Giant Eagle and 1870 Society announce “Pizza with the Bucks” Frozen Pizza

Giant Eagle and 1870 Society announce “Pizza with the Bucks” Frozen Pizza

March 11, 2024


Giant Eagle and 1870 Society announce “Pizza with the Bucks” Frozen Pizza

Cheese Pizza features Buckeye stars from 3 different sports, sold exclusively at Giant Eagle Stores

COLUMBUS, March 11, 2024 – Giant Eagle and The 1870 Society, the top collective supporting Ohio State Athletics, are pleased to announce the second  item in their exclusive partnership, introducing a variety of products, each featuring top Ohio State student athletes.  The new frozen cheese pizza features top men’s basketball players Bruce Thornton and Zed Key, All-Big 10 Softball Player, Kami Kortokrax, and All-Big 10 Women’s Tennis player, Sydni Ratliff. The first item, JT Tuimoloau Dandruff Shampoo, featuring the All-Big 10 Defensive Lineman, is currently available as well.

Utilizing new Name Image and Likeness rules in college sports, this innovative program will feature student athletes from a variety of sports.  To help promote their products, student athletes will support the program through their social media, and even make in-store visits (to be announced at a later date). Haystack Sourcing Solutions is developing the products, in conjunction with Giant Eagle and The 1870 Society.   

“Giant Eagle was where I always shopped with my parents growing up,” Kortokrax said.  “So the first time I walk in there and see the pizza, it’s gonna have to be with my parents.  It will be an incredible moment that still doesn’t feel real.”  Key said, “I was extremely excited”.  Dream come true to see yourself in stores.  Giant Eagle has been great, pizza is great, and people are liking it.”

The Cheese Pizza, with a Crispy Thin Crust and unique 7-cheese blend will sell for $7.99, and it will only be available at Giant Eagle stores throughout Ohio.

“We’re thrilled to see this exciting partnership come to life, and to be the exclusive retailer of Pizza with the Bucks,” said Brian Ferrier, SVP of Merchandising at Giant Eagle. “We are strong supporters of Ohio State student athletes, and are pleased to be able to share this new product with our customers.”

The 1870 Society Co-Founder, Mark Stetson is excited to expand the new program, giving Ohio State fans another way to support the Bucks!

“This is such a cool opportunity for the players to use their NIL to further their personal brands, and connect with Buckeye fans in a unique way.  Giant Eagle has been a great long-time supporter of Ohio State Athletics, and we appreciate their partnership in bringing this unique program and these great products to life!”

About Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked among the top 40 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $11.4 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be a leading food, fuel and pharmacy retailer in the region with more than 200 supermarkets and 270 GetGo locations throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. For more information, visit

About The 1870 Society

The 1870 Society was founded by a group of passionate and experienced operators to support Ohio State student-athletes and promote their Name, Image and Likeness opportunities.  By leveraging the power of NIL, the organization strives to create opportunities that will extend beyond the playing field, nurturing well-rounded individuals poised for future success.