Papa John’s Eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup From The Menu

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The next time you eat a Papa John’s pizza, something will be missing, not that you’ll necessarily taste it. The chain says it has eliminated high-fructose corn syrup from its entire menu, as part of its “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” iniatitive.

The move is effective today and includes, again, everything: all pizza ingredients, pizza toppings, dessert items, and sauce selections.

“We are proud to announce that Papa John’s is the first national pizza chain to remove high fructose corn syrup from our entire food menu,” said Sean Muldoon, Papa John’s Chief Ingredient Officer. “We’ve always strived for high quality ingredients in our pizzas and continue our aggressive push toward cleaner ingredients and menu offerings.”

The company says it invested more than $100 million a year in its efforts to provide customers with a “superior product.” That includes a promise made in December 2015 to go antibiotic-free for its chicken toppings and poppers, effective this summer.

Then in January 2016, Papa John’s scrubbed its menu of all artificial flavors and synthetic colors. It followed that move the following month with its “Quality Guarantee” campaign, which promised to replace customers’ pizzas for free if their order was less than satisfactory.

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