, including companies and private-equity firms.

Papa John’s is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery chain after Domino’s Pizza Inc. and Yum Brands Inc.’s Pizza Hut. The Louisville, Ky., company that Mr. Schnatter founded in 1984 has more than 5,000 locations in 45 countries.

Trian, which owns a roughly 13% stake in Wendy’s Co. and holds three seats on the burger chain’s board, is known for working with the management of struggling companies. Nelson Peltz, Trian’s co-founder and Wendy’s chairman, invited Mr. Schnatter in late June to meet the burger company’s leaders to discuss a possible deal.

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