Bellisio Foods

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Bellisio Foods Incorporated (formerly Michelina's) is a major diversified American frozen food manufacturer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded by food industry pioneer Jeno Paulucci in Duluth, Minnesota, the company is named after Paulucci's familial home in Italy, Bellisio Solfare. Bellisio's products are primarily sold in the United States, but the company distributes its products in over 12 countries worldwide, including Canada, Australia, Russia and China. As the third largest producer of frozen entrées in the United States, Bellisio has an average daily production capacity of over two million meals.

Today, Bellisio markets more than 400 products spanning across a wide variety of categories, including single and multi-serve entrees, snacks, side dishes and specialty sauces. While most of Bellisio's products are branded, the company also manufactures private label and co-pack retail products and also designs items for the foodservice industry. Some of Bellisio's co-pack products are marketed under Chile's, Boston Market and Zatarain's brand names. Some of Bellisio’s brands include: Michelina’s, Michelina’s Lean Gourmet, Michelina’s Budget Gourmet, Fusion Culinary, Arden Kitchens, Chariton and Howlin’ Coyote.

Fusion Culinary Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bellisio based in Lakeville, Minnesota, conducts research and development for many national restaurant chains. Bennigan's Grill and Tavern recently named Fusion its "Vendor of the Year" for their culinary work.

Originally produced in Duluth, Bellisio’s products now ship from its facility in Jackson, Ohio. R&D functions operate out of Lakeville. Duluth still handles portions of the packaging and financial departments. The executive offices of Bellisio are located in Minneapolis.

June 16, 2013, Bellisio purchased APC Foods, located in Austin, Minnesota, for $6.1 million. APC was for sale after its owners recently filed for receivership to avoid filing a federal bankruptcy.


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