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'THEY USED THE FACE OF THE COW': Papa John reveals disturbing truth that convinced the pizza chain to make a major change

How sausage is made
How the sausage is made isn’t always a pretty


The fast-food industry is notorious for some
disgusting behind-the-scenes practices.

So, sticking to the motto of
“Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” sometimes means that Papa
John’s needs to do things differently than competitors.

Founder and CEO John Schnatter
told Business Insider that utilizing better ingredients has been
crucial to Papa John’s success since the first
restaurant opened in 1985. 

However, over time, the
chain has found areas that could use improvement. One of
those changes happened roughly 20 years ago, when Schnatter
visited a supplier’s farm to see — quite literally — how the
sausage used to top Papa John’s pizza was made.

“I was watching them do things
with the sausage that I didn’t like,” Schnatter said. “They used
the hoof of the cow. They used the face of the cow.”

It’s fairly common practice for
sausage suppliers to use
“head meat,”
or the ears, snouts, and cheeks of cows and
pigs, when making sausage. According to Schnatter, the supplier
at the time was even adding chicken, a less expensive protein,
into the mix.

Papa John’s supplier told
Schnatter that the pizza industry was “notorious” for using parts
of the animal that may otherwise go unused.

Papa John's
Papa John’s


“That was the first lesson in not
doing what everybody else was doing, because what everybody else
was doing was not what we’re about,” Schnatter said.

Schnatter said that Papa John’s
convinced the supplier to sell the company a sausage made with
better cuts of meat, without fillers. While the better sausage
came at a price, Schnatter said it was a worthy

Papa John’s now spends $100
million a year on
higher quality ingredients

“I want something I can stand
behind, because I eat this, and my kids are eating this,” he

Today, Papa John’s website states
that its sausage contains pork, water, seasoning, and

Pizza Hut’s Italian sausage
also contains pork, seasoning, water, and


Italian sausage

contains pork, seasoning (made of spices,
salt, corn syrup, paprika, garlic powder, disodium inosinate,
disodium guanylate, BHA, BHT, and citric acid), water, and sodium

The promise of “better”
ingredients has recently become a major theme in the fast-food
industry — especially at Papa John’s. In October 2016, the
company reported it completed its mission to remove 14 artificial
ingredients from the menu, including corn syrup and caramel

This article has been updated
to reflect Pizza Hut’s current sausage

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