Papa John's to take a slice of New Zealand market

Papa John's Pizza, the US-founded pizza delivery franchise with more than 5000 restaurants around the world, wants to see 100 stores established in New Zealand.

"We are targeting a total development potential of approximately 100 units for the entire country," international business development manager Erin Snyder told Fairfax.

She says if the company finds a strong candidate to oversee the franchise in New Zealand, it could be here in 2018.

If it succeeds, Papa John's will be up against Pizza Hut, Domino's and Hell Pizza, among many independent pizza outlets.

Domino's leads the way with 114 stores in New Zealand, followed by Pizza Hut with 93 and Hell with 66.

New Zealand has been rated one of the fattest countries in the world, with 29.2 percent of Kiwis classed as being obese in 2015, using data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In New Zealand there's one McDonald's restaurant for every 27,000 Kiwis and one KFC restaurant for every 41,000 of us.

The United States leads the way in McDonald's restaurants, with one franchise for every 14,200 Americans.