Media Alert/Interview Opp - Viva Italia! Western Canada's Leading Pizza Company Launches new Panago Cucina Product Range

    Panago Executive Chef, Jason Symington and Panago CEO, Sean DeGregorio
    will bring Panago's signature passion for food to life with in-store
    cooking demo

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Panago Pizza is thrilled to introduce its new
Panago Cucina line that builds on Panago's "think fresh" philosophy and offers
a tasty addition to Panago's pizza experience. Panago CEO Sean DeGregorio, who
began working with the company as a pizza maker more than 20 years ago and
Panago's Executive Chef Jason Symington, a Certified Chef de Cuisine and Pizza
food expert will travel from coast to coast this July to showcase the
delicious new Panago Cucina line, a series of Italian-inspired pantry staples
created to elevate the pizza eating experience.
    CEO Sean DeGregorio and Chef Jason Symington are both available to meet
the media and demonstrate simple, tasty ways to enjoy this new line, either
with a favourite Panago Pizza or by using the Cucina line to create
Italian-inspired creations at home. Sean is also available to speak to
Panago's unique business model which has been supported yearly with record
growth and profits. This is a great opportunity to both meet and cook with
Sean and Jason, learn about Panago Cucina and their innovative business
approach that sets them apart from the competition.
    "Panago Cucina products represent our passion for food and allows us to
create completely unique experiences for our customers," explains Chef
Symington. "Cucina products are a delicious complement to a Panago pizza meal
or a tasty short cut to preparing simple, wholesome, Mediterranean-inspired
recipes at home," he says.


        Chef Jason Symington and CEO Sean DeGregorio to showcase quick
     and easy ways to incorporate Panago Cucina's signature line of quality
                  products into the pizza eating experience

    Who:      Executive Chef Jason Symington and CEO Sean DeGregorio

    What:     Demonstrates simple, tasty, quality food with new Cucina

    When:     Monday, July 14, 2008 - Vancouver, BC
              Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - Edmonton, AB
              Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - Calgary, AB
              Thursday, July 17, 2008 - Toronto, ON

    Where:    Panago location near you! To be confirmed upon RSVP.


    Panago Cucina

    The Panago Cucina line contains no artificial preservatives, colours,
flavours or added trans-fats and MSG. These quality products include premium
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, three types of Olives and three
types of seasoning Shakers; three Dips; plus Aqua bottled spring water and
soon to be launched Organic Grape Apple, Mango Orange, Lemonade, and Apple
    "We've grown our business by thinking outside the pizza box, Panago has
always done things very differently than our competitors," says Mr.
DeGregorio, CEO, Panago Pizza. "Panago Cucina is totally unique to the
category and has already seen tremendous success," adds DeGregorio. Panago's
unique business model keeps themselves insulated from today's key industry
challenges such as rising food costs and a heavy competitor pool. Panago
continues to push forward with their innovative ideas, leading to yearly
record growth and profits.

    About Panago

    Founded more than 20 years ago, Panago Pizza is a made-in-Canada success
story. Headquartered just outside Vancouver in Abbotsford, British Columbia,
Panago Pizza is a privately owned company. The chain's people-first
philosophy, penchant for innovation, commitment to excellent food and honest
approach to business has been rewarded with consistent, steady growth. Today
Panago operates 160 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,
Manitoba, and Ontario. System-wide Panago sales exceeded $132 million in 2007.
Panago delivered more than 12 million pizzas in 2007.
    Please visit for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Chef Jason Symington and Sean DeGregorio, CEO,
Panago Pizza are available for interviews. To book an interview or for more
information, please contact Timothy Chan at Strategic Objectives, Tel: (416)
366-7735, Email:

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