Store Owners and Employees Compete for Bragging Rights

MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 2, 2007 – With the summer Olympics just around the corner, Papa Murphy’s hosted its own friendly competition, only with pizza. The competition was between Papa Murphy’s stores nationwide to find out just who produced the best-looking pizzas in the fastest amount of time. The final competition took place at the recent Papa Murphy’s vendor exhibition in Las Vegas.

The finals were comprised of four teams, made up of the regional pizzathletes. Judges consisting of franchisees and Papa Murphy’s corporate staff timed and tested the teams on both accuracy and style. Teams were required to make a family size pepperoni and a family size Chicago-style pizza. Each pizza had to be built to perfection-right down to exactly 80 slices of pepperoni.

“The Pizza Olympics really gave our staff a chance to shine and, of course, allowed the winners bragging rights,” said Russell Barton, director of franchise operations. “We are so proud of our staff’s hard work.”

The winning team came from a Papa Murphy’s store in Sacramento, with a close second awarded to Pam Wolfe, 12 store owner in Minneapolis and Steve Jerue, store manager of Savage, Minn. Winners received both medals and cash prizes.

About Papa Murphy’s. Papa Murphy’s is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer of the Take ‘N’ Bake pizza concept. Papa Murphy’s operates over 1,000 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. Papa Murphy’s pizzas are baked at home in customers’ ovens for a piping hot, delicious meal whenever they want it. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of Take ‘N’ Bake items, including cheesy bread, chocolate chip cookie dough and freshly made salads. 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. For more information, visit

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