Papa John's is hosting an "international pizza party" today in London in celebration of its 1,000th international opening.

The newest Papa John's restaurant opened recently in Ipswich, United Kingdom, under franchisee Tony Singh Chathas.

"International development is the long-term growth engine for Papa John’s, and we will continue to bring a better pizza experience to more and more consumers around the world. Today’s event was a great way to celebrate a milestone that so few brands have ever reached," said John Schnatter, founder/chairman and CEO. "We are very pleased with the steady growth of Papa John’s in the international arena over the last 15 years. With more than 1,000 restaurants operating in 35 countries and territories, we are able to deliver on our 'Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.' brand promise in virtually every corner of the world, from Europe to Asia, and South America to the Middle East."

The brand is promoting the milestone through its social media channels using the hashtag #InternationalPizzaParty.

Papa John's Facebook page has also been highlighting international celebrations all week, including in Russia and in South Korea.

Papa John’s first restaurant outside of North America opened in Mexico City in 1998, and the brand’s 1,000th restaurant opened in Moscow, Russia, this past July. Currently, there are 4,300 Papa John's units in 35 countries and territories, 1,045 of which are located outside of North America. 

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