Pizza PatrÃ³n posted comparable sales increases of 3.9 percent for 2009 compared to 2008, according to a company statement. The company cited several factors contributing to its positive performance in one of the worst economic years in recent history.
Pizza PatrÃ³n launched two campaigns in 2009 that resulted in a 22 percent increase in the number of pies sold over 2008, as well as increased market share with gross sales up 17 percent over 2008.
During the first quarter, the company introduced its Amigo Pizzas, which marked the first time in the company's 23-year history that it offered a 12-inch medium pizza as an alternative to its signature 15-inch extra-large pie. The Amigo Pizzas featured industry-leading values with one-topping pies retailing at $4, two or three toppings at $5 and specialty pizzas for only $6 each. During the second phase of the strategy, Pizza PatrÃ³n initiated "DÃa del PatrÃ³n," offering Amigo Pizzas for only $2.99 every Monday through Wednesday for a limited time.
Pizza PatrÃ³n's Latin focus has continued to fuel growth at the store level. According to a December 2009 analysis of consumer expenditures and corporate growth strategies by the Latinum Network, while the American economy floundered, growth in Hispanic spending was twice that of general market spending.
"Recent statistics validate what we are seeing at our stores," said Andrew Gamm, brand director for Pizza PatrÃ³n. "Our unique Latin focus, combined with some very aggressive marketing campaigns, have allowed us to make significant gains in market share and overall sales growth."