America's leading pizza companies, their small business franchise owners and other groups that comprise the pizza industry announced Tuesday the formation of The American Pizza Community.

This joint effort will highlight the importance of the pizza industry on American communities and promote policies that permit its continued success. Member companies include Domino's Pizza, Godfather's Pizza, Hungry Howie's, International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association, Little Caesars and Papa John's Pizza, among others. Collectively, they employ more than 400,000 U.S. employees in stores in all 50 states.

"The pizza community has a great story to tell. We are an entrepreneurial industry that provides a fresh, wholesome and highly customizable product. The American Pizza Community is launching to tell that story and to set the stage for continued success in the years ahead," said Lynn M. Liddle, chair of the American Pizza Community and executive vice president of Communications, Investor Relations and Legislative Affairs for Domino's Pizza.

Pizza companies are impacted by restaurant regulations, agricultural policy and the broader business climate, among other things. The coalition was formed to advocate for policies affecting these companies and operators of all sizes and to protect the integrity of the product. Issues include reasonable menu labeling information, fair wages and labor policies, tax reform and commodity policies.

Members of The American Pizza Community want to ensure that the industry – from the dairy farmer to the independent franchisee – has a collective voice that will help protect the value of pizza for consumers.

The American Pizza Community will launch efforts in June with a series of meetings in Washington, D.C., with members of Congress and their staffs. This will be the first step in an ongoing effort to inform leaders about the industry and the economic benefits it brings to local communities.

"With the formation of the American Pizza Community, the hope is to ensure the opportunity to be a pizza entrepreneur remains both accessible and promising," Liddle said.

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