Totino's

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Totino's and Jeno's are brands of frozen pizza products owned by General Mills.

History[edit]

Rose Totino and her husband, Jim, founded a take-out pizzeria in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1951. They later expanded it to a full-service restaurant, which moved in 2007 and closed in 2011.[1] They also founded a frozen-pizza manufacturing company. The Totinos eventually sold the frozen pizza business to the Pillsbury Company, where Rose Totino was named a vice-president.[2] The Totino's brand was acquired by General Mills with its purchase of Pillsbury.

Separately, Jeno Paulucci developed a series of food businesses starting in the late 1940s, including the Chun King line of Asian-themed foods.[3] After selling Chun King in 1966, in 1968 he founded Jeno’s Inc., where he developed Pizza Rolls, a type of egg roll filled with pizza ingredients.[3] In 1985, Paulucci sold his Jeno's Pizza Rolls brand to Pillsbury for $135 million.[4]

The Jeno's line of pizza rolls was rebranded as Totino's in 1993.[5] Totino's and Jeno's products are manufactured in Wellston, Ohio. The brands produce about 1.4 million pizzas a day and sell an average of about 240 million each year. Pizza rolls are also manufactured.

Product lines[edit]

  • Totino's Big Party Pizza: Cheese,Pepperoni
  • Totino's Party Pizza: Canadian style bacon, Cheese, Classic pepperoni, Triple Pepperoni, Combination, Hamburger, Pepperoni, Pepperoni trio, Sausage, Supreme, Three cheese, Three meat
  • Totino's Family Size Pizza: Pepperoni, Cheese, Combination, Sausage
  • Totino's Pizza Rolls snacks: Cheese, Cheesy taco, Combination, Pepperoni, Pepperoni trio, Sausage, Supreme, Triple cheese, Triple meat, Nacho Cheese, Buffalo Chicken
  • Totino's Pizza Stuffers: Pepperoni, Cheese, Combination
  • Totino's Pizza Chips: Pepperoni
  • Jeno's Crisp 'N Tasty Pizza: Pepperoni, Cheese, Combination, Supreme

Health and nutrition issues[edit]

On November 1, 2007, Totino's and Jeno's brand pizza were recalled for E. coli contamination.[6]

Totino's products contain cheese substitutes made with hydrogenated oil.[7] Totino's products have been criticized for their high amount of trans fat[8] and sodium.[9] In 2011, Consumer Reports rated Totino's as "only fair for nutrition" because of "high total fat and trans fat and low fiber."[10] [11] By at least October of 2013, packaging on Totino's brand pizza now indicates 0 trans fat per serving.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farewell Totino's". buzz.mn. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Database (undated). "Rose Totino". Great American Leaders of the 20th Century (managed Harvard Business School). Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Slotnick, Daniel, E. (November 25, 2011).Jeno Paulucci, a Pioneer of Ready-Made Ethnic Foods, Dies at 93. New York Times
  4. ^ Finkelstein, Matt (November 2007). ""The Master Chef". Inc. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "Totino's History". Totino's.
  6. ^ Press release (November 1, 2007). "Ohio Firm Recalls Frozen Meat Pizzas Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination". Food Safety and Inspection Service. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff (June 10, 1987). "Pizza Makers Whip Dairy Lobby, Duck 'Imitation Cheese'" Ocala Star-Banner (via Google News). Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  8. ^ Rem, Kathryn (January 18, 2012). "Investigating the Contents of Packaged Foods – Trans Fats Have Not Gone Away". GateHouse News Service (via the Journal Star). Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff (February 13, 1986). "Processed-Food Makers Criticized on Sodium". Associated Press (via The New York Times). Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff (January 30, 2011). "Shop Smart: Frozen Pizzas Can Satisfy Even Adults". Consumer Reports (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  11. ^ Abstract. Perrin, Gail (November 30, 1988). "Frozen Pizzas May Be High in Fat". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 31, 2012.

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