Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA), the world’s third largest pizza company with more than 4,000 restaurants in 33 countries, today announced the opening of its first restaurant in Azerbaijan, bringing superior-quality pizza to the more than 2 million residents of Baku. The Papa John’s restaurant, owned by Kamran Aliyev and Murad Melikov of PJA Limited, offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery. PJA Limited plans to grow the Azerbaijan market by opening several Papa John’s restaurants over the next few years. “For more than 28 years Papa John’s has grown steadily by delivering on its ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. brand promise,” said Tom Sterrett, Papa John’s Senior Vice President, International. “Azerbaijanis can expect to enjoy the same great taste and high-quality ingredients with every pizza that so many loyal customers around the world experience every day.” At the end of the second quarter, Papa John’s had 855 restaurants open outside of the United States. The company began its international operations 13 years ago and has recently ramped-up its international growth efforts. “We spent a lot of time methodically growing and developing our international operations,” said Sterrett. “Over the past couple of years we have significantly ramped-up our development efforts, and with more than 850 restaurants we feel we have a strong global footprint to continue to bring a better pizza experience to more and more consumers around the world.” Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 11 of the past 13 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also earned the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Pizza Brand of the Year. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.