Pizza Inn…Blazing New Trails

THE COLONY, Texas, May 27, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Pizza Inn, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!pzzi/quotes/nls/pzzi (PZZI 1.77, -0.02, -1.12%) hosted over 200 franchisees and supplier partners from four different countries last week at their annual convention held at the Gaylord Texan. It was an appropriate place for their Blazing New Trails theme!

“We look forward to this event because it brings our family of franchisees together to share their experiences, talk with their suppliers, learn new ways to build their business and it’s an opportunity for us to recognize franchisees and restaurants who have shown growth throughout the year,” said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Pizza Inn, Inc. “We have franchisees who have been with us for over 40 years and we consider them our family. When you add our supplier partners, who have provided us with quality service for so many years, it becomes an extraordinary meeting of the minds that makes us grow as a company.”

After all the meetings, discussion panels, and workshops, it was time to tip their hats to the supplier partners for excellent service and the franchisees, who lead the chain. Some of the awards included Restaurant of the Year, which applauds the crew, management team and franchisee for operational excellence. This award went to Pizza Inn of Conway, SC owned & operated by Scottish Food Systems franchisee. “We are thrilled and honored to receive this award. Our team works above and beyond to ensure our customers have a positive experience,” said Tom Broome, President of Scottish Food Systems.

The 2009 Supplier Partner of the Year award is given to the Pizza Inn supplier who provided outstanding support to the system. Pizza Inn was proud to award this to Roma Foods. “We value our relationship with Pizza Inn and strive to provide them with everything necessary to prepare a quality product. This award is greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing this kind of service,” said Fred Dallas, President of Roma Foods Springfield, MO.

Lastly, the esteemed Legacy Award is only given in recognition and honor of a franchisee’s long standing contribution and commitment over many years to the advancement of Pizza Inn and its franchise family. This award was presented to Khushru Mistry of United Food Company. “We have put trust and confidence in the Pizza Inn brand and since the beginning of this relationship, there has been no looking back,” said Khushru Mistry, CEO of United Food Company in the Middle East. “I feel very proud because I have spent most of my career with Pizza Inn, I have grown with Pizza Inn and it feels good.”

For more than 50 years, Pizza Inn has provided consumers with a variety of specialty and traditional handcrafted pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts in a dine-in buffet format with delivery and carryout. The company popularized a unique thin crackery crust that is made from scratch everyday and has since become the signature product offering. Over the years the menu has expanded, but the company’s commitment to the highest quality ingredients, the friendliest service and affordable pricing have remained unchanged.

About Pizza Inn

Headquartered in The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn /quotes/comstock/15*!pzzi/quotes/nls/pzzi (PZZI 1.77, -0.02, -1.12%) franchises approximately 310 restaurants and directly owns and operates three restaurants. For more information, please visit