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Papa John's ramps up dough production ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - More than a million pounds of pizza dough will be made in Louisville this week so that Papa John's Pizza can keep up with Super Bowl Sunday demand. Company officials say this is the busiest week of the year and dough production is underway 24-7.  

"We go up to Chicago, actually to central Michigan, down to Birmingham, Alabama, over to St. Louis and then all the way over to West Virginia," said Shane Hutchins, Senior Vice President of Papa John's Food Service, talking about where the product made at Papa John's Louisville headquarters is shipped. 

Hutchins says the Louisville location produces the most dough out of 10 facilities in the United States. 

"We'll do about 6 million dough balls just this week," Hutchins said about national production. "These guys will do about a million of those just this week." 

The workload is up because Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. 

"We're having about a 30 to 40 percent increase in pizza volume," said Production Manager Paul Sauss. "I'd say in the neighborhood of 900,000 pounds of flour will be used. We'll make about 1.5 million pounds of dough this week." 

Business is expected to double in Papa John's restaurants for the big game, according to company officials. 

"Because we don't have frozen inventory to fall back on, we have to run ahead and increase our inventory of fresh dough," Sauss told WDRB News. 

So this week has been a long time in the making. 

"We start planning for this the day after Halloween," Hutchins said. "Halloween is our second biggest day of the year so we lead up to Halloween evening and then the very next day we start planning for Super Bowl Sunday." 

Papa John's is an official sponsor of the NFL. Hutchins say the company will announce a promotion for game day later this week.

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