Pizza Marketing Quarterly (PMQ):

Papa Murphy’s International today announced its total U.S. systemwide sales grew to $702 million in 2011, up over 10% from 2010. The Zagat-ranked “#1 Rated Pizza Chain” in the U.S. ended the year with 1,300 locations. Same-store-sales were up more than 5%.

In an internal email from Papa Murphy’s CEO Ken Calwell to all employees and franchise owners, Calwell praised the chain for its efforts serving others and making a difference in people’s lives.

“Thanks to your hard work, every day we provide a fresh, high quality great tasting dinner that Mom or Dad can serve fresh out of their oven and feel good about serving their family at the end of a long day. Families are busier than ever before, and they look forward to coming together at the end of the day around a fresh baked Papa Murphy’s pizza to relax and reconnect with each other. We have an amazing brand and product and so much opportunity for growth in 2012!”