US-based pizza chain Papa John’s International has entered the Cambodian market, with its flagship store opening in Phnom Penh last month.

The chain is seeking to expand its global presence and plans to open 15 new restaurants in the country over the next three years.

Papa John’s International chief operating officer Jack Swaysland said: “This is a very exciting time for Papa John’s. We are thrilled to deliver our delicious pizza and food to new customers in Cambodia.”

Papa John Cambodia franchisee Peter Xu was previously a successful franchisee of the chain in New York City, US.

Commenting on the development, Xu said: “We are very excited to bring Papa John’s global brand to Cambodia. Papa John’s Cambodia’s team is truly passionate about pizza. With our ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.’ promise, we look forward to providing local pizza lovers with quality products and outstanding services.”

Swaysland added that the pizza chain is currently better positioned than ever before to accelerate international development, due to a record year of sale and growth.

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Papa John’s has entered 12 new countries in the last few years, including France, Spain, Tunisia, Iraq, the Netherlands, Morocco, Bahamas, Pakistan and Portugal.

It currently has a presence in 48 international countries and territories around the world.

The chain divulged that it is also eyeing potential franchisees in Brazil, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Last September, Papa John’s selected Dole Packaged Foods as its supplier for pineapple as part of its commitment to ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’.

Last February, the chain launched Jalapeño Popper Rolls to be served as an add-on side or a snack.