|Introduced||1991 (U.S., pastas and sauces)
1996 (U.S., frozen pizza)
1999 (Canada, frozen pizza)
|Previous owners||Kraft Foods|
|Tagline||"It's not delivery. It's DiGiorno/Delissio."|
DiGiorno manufactures over 250,000 pizzas each day for consumers for national sale in the mainland United States. The DiGiorno product line originally offered pastas and sauces in 1991, and pizzas have been available nationally in the U.S. since 1996.
The brand's slogan is "It's not delivery. It's DiGiorno/Delissio," which suggests that their frozen pizzas are of high enough quality that they might be mistaken for fresh pizzeria pizzas. In the U.S., sports personality Dick Vitale is the primary pitchman, and has appeared in TV commercials for the pizza.
Some DiGiorno pizzas, primarily the 12" rising variety, use mechanically separated chicken as a meat ingredient in their pepperoni and sausage toppings, while others use more traditional ingredients.
In 2013, DiGiorno's dairy supplier, Foremost Farms USA, dropped Wiese Brothers Farm after the animal rights organization Mercy for Animals released undercover footage showing workers there beating, dragging, and whipping dairy cows, some of which appear unable to walk, while others have infected or freely bleeding wounds. Nestlé and Foremost Farms USA denied any knowledge of the abuse.
On September 8, 2014, DiGiorno posted a tweet that read, "#WhyIStayed You had Pizza." The hashtag WhyIStayed went viral in the midst of a controversy brought out by the Ray Rice scandal of domestic abuse. There was a great amount of negative feedback from Twitter users aimed at the DiGiorno Twitter account. DiGiorno tweeted an apology promptly after the backlash it received. The hashtag was a central point where women have been discussing why they stayed in abusive and violent relationships. DiGiorno stated that they did not know what the hashtag was about before posting that tweet.
In 2013, DiGiorno had reached a four-year low sales growth, and the company decided to sell some of its assets to revamp its portfolio. However, the frozen food market is expected to grow globally, despite the continued demand for organic food and healthy diet. Following this optimistic news, the executive vice president of Nestle expressed his high hopes in the future growth of DiGiorno. He announced in October 2014 that “there are opportunities still to grow DiGiorno, and we’re seeing where we have innovations like our thin and crispy crust, and we’re launching new items in this area. We have optimism that this, we see, will come back.”
In June 2014, DiGiorno announced that it will launch the "Design A Pizza Kit," a customizable pizza, which includes a cheese pizza with individually wrapped meats, veggies, shredded cheese and a seasoning packet. This new customizable pizza will be available in three flavors: Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions, Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni, and Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni. According to Business Insider, DiGiorno is collaborating with eight bloggers to advertise and promote the new product on social media.
In October 2014, Nestle conducted research comparing nutrition in frozen food to that of fast food. “The analysis shows adults (19+ years) who reported eating frozen meals have higher daily intakes of more than 12 important nutrients - including protein, dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, choline, magnesium and copper - than those who reported eating quick service restaurant meals."
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- Ingredients: DiGiorno Pizza: Pepperoni
- Ingredients: DiGiorno Pizza, Rising Crust Supreme
- Ingredients: DiGiorno Pizza Ultimate Toppings: Pepperoni
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