Papa John’s CEO says recipe hasn’t changed, isn’t focused on Schnatter’s

Papa John’s CEO says recipe hasn’t changed, isn’t focused on Schnatter’s

Speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Wednesday, Papa John’s CEO said despite John Schnatter’s claims that the pizza tastes differently, the recipe hasn’t changed. 

It all started when Schnatter, in an interview with WDRB, said he believed a “day of reckoning will come” for the leaders in the company now for betraying him and said they “used the black community and race as a way to steal the company.”

Speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Wednesday, Papa John’s CEO said despite John Schnatter’s claims that the pizza tastes differently, the recipe hasn’t changed. 

It all started when Schnatter, in an interview with WDRB, said he believed a “day of reckoning will come” for the leaders in the company now for betraying him and said they “used the black community and race as a way to steal the company.”

The result of that, he said, was that the pizza is just different. He said he’d had 40 pizzas over the last 30 days and  “it’s not the same pizza.”

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Besides divulging the amount of pizza he has recently consumed, Schnatter reiterated his belief that members of the pizza chain’s board of directors conspired to force his resignation as chairman in July 2018 following a report that he used a racial slur during a conference call.

“We haven’t made any changes to the way we make it or what goes into our products,” Rob Lynch, who came on as CEO in August, told CNBC

Lynch also said the company isn’t focusing on what Schnatter is saying. “We don’t really focus on that,” he told CNBC. “Mr. Schnatter is entitled to his opinion. We’re focused on doing the things that are going to move the business forward.” 

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