Papa Murphy's International today announced it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The first location is expected to open in Dubai, UAE before the end of 2012. This will mark Papa Murphy's first location outside of North America, where it currently operates 1,287 in the U.S. and 15 in Canada.

"It's is a thrilling chapter for us," said Jim Perkins, vice president of international development at Papa Murphy's. "We've found a great partner in MAM Foodco. The relationship has been building now for well over a year, we've established a solid trust with the team, and I'm confident this brand has the potential to do very well in the Middle East." ­

Papa Murphy's is currently ranked "No. 1 Rated Pizza Chain" for a second consecutive year by consumers on Zagat's Annual Fast Food Survey.

"We have no doubt that Papa Murphy's North American success will carry across the globe. It is certain to become a favorite of the Middle Eastern foodies, who will appreciate the great quality pizza, fresh ingredients and the uniqueness of the take 'n' bake experience that has made Papa Murphy's the number one choice for U.S. consumers," said Mohamed Aaly Maghrabi, founder of MAM Foodco.

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