About Papa John's

Ingredients

Fresh Hand-Tossed Dough

Our original proprietary dough comes to our stores fresh from our commissaries where it’s made. We store it in coolers in the stores for just the right amount of time to let it proof and rise. When the dough is ready to use, we hand-toss it to order. We don’t add “dough-conditioners” like sodium stearoyl lactylate or mono and diglycerides. Our proprietary high-protein, unbleached wheat flour and filtered water gives Papa John’s original pizza dough its unique balance of flavor and its chewy, crisp crust.


Thin Crust

Unbleached flour made from our proprietary formula. Papa John’s signature pencil-thin-edge thin crust is never frozen. It does contain preservatives for freshness.


Fresh-Packed Pizza Sauce

Papa John’s UNIQUE sauce is fresh-packed for our stores worldwide at two facilities in the fertile valley of California, which produces some of the most robust flavorful tomatoes in the world. These facilities incent their growers to produce higher quality tomatoes by paying a premium for certain attributes that we’ve determined to be important to make our sauce taste better. The tomato products in both of these facilities are packed from fresh tomatoes -- about six hours from the time they are picked. Our fresh-packed sauce is not re-manufactured from tomato paste. Further, our sauce is minimally heated to retain maximum flavor, as opposed to re-manufactured sauces that are subjected to more flavor-damaging heat. To further protect the quality of Papa John’s sauce, we pack and ship it in a more expensive #10 steel can (versus packing it in plastic pouches). We do not use high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or artificial flavors in our sauce—we do use fresh-packed tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, some sunflower oil, spices, and a little salt and sugar.


Cheese

The primary cheese on Papa John’s Pizzas is crafted from 100% Mozzarella and made with high-quality skim milk. Our six-blend cheese combination is made with five additional 100% aged Wisconsin cheeses, including Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Provolone and Fontina. Our cheeses have a minimal amount of preservatives to maintain freshness and to ensure consistency and quality across our many restaurants.


Italian Sausage

Our 100% pork sausage with special seasonings made from our proprietary recipe contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or bulking agents like TVPs or cornstarch, which is why we can say “real sausage” not sausage “topping,” which indicates the use of fillers.


Green Peppers

Our green peppers are shipped multiple times per week from our distribution centers to ensure they arrive at our stores as fresh as is possible; they are never frozen or vacuum packed. Our fresh whole green peppers are sliced daily in our restaurants.


Onions

Our Grade A Jumbo Yellow Onions are shipped multiple times per week from our distribution centers to ensure they arrive at our stores as fresh as is possible; they are never frozen or vacuum packed. Our fresh onions are sliced daily in our restaurants.


Beef

Our 100% beef with special seasonings and made from our proprietary recipe contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or bulking agents like TVPs or cornstarch, which is why we can say “real beef” not beef “topping,” which indicates the use of fillers.


Mushrooms

Our fresh Portabello mushrooms arrive at our stores pre-sliced; they are never frozen or vacuum packed.

Tomatoes

Our fresh Roma tomatoes are shipped multiple times per week from our distribution centers to ensure they arrive at our stores as fresh as is possible; they are never frozen or vacuum packed. Our fresh Roma tomatoes are sliced daily in our restaurants.


Pepperoncinis

Whole Pepperoncini Peppers are grown and packed in the Mediterranean region in our tangy brine.


Boxes

At Papa John’s, we invest millions of dollars annually to provide our unique white-on-white box that helps to protect our pizza from the taste of cardboard packaging. Our boxes are more expensive to make because we believe it’s critical to have this important guard between our great-tasting pizza and the box that surrounds it. Papa John’s unique box is just another way to make our pizza great.


Chicken

Our 100% all-white chicken breast is free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, and is made with our proprietary marinade of spices and some soy protein, like that found in many high-protein health bars.


Pepperoni

Real 100% pork and beef Pepperoni, custom-formulated and made to USDA standards.


Canadian Bacon

Real 100% pork sirloin cured with our proprietary formula ingredients.


Bacon

Cured pork belly made to USDA standards--with salt, sugar, nitrites and spices.


Black Olives

Ninety percent of our olives are grown in Spain’s famous Herrera-area groves that consistently produce superior-quality, Fancy-grade olives. Our supplier in Spain is the first producer of both ripe and green olives in the world to be awarded the ISO 9002 Quality Certification.


Jalapeno Peppers

100% real Jalapeno Peppers are sliced fresh and packed in a spicy brine with turmeric spice.


Banana Peppers

100% real Banana Peppers are sliced fresh and brined with vinegar to maintain their bright yellow color.


*Ingredients are provided by suppliers and manufacturers; the list may occasionally change as we constantly strive for improvement.