Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza® Is Not Raising The Price Of Their Pizza Despite Industry Reports On The Rising Cost Of Cheese
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Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza® Is Not Raising The Price Of Their Pizza Despite Industry Reports On The Rising Cost Of Cheese

EVERETT, WA (June, 2007) -- Despite reports of the rising cost of cheese, Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza® proudly informs its customers that pizza prices will remain the same.

"We have heard national news stories about several pizza chains that have had to raise the cost of their pizza and we want to let our customers know this will not affect Garlic Jim's," says Dwayne Northrop, chairman and CEO, Garlic Jims. "We make a habit of watching the costs of all our ingredients and reporting them in our weekly newsletter to all of our franchises. This allows us to stay on top of market changes and work within our cost margins so the price to our customers is not affected."

According to reports, block cheddar cheese is at an all time high of $2.06 a pound this week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a 55 percent increase from the end of 2006, when it was $1.33 a pound. Cheddar is the benchmark for mozzarella and other types of cheese, which typically make up the largest single ingredient for pizza companies.

The biggest reason for the cost increase, according to Rob Hainer, spokesman for the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, is a sharp rise in the cost of feed grain, primarily corn. Fueled by the growing popularity of ethanol, corn prices have risen to about $4 a bushel, roughly double the price from a year ago.

Other factors for the cheese price increase include a drought in Australia and growing demand in China and Russia for American-made dairy products. Hainer says a lack of rain this year throughout the eastern U.S. could continue to drive up the cost of corn, in turn, raising dairy prices.

Garlic Jim's uses some 500,000 pounds of 100% whole-milk mozzarella and 20,000 lbs. of high quality cheddar cheese a year. "We will not allow this price hike to affect the quality of the cheeses we use on our pizzas," states Northrop.

Garlic Jim's, the first and only "gourmet" carry-out and delivery pizza chain, is one of the nation's fastest growing pizza chains with 40 open units in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington.

ABOUT GARLIC JIMS

In the $33 billion dollar-a-year, highly competitive U.S. pizza industry, Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza is proud to be the first pizza franchise to focus on quick delivery pizza made fresh with gourmet toppings. Garlic Jim's in-store system and team member training allows them to make pizza in 20 minutes or less "from order to out the door," thus pioneering the concept "Gourmet, Right Away."

At Garlic Jim's the term 'gourmet' signifies more than just the finished pizza – it refers to the finest ingredients: fresh packed sauces, fresh 100% whole milk mozzarella and fresh dough made daily, where the customer can certainly taste the difference. Garlic Jim's offers customers two crust choices; hand thrown thick crust, made with parmesan cheese and buttermilk, or garlic thin & crispy, four cheese options; mozzarella, cheddar, feta and parmesan, five sauces; classic red, basil pesto, zesty chipotle pesto, Smoky BBQ sauce or olive oil, and a variety of meats, vegetables and gourmet toppings such as roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts, corn salsa and sun dried tomatoes.

Garlic Jim's has grown from two open stores in 2004 to 40 open stores and a total of 104 franchises sold as of June 2007. In addition to current locations in Oregon, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, Garlic Jim's has units under development in New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. With projections of doubling in size in 2007, Garlic Jim's is sure to become the fastest growing gourmet pizza franchise in the country. For more information on Garlic Jim's pizza and franchising, visit their Web site at www.garlicjims.com, or call 866-918-jims (5467).

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