Fortune names Papa Johns to America’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023

March 29, 2023
March 29, 2023

Today, Fortune recognized our team members’ commitment to innovation by honoring Papa Johns as one of America’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023. The inaugural list features the 300 U.S.-based companies who scored the highest rankings built on three pillars: product innovation, process innovation and innovation culture. Papa Johns ranked first among pizza companies featured on the list, and second among companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure sector.

At Papa Johns, one of our core values is “Innovate to Win.” We think differently and lead change – from our long legacy of leadership in e-commerce and digital payments, to our recent menu innovations like Crispy Parm Pizza and Oreo Cookie Papa Bites. We also embrace the idea that “It’s pizza – it has to be FUN!” and are committed to maintaining the fun of enjoying pizza – even the anticipation – by making every single moment we share with customers better.    


Fortune and its partner Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider, reviewed more than 15,000 eligible companies to create the list. For the evaluation of the innovation culture and the internal view of process innovation, Statista deployed online surveys where employees could score their own company on a scale system. For the evaluation of the external view of process innovation as well as product innovation , Statista surveyed experts in various fields from recruiters to management consultants and patent attorneys.

For the evaluation of the IP portfolio , Statista cooperated with LexisNexis PatentSight and used their platform to analyze the quantity and value of a company’s patents.