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Papa John’s testing organic produce toppings in Lexington

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 4, 2017) — Papa John’s International is testing a pilot program in Lexington that makes organic produce available for pizza toppings. Toppings include Roma tomatoes, green peppers, yellow onions and mushrooms.

T4-LET-hero-organic-600x380Papa John’s plans to partner with Green BEAN Delivery to source organic produce from Certified Organic family farms to locations in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Oregon, California and Indiana.

“Our customers want to know where their food comes from and how it is produced,” said Sean Muldoon, chief ingredient officer at Papa John’s. “At Papa John’s, we are constantly looking at ways to meet the needs of our customers whether it’s through our clean label initiative or testing organic produce. Moving into a test of organic produce is a natural progression as Papa John’s takes pride in our position of having the cleanest label in the pizza industry.”

In 2015 organic fruits and vegetables reached $14.4 billion in sales and almost 13 percent of the produce sold in the U.S. is now organic, according to the Organic Trade Association. Sales are expected to reach nearly 20 percent by 2020. Additionally, more than half of American households purchase organic produce.