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Papa John's fills soldier's unusual order: 40 pizzas to Iraq
Business First ^ | 9/05/03

Posted on 09/13/2003 9:06:40 PM PDT by lowbridge

Papa John's fills soldier's unusual order: 40 pizzas to Iraq

Papa John's International Inc. (Nasdaq: PZZA) is sending 40 pizzas to U.S. Air Force troops stationed in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Karen Sherman, vice president of community and public relations for the company, said 18 members of the Louisville-based pizza company's executive team -- including founder and CEO John Schnatter -- made the pies Thursday in the restaurant at the company's headquarters. They are being shipped via FedEx and are scheduled to arrive in Kirkuk on Sunday evening.

The delivery was spurred by an online customer request form received from a U.S. Air Force major through the company's Web site, www.papajohns.com. According to a news release, the soldier said he "would like to bring my favorite taste of home to the troops temporarily assigned with me."

Sherman said the company's research and development team devised a special packaging to insure that the pizzas would arrive at their destination without spoilage.

As of Aug. 24, Papa John's had 2,800 restaurants -- including 590 company-owned stores -- in 49 states and 12 international markets. Papa John's also franchises 140 Perfect Pizza restaurants in the United Kingdom.

http://louisville.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2003/09/01/daily40.html

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A taste of home
Soldiers serving in Iraq order online; Papa John's, Fischer deliver

By DAVID GOETZ
dgoetz@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

Papa John's International wasn't worried about filling the order — 36 pizzas isn't much more than an hour's work.

But delivery was a problem. The address was in Kirkuk, in the middle of northern Iraq, where a U.S. Air Force major wanted to offer a taste of his favorite pizza to the 110 soldiers in his unit.

Getting it there hot was out of the question. Getting it there at all was an issue.

"The request came through on our online, Internet-feedback form," said Karen Sherman, vice president for community and public relations for Papa John's. "That's not a typical order ... but we really wanted to see if there was a way to make this happen."

Papa John's is one of several regional businesses that have been filling orders for Americans on duty in the Middle East. Whether it's pizza or pickled meat, for a soldier with access to the Internet, it's just a click away.

It was a craving for pickled bologna that drove Brian Farester, an Army Reserve captain from Pennsylvania, to Fischer's Snack Store, the online retail site for Fischer Packing Co.

"Once we saw where it was going, we took the shipping cost off and doubled the order," said Jennifer Danner, marketing manager for Fischer owner SFG. "We wouldn't have charged him anything, but he put in his credit-card number and it had already been processed."

So for $21.21, Farester and his pals got 8 gallons of pickled bologna and 16 jars of pickled red hots to share.

Pennsylvania isn't one of Fischer's marketing areas, Danner said, but "the people who order pickled meat come from all over the country."

Papa John's has an online ordering service, but shipping pizza is not something it does, Sherman said. The people in research and development had to figure out if it could be done.

In the end, company Chairman John Schnatter and other executives made it an event, gathering at Papa John's headquarters to cook up a batch of 40 free pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, multi-item, all-meat and veggie pies.

After the pies cooled a little, they were individually shrink-wrapped and put in pizza boxes, which also were shrink-wrapped again before being packed in dry ice with heating instructions.

"FedEx has a government contract, so these were shipped via FedEx," Sherman said. "We paid for the shipping. . . ."

Unlike the last time the United States and its allies took on the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Internet is playing a greater role in enhancing communications between the troops in Iraq and their friends and family back home. With every succeeding war, electronic contact with the home improves, said Edward J. Deak, author of "The Economics of E-Commerce and the Internet" and professor of economics at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

"It says something, too, about the nature of the delivery system. It's not like you're out in the bush somewhere or lost in the hedgerows of France. The electronics let them keep track of you."

Orders for canned versions of Owensboro's famous Moonlight barbeque have come from the Middle East as well as from local families.

"A lot of families sent them during Christmas," said Moonlight office manager Crystal Jones.

Louisville-area soldiers get a sweet tooth, too. Kizito bakery on Bardstown Road has sent out about a half-dozen 24-count boxes of cookies at $30 a box.

"They get them pretty quickly," in three or four days, said Kizito co-owner Todd Bartlett, who has filled a second order for at least one soldier. "They go pretty quickly, too."

http://www.courier-journal.com/business/news2003/09/09/biz-front-food09-5618.html


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: ecommerce; iraq; papajohns; pizza; pizzadelivery; soldiers

Courtesy of CAPT. Brian Farester

The pickled bologna and red hots sent to Capt. Brian Farester in Iraq was enjoyed by, from left, Wendell Miller, Gregory Lark, Ernest Mobley and Farester. Miller, Lark and Mobley are with the Kentucky National Guard; Farester is with the Army Reserve in Pennsylvania.

1 posted on 09/13/2003 9:06:40 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
Send a salami, to your boy in the army, that's what I say.
2 posted on 09/13/2003 9:08:16 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: HitmanNY
Send a salami, to your boy in the army, that's what I say.

Kosher salami. And don't forget the bread (rye), and a jar of mustard.

3 posted on 09/13/2003 9:30:49 PM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bump
4 posted on 09/13/2003 9:31:53 PM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: HitmanNY
Oh, and a knish!
5 posted on 09/13/2003 9:51:40 PM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: All
Links of Interest...


CBN.com - "OPERATION PRAYER SHIELD" (Click Here.)

DEFENSElink.mil: "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" (Click Here.)

FREEREPUBLIC.com:"SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" (Click Here.)

OPERATION AC.com: "OPERATION AIR CONDITIONER: "News"

6 posted on 09/13/2003 9:52:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: lowbridge
Kudos! ;-)
7 posted on 09/13/2003 9:53:17 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: lowbridge
These soldiers should want for nothing, including faux pizza.

If anybody has any info on websites or message boards from the troops that detail requets for personal items, please list them.

Thanks.

8 posted on 09/13/2003 10:01:53 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Vote McNader and Bustamante wins)
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To: lowbridge
Props to you Pappa John's and CEO John Schnatter.

MY money is NOW going to my new favorite pizza joint right here in Richmond VA.

BRAVO ZULU.

9 posted on 09/13/2003 10:45:24 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.)
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To: JOE6PAK
Where are they located? (I'm on the South Side.)
10 posted on 09/14/2003 6:10:34 AM PDT by NittanyLion (Go Tom Go!)
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To: lowbridge; MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Coop; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Whoo hoo! Another way to help the troops. Thanks, lowbridge!

Whether it's pizza or pickled meat, for a soldier with access to the Internet, it's just a click away.

This has possibilities. If you know any businesses doing special things for the troops, please share.

If you want on or off my pro-Coalition ping list, please Freepmail me. Warning: it is a high volume ping list on good days (most days are good days).

8 Unapologetically Pro-Coalition News Links and Articles

11 posted on 09/14/2003 6:31:03 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Where we can engage the enemy..in a near battle..they last about a minute to two."~Gen Sanchez, 9/6)
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To: lowbridge
Papa John's is our family's favorite pizza. Unfortunately, they don't deliver to us out in the sticks here, so we don't get it very often. My son worked for them for a short time, and it was a really nice place to work, he says.

Shrewd business move, making their "good deed" public, but still, a wonderful thing for them to do. Kinda reminds me of the "Adam's Rib" episode on M.A.S.H.

12 posted on 09/14/2003 6:38:09 AM PDT by Siouxz
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To: HitmanNY; Mia T
Send a salami, to your boy in the army, that's what I say.

That's the famous sign hanging in Katz's delicatessen (lower Manhattan) since WW2.

 

KATZ'S DELICATESSEN

205 E. Houston Street
New York NY
(212) 254-2246

Open Daily
Breakfast to Late Nite

I was searching for the definitive New York hot dog and I ended up at the definitive New York Deli.  They should charge admission.  More entertainment value than half the plays on and off Broadway.

And the food.  What food.  By far, the best pastrami sandwich ever made.  Plump grilled all beef hot dogs.  Matzo Ball soup.  Knishes.  And, French Fries cooked in chicken fat!!!

If ever a place deserved a 6th grease stain... 

 

13 posted on 09/14/2003 6:40:00 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: dennisw
Man, I need a Dr. Brown's Celray soda.
14 posted on 09/14/2003 6:41:09 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Woohoo...my son said the Iraqi's make a pizza but is not something he craves. I sent him a toaster oven along with a supply of boboli pizza crust, sauce & toppings, unfortunatly the day the toaster oven arrived their generator went out, him and his buddies ended up eating it cold.
15 posted on 09/14/2003 6:55:34 AM PDT by boxerblues (God Bless the 101st, stay safe, stay armed and watch your backs)
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To: dennisw
Man, I need a Dr. Brown's Celray soda.

You know, I never did develop a taste for that stuff... But Dr Browns makes a great creme soda too! It's been too long since I've been to NY... I miss "real, Jewish Deli corned beef." If I go back any time soon, I'll be going off the Atkins diet for a few days... Pizza, Jewish and Italian Deli, and some really amazing Italian and Chinese food... Kansas City just doesn't have it...

Mark

16 posted on 09/14/2003 7:19:46 AM PDT by MarkL (Get something every day from the four basic food groups: canned, frozen, fast and takeout)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
A salute to Papa John's bump.
17 posted on 09/14/2003 7:22:01 AM PDT by SAMWolf (The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Great ideas ~ Bump!
18 posted on 09/14/2003 7:28:36 AM PDT by blackie
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
19 posted on 09/14/2003 10:00:43 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Terrific!
20 posted on 09/14/2003 10:42:15 AM PDT by windchime
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To: Siouxz
Papa John's is our family's favorite pizza. Unfortunately, they don't deliver to us out in the sticks here, so we don't get it very often. My son worked for them for a short time, and it was a really nice place to work, he says.

I havent been to a Papa Johns in a LONG time. The last time was a couple years ago when I went out to Los Angeles. Never heard of a Papa John's before then, and dont have one anywhere near me to me knowledge but I'll be sure to throw my business to them as well if the chance ever comes up.

21 posted on 09/14/2003 11:39:47 AM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: MarkL
But Dr Browns makes a great creme soda too! It's been too long since I've been to NY

My local supermarket just had a sale on Dr. Brown's. Didnt have the celery soda, but had the cream, and black cherry flavors. Boy, it was tough to get, because everyone was grabbing it off the shelves..and by the time I got there, there would be only a few six packs left. Sometimes none at all. But I did manage to grab a few anyhow.

22 posted on 09/14/2003 11:42:50 AM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: HitmanNY
we used to have a guy in our mortar section that always carried a couple 12" sticks of pepperoni...til one of the nco's told him that there is something really fubar about a meat that never goes bad.
23 posted on 09/14/2003 11:43:09 AM PDT by ameribbean expat
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To: MarkL
Pizza, Jewish and Italian Deli, and some really amazing Italian and Chinese food... Kansas City just doesn't have it...

You're in luck because there are New York Pizza places that deliver all over the country!

Here is just one of them:

http://www.pizzaofnewyork.com/main.php

They sell bagels too!

24 posted on 09/14/2003 11:49:48 AM PDT by lowbridge ("France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot."- Shakespeare (All's Well..)
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To: Bob J
Pizza ping.
25 posted on 09/14/2003 12:39:52 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: Rome2000
If anybody has any info on websites or message boards from the troops that detail requets for personal items, please list them.

Here's one I just learned about which lists books and other items requested by individual service members. Addresses for the troops are posted. www.booksforsoldiers.com

Here's another site worth supporting, IMHO: www.opgratitude.com.

FReeperette Ragtime Cowgirl has a huge list of links to good news articles and ways to support the troops on her profile. And you may be interested in getting on her "Pro-Coalition/Anti-Wanker" ping list.

26 posted on 09/29/2003 12:25:02 AM PDT by Jen (Ain't skeered to use my 'real' screenname.)
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To: lowbridge
I have always loved Pappa John's Pizza. It truly is my favorite pizza. This will make me love them even more, if that is possible.
27 posted on 09/29/2003 12:29:34 AM PDT by David1
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To: David1
I enjoy their pizza more than most and they've always had great customer service.

I just wish I could stop them from sending those peppers with every order. After half a day, the smell of those things could qualify as weapons of mass destruction.
28 posted on 09/29/2003 12:34:49 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (http://righteverytime1.blogspot.com - home to Tall_Texan's latest column.)
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To: lowbridge
I never had Papa John's Pizza, but I sure love Imo's Pizza (if you have never had one you gotta try it next time your in the midwest) http://www.imospizza.com/
29 posted on 09/29/2003 12:37:05 AM PDT by stlnative
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Imo's Pizza does FedEx shipping also http://www.stlpizza.com/
30 posted on 09/29/2003 12:40:29 AM PDT by stlnative
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Another St. Louis favorite Pizza was "The Hunk - Pantera's Pizza" which has been gone for a long time. It was a deep dish pizza and Godfather's Pizza tried to copy it without success. (now I am craving pizza!)
31 posted on 09/29/2003 12:49:24 AM PDT by stlnative
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To: lowbridge
I've never really liked Papa John's pizza, but they'll get my money from now on. Any company that would go to that kind of trouble for our guys is worth more than gold. I'll LEARN to like it.
32 posted on 09/29/2003 1:15:11 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Cindy
ANOTHER NOTEWORTHY LINK TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!


http://www.supportourtroopsiniraq.com
33 posted on 11/24/2003 10:28:36 AM PST by Dan Forant
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To: Dan Forant
Bump
34 posted on 04/06/2004 11:17:18 AM PDT by #1CTYankee
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To: lowbridge
The delivery was spurred by an online customer request form received from a U.S. Air Force major through the company's Web site, www.papajohns.com. According to a news release, the soldier said he "would like to bring my favorite taste of home to the troops temporarily assigned with me."

This a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I just heard Rush refer to a Marine as a soldier and now this. An Air Force member is not a soldier. We are Airmen.

35 posted on 04/06/2004 11:27:52 AM PDT by TankerKC (Clogged Arteries and Still Smilin'!)
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To: dennisw
New York and boston have the best pizza, chinese food,baked goods....aw hell...all food is better there:)
36 posted on 04/06/2004 11:28:50 AM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Bedlam,Massachusetts!!)
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To: dennisw
Did you REALLY have to post that when it's lunch time and I'm 2000 miles away from Katz's???
37 posted on 04/06/2004 11:35:02 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("There are but two parties now, Traitors and Patriots")
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To: colorado tanker
Did you REALLY have to post that when it's lunch time and I'm 2000 miles away from Katz's???..........

Katz's rules. I've eaten there about 30 times.
38 posted on 04/06/2004 1:25:18 PM PDT by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: lowbridge
Well, we don't have a Papa John's around here, but the next one I see on my travels I'm stopping at. And I'll be sure to mention why :)
39 posted on 04/06/2004 1:29:21 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: dennisw
Colorado's a great place to live, but the deli sucks. When I'm in NYC I bypass the gourmet restaurants to fill up on the deli.
40 posted on 04/06/2004 1:40:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("There are but two parties now, Traitors and Patriots")
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To: TankerKC
This a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I just heard Rush refer to a Marine as a soldier and now this. An Air Force member is not a soldier. We are Airmen.

We love you guys just the same :-)

41 posted on 04/06/2004 6:20:46 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: colorado tanker
Colorado's a great place to live, but the deli sucks. When I'm in NYC I bypass the gourmet restaurants to fill up on the deli...........


I hear ya! Many of my years were in Queens NYC and Katz's was the ultimate NYC deli. Situated in the Lower East Side. Others put it down, they prefer the more high class delis, but it's my #1 choice.
42 posted on 04/06/2004 8:25:20 PM PDT by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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