Papa Murphy's Named Chain of the Year

Papa Murphy's Named Chain of the Year

Take 'n' Bake Pizza Giant Only Three-Time Recipient of Segment Accolade

VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Papa Murphy's International, America's largest take 'n' bake pizza chain, has been named by Pizza Today magazine as its 2008 Chain of the Year. Announced in the magazine's June 2008 issue, the company is a three-time recipient of the accolade, first in 2001 and again in 2006, and is the only chain to receive it more than once.

"The pizza industry has been on a roller coaster of sorts over the past 12 months, but Papa Murphy's has been straight and steady," said Jeremy White, editor-in-chief at Pizza Today. "The company's leaders have taken advantage of what I consider to be the brand's key assets -- quality, value, convenience -- and used those strong points to perform very well in the face of uncertain economic times."

"We are thrilled about this third award from Pizza Today," said Clarice Turner, president and COO at Papa Murphy's. "We believe that this award reflects our commitment to provide a great-quality product, made affordable to our customers; to our franchise community for their consistent delivery of a great guest experience; and, to our restaurant support team who enable this process to happen. It's an honor to accept this award on behalf of all of these groups."

"The recognition Papa Murphy's receives not only from us, but, more importantly, from their customers -- who continually name them the Best Pizza Chain in America -- is well deserved," White added.

About Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer and leader of the take 'n' bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,000 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 30 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy's pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of take 'n' bake items, including Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy's has been voted "Best Pizza Chain in America" for five consecutive years by consumers nationwide in the Restaurants and Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" survey and was recently named Pizza Today's "2008 Chain of the Year." For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com.

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