DiGiorno Mocks Papa John's Over Anthem Whining

Babba

Former Staff
Jul 2007
78,373
70,469
So. Md.
This is hilarious.

Frozen pizza brand DiGiorno mocked Papa John's in Twitter after the pizza chain's founder and CEO John Schnatter blamed athletes' national anthem protests for weak sales.
In a tweet, DiGiorno, a unit of Nestle, first responded through emojis to indicate that their sales didn't experience negative effects.

In response, Papa John's eventually changed their Twitter bio to "Frozen pizza = the equivalent of a participation trophy,", which was later changed to "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Better Tweets".
Other pizza companies are also entering the feud. According to Business Insider, Greg Creed, the CEO of Pizza Hut's parent company Yum! Brands, stated that the chain was "not seeing impact on any of that on our business."
DiGiorno Mocks Papa John's Over Anthem Whining - Nasdaq.com
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4 people
Jun 2014
51,542
53,355
United States
We had a Papa John's in my hometown, but it went out of business before I ever got around to trying their pizza. That was several years ago, so I don't think it had anything to do with the NFL.
 
Jul 2015
2,693
1,609
Maryland USA
My wife and I have purchased a Papa John's pizza, once and only once, it wasn't very good in our opinion. Fortunately, the locally owned and operated pizza establishment in our community is much better than any of the chains.

Papa John's made the decision to allocate a significant portion of its advertising dollars to the NFL. I recently heard on the HBO Real Sports show that 51% of Americans approve of the players actions. So while the minority, a significant percentage disapproves. So I would think that such a percentage could (underscore could, not does) impact Papa John's sales given its ties to the NFL. But if it does, again, that's only because Papa decided to advertise via the NFL, actions have consequences, some foreseen and some unforeseen. If Papa perceives that his association with the NFL is hurting his business, then end it. What the heck does Papa expect pizza consumers to do, feel sorry for him and buy his pizzas, that ain't happening.
 

Babba

Former Staff
Jul 2007
78,373
70,469
So. Md.
We've had Papa John's a couple of times. I thought it was pretty good the first time but I didn't like it the second time for some reason. We usually do take and bake. But I really love a local pizza place called Nicolletti's. And Ledo is good.