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Industry leaders launch American Pizza Community


May 7, 2012
By Canadian Pizza

May 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. – America’s leading pizza companies, their small
business franchise owners and other groups that comprise the pizza
industry announced today the formation of The American Pizza Community.

May 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. – America’s leading pizza companies, their small
business franchise owners and other groups that comprise the pizza
industry announced today the formation of The American Pizza Community.

This
joint effort will highlight the importance of the pizza industry on
American communities and promote policies that permit its continued
success. Member companies include Domino’s Pizza, Godfather’s Pizza,
Hungry Howie’s, International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association,
Little Caesars and Papa John’s Pizza, among others. Collectively, they
employ more than 400,000 U.S. employees in stores in all 50 states.

Lynn
M. Liddle, chair of The American Pizza Community and executive vice-president of communications, investor relations and legislative affairs
for Domino’s Pizza, commented on the organization’s launch: "The pizza
community has a great story to tell. We are an entrepreneurial
industry that provides a fresh, wholesome and highly customizable
product. The American Pizza Community is launching to tell that story
and to set the stage for continued success in the years ahead."

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Pizza
companies are impacted by restaurant regulations, agricultural policy,
and the broader business climate, among other things. Members of the
American Pizza Community want to ensure that the pizza industry – from
the dairy farmer to the independent franchisee – provides a collective
voice that will help protect the integrity and value of pizza as a
wholesome food for American consumers.

The
American Pizza Community will launch efforts this June with a series
of meetings in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress and their
staffs. This will be the first wave of an ongoing effort to inform
leaders about the industry and the economic benefits it brings to local
communities.

“With
the formation of the American Pizza Community, the hope is to ensure
the opportunity to be a pizza entrepreneur remains both accessible and
promising,” said Liddle.