Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Papa Murphy's International announced today that its continued track record of success has landed it on a prestigious national business index for the third year in a row. The take 'n' bake pizza pioneer improved its ranking by 25 spots on Inc. magazine's annual Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies list, in addition to significantly improving its placement on the Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
Papa Murphy's is regularly acknowledged by consumers nationwide for its excellence in value, quality, variety, service and convenience. The company currently operates over 1,150 franchised and corporate-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada and aims to open another 100 stores in 2009, according to CEO John Barr. "Six straight years of same-store-sales growth is proof that our brand appeal is as strong as it's ever been. We're proud to add this year's Inc. award to our trophy case. Even in today's tight credit environment, our growth is fueled by the fact that the initial investment into Papa Murphy's franchise is lower and produces a higher return on investment than most chains in the industry."
A key driver of Papa Murphy's success is the connection the consumer has with the product. Not only do customers decide which fresh, high-quality ingredients top their pizza, but they have the pleasure of baking it right in their own ovens for a piping hot, delicious meal whenever they want.
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 1,150 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 32 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 seven consecutive years by consumers nationwide in the Restaurants and Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" survey and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today's "Chain of the Year" award, most recently in 2009.
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