“We are very excited about joining the Papa John’s family and expanding the BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. brand promise throughout Mexico,” said Santiago Clariond Lozano, chairman of the board and executive officer of Orquest Foods. “We respect and admire Papa John’s commitment to quality and look forward to expanding the brand in Mexico.”
Prior to the expansion arrangement to build the 60 new restaurants, Orquest Foods recently purchased 26 Papa John’s restaurants in the Mexico City area.
“We are honored that Orquest Foods has chosen to invest in the Papa John’s brand. The Clariond Lozano family has a long history of success and an excellent operational team of executive leadership,” said Tim O’Hern, senior vice president and chief development officer. “We look forward to working together as they build upon the 26 stores that have been acquired in Mexico City and develop our brand throughout many states in Mexico. “
Papa John’s International has more than 1,500 international restaurants, including over 350 restaurants in 16 Latin American countries. The first international Papa John’s location was in Mexico City. The company is hoping to expand into Brazil, Honduras, Uruguay and the Bahamas.