Friday, 22 May 2009

KFC Back Down in Trademark Dispute With Scottish Pizza Shop

A small pizzeria in Angus, Scotland has won its battle with global fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) over the term "Family Feast".

The Titanic Pizza Co in Carnoustie was warned by KFC to stop using the slogan to describe one of its meal deals because it had trademarked the name.

The Angus takeaway said it had been using the phrase since 1992.

The chicken chain has now written to Titanic to say the matter would not be taken any further.

Titanic's Family Feast is made up of two pizzas, garlic bread, onion rings, chips and juice; while the KFC deal comprises 12 pieces of chicken, four portions of chips, coleslaw, beans and a drink.

KFC's lawyers sent a letter to Titanic saying it had trademarked the term Family Feast in in 1994 and 2003.

The Carnousite pizzeria owners wrote backing saying "we refuse to be bullied by a global conglomerate such as yourselves".

Co-owner Marie Fagan is pleased their tough stance paid off.

"The amount of support we've had from people has been amazing," she said.

"We even had a letter from a guy in Florida saying how disgusted he was and he has sent a really horrible letter to them [KFC] saying he's never going to set foot in the shop again."

And Ms Fagan has seen business boom since news of the row broke.

"People were asking where the shop was and ordering Family Feasts, it's really been great, so KFC kind of did us a favour.

"It's just a lesson to everybody to stand up for themselves."

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Praises Papa John's Rapid Expansion

John Schnatter Papa JohnsMayor of London Boris Johnson has praised one of the world’s leading pizza companies for continuing its job creation and investment programme in the capital throughout the economic uncertainty.

The founder of Billion Dollar-a-year pizza empire Papa John’s visited the UK to open his 50th Papa John’s store in London, and pledged to continue funding the company’s rapid growth in the city.

That news of the 50th store opening and imminent arrival of another 30-40 Papa John’s stores was welcomed by Boris Johnson, who believes it is the kind of business shot in the arm that will help London emerge strongly from the current economic climate.

He said: “London’s small and medium businesses are critical to the capital’s success and will provide the springboard to economic growth and prosperity once the upturn arrives.

“Papa John’s is a great example of a firm that is playing a significant role, employing over 3,700 Londoners and opening its 50th store in the capital.”

Papa John’s chairman John Schnatter founded the company in the USA in 1984. He sold his beloved Camaro car to buy his first oven and soon began selling pizzas. 25 years later and Papa John’s is the third largest pizza company in the world, with more than 3300 stores in 29 countries. In the UK Papa John’s is the current Pizza Delivery Chain of the Year 2008 according to the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

John said: “I am delighted to have opened the 50th Papa John’s store in London, only 10 years after the company launched in this country. Papa John’s UK is a key international growth area for our company, and is setting the benchmark in terms of expansion for other countries across the world.”

Commercial Attach├ęs John Coronado from the US Commercial Service also represented the American Embassy at the event.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Papa John's Founder Makes Deliveries in '72 Camaro to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

papa johns founderThe founder of Papa John’s is making pizza deliveries to surprised customers in a replica of the ’72 Camaro he sold 25 years ago to fund his start-up pizza business.

A new ad campaign, “Papa’s In the House” lets people know that the next time they place an order for a pizza delivery they should pay special attention to the person at the door: It could Papa John (John Schnatter) himself.

The ads were shot by Z Group in Louisville, KY, where Papa John’s International is based. The spots feature Schnatter personally delivering pizzas to customers' homes.

Later this month, Schnatter will set off on a nationwide road trip driving his Camaro to meet with employees and loyal customers. His travels will be chronicled online.

In addition to the TV spots, the campaign includes a new Web site, banner ads featuring the Camaro, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration, boxtoppers, and a special offer for the “Founder’s Favorite” –John’s favorite pizza topped with sausage, pepperoni, and a six-cheese blend.

The campaign helps celebrate Papa John’s 25 years in business.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Dominos Got Talent - Kevin Bimpson - Final and Awards

Kevin Bimpson of Domino's Pizza Huyton sang his heart out in the Grand Final of Domino's Got Talent last week at The Echo Arena in Liverpool and finished in second place.

He broke the hearts of many girls there in the audience and we are all sure he will go onto gretaer things. Watch out for Kevin this Summer in The X Factor.

Here is his performance in the afternoon and then again on the night. On the second part the muppet standing up holding a camers phone is me, his new biggest fan!

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Domino's Pizza UK Runs National BOGOF Delivery Campaign

For the first time ever Domino's Pizza UK are running a National Buy One Get One Free Delivered Campaign. Designed to coincide with the two Champions League Semi-Finals the offer is valid on Medium or Large Pizzas and is available on both Delivery or Collection on May 5th and 6th 2009 only.

Uniquely, the offer is also available online at (Click on the Meal Deals Tab) as well as over the phone or if you order in person

There are the usual Terms & Conditions such as it cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, and it is only on May 5th/6th, the cheaper pizza is the FREE one, and both pizzas must be taken at the same time (no really). Full details are probably on the website

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