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Q&A: Ken Calwell, Papa Murphy's president

Q&A: Ken Calwell, Papa Murphy's president

At the end of the year, Ken Calwell, president of take-and-bake pizza chain operator Papa Murphy’s International, will take the reins as chief executive.

He replaces John Barr, who will remain chairman, and plans to focus on the strategic growth of the 1,290-unit chain, which was acquired by New York-based Lee Equity Partners last year.

Calwell plans to build on Papa Murphy’s “food forward” focus and differentiation as a take-and-bake pizza brand that brings families together for a made-at-home meal.

Calwell recently spoke with Nation’s Restaurant News about Papa Murphy’s future.

What are your priorities as you step into the chief executive role?

I want to continue to keep us very focused on doing what we do best.

Consumers love Papa Murphy’s. But what do they love? They love the quality of our product. We don’t spend money on ovens or freezers, so we can put all that money into our food and preparing it fresh. And we do that at a really fair price.

We are a simple concept that’s very focused on pizza, on ingredients and preparation to make it great tasting. That’s the strength of our brand.

It’s so tempting for people to change up the game. I think it’s almost harder to stay focused on the core values of the brand and make it great.

That doesn’t mean everything will stay the same. We have opportunities. We are incredibly strong in the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California, people have grown up with this brand and they love it. Like In-N-Out Burger in California or Chick-fil-A in the South, that’s how we are in the Pacific Northwest.

We have to figure out how to expand smartly and strategically across the U.S. We’ve got to make sure we don’t expand too broadly, too fast. We have to choose markets very selectively that we’ll move into and focus our resources.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


Papa Murphy's Unveils Sizzling Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza

December 01, 2015 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, Wash. - Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take and bake pizza brand, today unveiled a tasty new pizza creation that brings together two of America's favorite foods, bacon and pizza. The result is a crave-able and indulgent meal that combines the rich and savory flavors of Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, and Pepper Bacon with fresh ingredients and Papa Murphy's signature dough made in-store daily. The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza will be available at participating Papa Murphy's locations nationwide from December 1 through December 30.

"At Papa Murphy's, we are always discovering delicious flavor combinations and are eager to share this savory creation with bacon and pizza fans everywhere," said Ken Calwell, president and chief executive officer of Papa Murphy's. "We've gone above and beyond for bacon lovers with three different bacon flavors that perfectly complement our fresh made dough and hand sliced vegetables for the ultimate bacon pizza experience."

The Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza starts with Papa Murphy's fresh, scratch-made original crust topped with traditional red sauce, freshly shredded whole-milk Mozzarella cheese, Canadian Bacon, Crispy Bacon, Pepper Bacon, and mixed onions.

Like all Papa Murphy's menu items, the Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza is completely customizable and customers can add additional toppings from the Create Your Own line in store. Guests take their freshly made pizza creation home and bake it at 425 degrees for 12-18 minutes in their own oven for a hot, delicious and convenient dinnertime option.

To find a Papa Murphy's location nearest you, please visit www.papamurphys.com and the full menu can be found at http://www.papamurphys.com/menu/. Order online via the Papa Murphy's App available free for download from the Apple® App Store® and Google Play®. To connect with Papa Murphy's through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.


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