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Papa John's Founder To Raise Price Of Pizza Due To Obamacare
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Posted on 08/08/2012 1:20:00 PM PDT by Lmo56

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Papa John’s warns it will have to raise the price of its pizzas due to President Obama’s health care law.

John Schnatter, CEO and founder of Papa John’s, said pizza will cost up to 14 cents more when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014.

“We’re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare,” Schnatter said in a conference call during last week’s shareholder’s meeting, according to Politico.

Schnatter later added: “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders best interests,”

(Excerpt) Read more at washington.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: business; obamacare; pizza
Let the madness begin ...
1 posted on 08/08/2012 1:20:07 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

He didn’t build that, anyway.


2 posted on 08/08/2012 1:21:28 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lmo56

My niece’s husband ran and eventually managed a Papa John’s...he said the cost of the ingredients for a pizza was about 50 cents.


3 posted on 08/08/2012 1:23:49 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Lmo56

Glad to hear that Papa John’s doesn’t support Obamacare. We get Papa John’s about once a month, good pizza..takeout for about 7 bucks with all the toppings.


4 posted on 08/08/2012 1:30:32 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Lmo56

>>Schnatter later added: “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders best interests,”

Your shareholders already don’t get any of my money because your pizza sucks and costs too much.


5 posted on 08/08/2012 1:30:42 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Gaffer

Cost of ingredients is usually not the big cost. Overhead (store, corporate costs, electricity and other utilities, labor, shipping, etc) are usually the biggest costs to products. I heard the CEO of Starbucks complain about insurance costing the corporation more than coffee cost them.


6 posted on 08/08/2012 1:31:04 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Gaffer

Your highest cost is labor. Now even more expensive. They will find a way to automate the process, cut down on labor costs and even more people will be out of a job.

I assume McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and all the others will fall into this category as well.

The unintended consequences of Obozocare are still to come.........


7 posted on 08/08/2012 1:31:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Lmo56

a wsj article today (some where) was saying the food service industry would sooner and more others be an industry that will need to raise prices, let people go, end their company employee health care plans, and/or any combination of those things due to ObamaSnare.


8 posted on 08/08/2012 1:32:55 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Lmo56
Can he at least raise the flavor first?

(only partially sarcastic - we sell Papa John's at my work and all the ones around here suck royally)
9 posted on 08/08/2012 1:39:50 PM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Lmo56

“pizza will cost up to 14 cents more...”

If I were Papa John, I wouldn’t be so quick to put an upper limit on that.


10 posted on 08/08/2012 1:46:07 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Red Badger

About 20 years ago I was in a meeting with several CEOs where it was predicted that Taco Bell would be the first to automate their restaurants.

Their menu is a little more complicated now, but back then their products were essentially all composed of a small group of pre-prepared items, unlike places like burger joints that actually have to cook their product first.

Been hoping they would do it - probably would result in fewer order screwups and they could be open 24x7 without worrying about robberies. It’s even easier now with the prevalence of plastic money for small purchases.

I think there would be a certain novelty to it, especially if the machinery was exposed behind glass so you could watch your food being prepared.


11 posted on 08/08/2012 1:49:50 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: chrisser

Lefties at the HuffCompost are going nuts. 14 cents.. that’s nothing to rich people.

Once I reminded them that it’s going to be 14 cents for every single transaction they will make everywhere, since every company will be raising prices, I received the requisite “you are a racist” comment.

In the next sentence I told them that doesn’t include the increased taxes from Obamacare.


12 posted on 08/08/2012 1:53:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Lmo56

He didn’t build that, anyway.


13 posted on 08/08/2012 1:55:08 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Boogieman

I ordered one 15 minutes ago. The price is $2.19 higher than it was last month. So I don’t know what’s what with this.


14 posted on 08/08/2012 1:57:45 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I can’t go there anymore.

The knowledge that there are fellow citizens out there who are so profoundly and proudly ignorant depresses me too much.


15 posted on 08/08/2012 2:01:04 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: DallasDeb

Realistically, the cost of ALL mandates has to be passed on to the customer, and is reflected in the price of the product offered. The simple truth is, that if the cost of production (and mandates, such as Obamacare) are not fully recovered, and a margin of return on investment is not realized, the corporation goes out of business. Greater capitalization is not always the answer, there has to be a viable business model that makes a prediction of profit possible, before ANY prudent venture capitalist will make an investment.


16 posted on 08/08/2012 2:03:40 PM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: Lmo56
He should do what so many other products have done. Lower the size, increase the price and call it, "new & improved".
17 posted on 08/08/2012 2:06:14 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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To: Red Badger
The unintended consequences of Obozocare are still to come.........

Maybe the unintended consequences will save us from the intended consequences of their Cloward-Priven strategy to bring down the system.

The only unintended consequence I can see so far is 0-care being the reason they get themselves booted out of office, and in a landslide.

Which will be good enough, unless Roberts or Mitt and the GOPe somehow comes to their rescue again.

18 posted on 08/08/2012 2:08:03 PM PDT by GBA
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yeah it’s nothing to rich people.
It’s something to people who are buying the pizza because it’s the fastest way to get something akin to nutritious food into the kids after both parents get home late from work because they’re straining to make ends meet because the gov’t keeps taking ever more of their paycheck.


19 posted on 08/08/2012 2:10:42 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Red Badger

Your highest cost is labor. Now even more expensive. They will find a way to automate the process, cut down on labor costs and even more people will be out of a job.


It’s already starting to happen. Why bother with all the labor expenses when you can sell your product from a vending machine:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/13/nation/la-na-nn-pizza-vending-machines-20120613

IMHO, it’d be pretty easy to do this for hamburgers too.


20 posted on 08/08/2012 2:14:56 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: alloysteel

Absolutely. I was trying to point out to the poster, that the pizza cost itself is cheap, but everthing else required to run the business makes the product expensive.


21 posted on 08/08/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Lmo56

I hope Papa John is prepared to be audited every year for the rest of the century if Barry gets re-elected.


22 posted on 08/08/2012 2:23:07 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RatSlayer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automat


23 posted on 08/08/2012 2:23:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
Your highest cost is labor. Now even more expensive. They will find a way to automate the process

I personally know an engineer who is working on a top-secret project for one of the Big 3 burger chains to come up with a Fully Automated Cook Station (read "ROBOTS")


24 posted on 08/08/2012 2:25:17 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Gaffer
My niece’s husband ran and eventually managed a Papa John’s...he said the cost of the ingredients for a pizza was about 50 cents.

Back in the 1970s, I worked at Pizza Hut, and I always thought that the biggest cost in making pizza was the labor...

Back then, we made the dough every day (both "thin" and "pan" crusts, totally different recipes). Though we had spice mixes for the sauces (3 different sauces: 1 for thin, another for thick, and 1 for the pasta we served). We also had quite a bit of prep work every morning: As I recall, the opening cook had to be there to get started at about 7:00am, for an 11:30am opening. I believe that everything now comes into the stores pre-done: The sauce, the dough, and toppings, etc.

Pizza hut was a lot better back then, as I recall.

Mark

25 posted on 08/08/2012 2:26:10 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Lmo56

It should be prominently listed on the receipt as a surcharge.


26 posted on 08/08/2012 2:28:45 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: Red Badger
There is a Jack-in-the-Box along my path home that has touch screen and a debit card swipe reader. You can order and pay for the food without involving an employee. The kitchen calls you up to get your order when ready.
27 posted on 08/08/2012 2:32:28 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Lmo56
Let the madness begin ...

Chicken, pizza.

Can I sue the Dems for making me fat?

28 posted on 08/08/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Lmo56

Wow, Obama willk say- “A whole 14 cents”

But i think he means that the original cost of ingredients which are probably under a buck will rise 14cent - he should have stuck to percentages

Because when you add in electricity, water, rent, gas, etc etc the cost of the entire pizza will probably go up a good 14% AT LEAST


29 posted on 08/08/2012 2:57:24 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Mr. K

Agree, the leftards will mock the $.14. But I suspect that this $.14 is based on his cost assumptions for Obamacare. It may not include his suppliers also eventually raising their rates to fund Obamacare....

Then there’s something beyond the $.14 that’s not mentioned but likely to occur - how many American will simply lose coverage (to whatever extent they subsidize it)? Worse, how many Americans will lose their jobs as a result of Obamacare?


30 posted on 08/08/2012 3:03:23 PM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: DallasDeb

Plus salaries and benefits for employees.


31 posted on 08/08/2012 3:09:29 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: MarkL

As a kid of the 70s, I agree that Pizza Hut was a lot better.

Back in the 90s when I was in a bad way on many fronts personally (a lot self inflicted) I made good friend who was a waitress at one that was close to the tech college I went to.

After graduating and getting a job in my present city, it was a number of years before I had reason to stop in that area.

I started going to a specialist just above that city of the Pizza Hut kind of regularly. One late morning I swung in there just for some pizza.

My friend was still there and I was remembered. She probably made too much in tips to leave. She was a super people person.

My wife starting coming along and we would stop in at every trip. It was a highlight of the day for us both.

After about a year there was a short pause in visits. A few weeks we stopped in and found out that she had died in her sleep of a freak brain problem. That was all I could find out. She was at most early 40s. My main regret was that none of us ever thought to exchange contact information. It would be a given that things would click.


32 posted on 08/08/2012 3:30:35 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: All

I think Mr. Schnatter has mis-calculated. He is basing his $.14 increase on static conditions, i.e. operating costs as they exist today. What he has NOT factored in are the cost increases passed on to him by every vendor he deals with upstream in his supply chain. After Obamacare ratchets up the prices of everything he buys (rent, utilities, groceries, kitchen equipment, shipping, fuel, advertising, etc., etc.) he then will have a new starting point with which to begin his calculation. I think that $.14 figure will increase by a factor of ten to twelve. But what do I know about the pizza biz? I only know how to eat it.


33 posted on 08/08/2012 3:31:31 PM PDT by flushed with pride (Information overload equals pattern recognition.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’ve heard rumors of it being toyed with for years. With technology being what it is, it is no surprise there. I think I will welcome it as long as it works.


34 posted on 08/08/2012 3:32:19 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: DallasDeb
I have a friend who has a chain of pizza huts and he is going to
have to raise his prices because of obamacare. He watches the
bottom line closely. He had some stores in Illinois that were killing
him because his delivery drivers were all teamsters union thugs so he
said to hell with this your all fired and he discontinued deliverying pizzas
there. It hurt a little at first but then sales bounced right back.
35 posted on 08/08/2012 3:35:20 PM PDT by sarge83
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To: murron

I used “labor” to cover those. BTW, thank your son for his service. My son is in the USAF.


36 posted on 08/08/2012 3:55:25 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: wally_bert

Well, you wouldn’t have to worry about being sued because your employee spit on the customer’s sandwich and other such nonsense.


37 posted on 08/08/2012 3:58:14 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: DallasDeb

As long as the seals for the lubricants, lp air, other fluids held, I am all for it. Having a push button or interactive gui menu to choose it exactly especially at a drive through would make me go to fast food joints more. All of this great communications technology and the drive through seems to have gotten progressivley worse in terms of clean audio.

I usually don’t hit them that much mostly because of some of the weird types I see working in some. That isn’t a knock on the good people who are there. I know there are many of them.


38 posted on 08/08/2012 4:07:48 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Lmo56

Not surprised founder is a conservative. Papa Johns is a quality product.


39 posted on 08/08/2012 4:11:38 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Lmo56
You know Papa Johns probably saw what happened to the increased sales due to ChickfLa and decided that might work for him too.

In fact let me pre-order a Large Works (thicker crust of course) for Friday night now.

40 posted on 08/08/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Lmo56
Herman Cain versus Bill Clinton (HillaryCare)
41 posted on 08/08/2012 4:23:46 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: catfish1957

I took a real liking to Papa Johns pizza in the late 90s and got hooked on the garlic sauce.

Pizza like many fast foods has been scaled way back due to health and budget. When I have to run the server rooms on some weekends, Papa Johns is the first choice. Besides I am by myself so no haggling over toppings.

A small chain that in my area is called PieTanza and it is very good for a more sit down restaurant experience. The calzones are wonderful as well as the fries. Here is a view.

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-1615861-stock-footage-french-fries-dipped-in-small-ketchup-bowl-on-a-plate-beside-a-fresh-calzone.html


42 posted on 08/08/2012 4:25:34 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I hope Papa John is prepared to be audited every year for the rest of the century if Barry gets re-elected.
I'm pretty sure his name has already been flagged.

'Papa' John Schnatter hosts private Romney fundraiser

43 posted on 08/08/2012 4:28:26 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Buckeye McFrog

It would be absolutely shocking and depressing to find out that someone wasn’t.


44 posted on 08/08/2012 4:35:47 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: JoeDetweiler

I think I’ve got enough Papa Points that I amassed last year to get a couple free pizzas. Now I can use them to get a higher priced pizza than I could have gotten last year. So, does that make Papa Points a valid hedge against inflation?

I want to feel like I am beating the system for once, somehow :)


45 posted on 08/08/2012 4:58:12 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: DallasDeb

And thank you as well for your son’s service. I know you are as proud of him as I am of my son.


46 posted on 08/08/2012 6:40:44 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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