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Pizza operators got a break from most commodity prices last week, which turns out to be a particularly good thing since three of the four brands monitored here lost a chunk of value over the five days. The exception? Surprise! Papa John's.
Changing weather, politics and consumer demand could foreshadow equally changing commodity and stock prices in the weeks ahead. This week though values for most pizza staple ingredients fell, though most brand values did too.
The turmoil around the Papa John's brand expressed itself clearly on the trading floor last week when that chain's value continued to fall, while pizza restaurateurs got a break on auto fuel prices as the summer travel season winds down to a close.
In the annals of pizza concepts with staying power, Colony Grill's multi-cultural rendition of the pie stands tall, and the 83-year-old brand's story is a lesson in the real value of what the American melting pot of cultures means to both the restaurant industry and business in general.
Despite the global news swirling around Papa John's brand and its controversial founder, John Schnatter, it was a pretty profitable week for pizza restaurateurs in the U.S., with all the brands monitored by this site showing gains last week.
Commodity and pizza stock prices were a true blend of good and bad news last week with the bright spots in this week's report revolving around a plentiful cheese supply and healthy crude oil inventories.
Restaurateurs enjoyed lower costs last week on the commodities markets with cheese, vehicle fuel and some wheat prices falling, while two of the publicly traded pizza brands monitored by this website got votes of confidence from investors.