CEO: New Menu Merchandise Is Papa Johns’ ‘Greatest Innovation Ever’

Papa Johns CEO Rob Lynch calls it the chain’s “largest innovation ever”: the brand new Doritos Cool Ranch Papadia. The flatbread-style sandwich merchandise has debuted on Papa Johns’ menu as the corporate reported flat same-store gross sales for the primary quarter of 2023, following a strong efficiency all through the earlier yr.

With a crust coated in Doritos Cool Ranch seasoning, the newest model of the Papadia, which turned accessible on Could 4, could be ordered with rooster, beef, steak or different fillings and comes with a facet order of Cool Ranch dipping sauce. A part of a partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, it delivers “the final word chip and sandwich expertise [with] a daring style in each chew, so scrumptious you’ll want you had considered it first,” mentioned Kimberly Bean, Papa Johns’ vice chairman of menu technique and calendar planning, in a press launch.

In an interview with Nation’s Restaurant Information, Lynch mentioned the Doritos Cool Ranch Papadia is “our largest innovation ever,” including that “menu innovation is unquestionably a part of our DNA at this level.”

Writing for, Bailey Fink praised the brand new menu merchandise. “Let’s be sincere, Cool Ranch is arguably the very best Doritos taste, so something that options that daring taste is already a win,” Fink wrote.

“As quickly because the coating-covered crust and Cool Ranch sauce hits your tongue, you instantly really feel such as you’re consuming a Cool Ranch Dorito—which is simply made that significantly better by dipping it in further Cool Ranch sauce,” Fink continued. “It has all the normal flavors and love from the Papadia, plus the zesty flavors out of your favourite corn chip.”

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Papa Johns goals to drag in youthful prospects with the brand new merchandise. “We anticipate this premium innovation will drive each transaction and ticket progress as we goal present and new prospects,” Lynch mentioned in a Could 3 earnings name. “With this launch, we’re strategically focusing on a youthful demographic [of] loyal Doritos shoppers. And with a value level of $7.99, it’s a fantastic worth.”

Though Papa Johns’ comps lapped these of the primary quarter of 2022, that was a giant quarter for the corporate.

“Our North America comparable gross sales have been in step with our file outcomes we achieved a yr in the past and supported by 3% progress in our home company-owned eating places,” Lynch famous within the earnings name. “Within the first quarter, we additionally opened 59 new eating places. We’re extraordinarily happy with our accomplishments during the last three and a half years.”

“We acknowledge we’re lapping important comps from 2022 and 2021,” Lynch added. “For the primary quarter, our outlook was for flat comps. However that’s not our expectations for the yr.”

Lynch mentioned that 85% of Papa Johns’ gross sales now come by means of digital channels and the chain’s loyalty program boasts almost 30 million member accounts. “We now have a major knowledge platform that we should make the most of to reinforce our model and make the digital expertise for our prospects higher by providing personalization that drives activation.”

Menu innovation has been key to Papa Johns’ progress technique, as the corporate retains including new specialty gadgets, just like the Oreo Papa Bites and the Crispy Parm Pizza. The chain has additionally added sizzling lemon pepper wings to its Papa Pairings platform.

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