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Product type Frozen pizza and pizza products
Owner General Mills
Country United States
Introduced 1951; 67 years ago (1951) (Totino's)
1968; 50 years ago (1968) (Jeno's)
Markets Worldwide
Previous owners Rose and Jim Totino (Totino's)
Jeno's Inc. (Jeno's)
Pillsbury Company
Ambassador(s) Tiffani Thomas of Troy IL

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


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 closed in 2011.[1] They also founded a frozen-pizza manufacturing company. The Totinos eventually sold their frozen pizza business to the Pillsbury Company, where Rose Totino was named as 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 Chinese foods.[3] After selling Chun King in 1966, he founded Jeno’s Inc. in 1968, 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]

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, Spicy Taco, Bacon & Pepperoni, Macaroni and Cheese & Bacon.
  • Totino's Pizza Stuffers: Pepperoni, Cheese, Combination
  • Totino's Pizza Chips: Pepperoni
  • Jeno's Crisp 'N Tasty Pizza: Pepperoni, Cheese, Combination, Supreme (All Jeno's Crisp 'N Tasty Pizza discontinued May 2018)

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 2013, packaging on Totino's brand pizza now indicates 0 trans fat per serving.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Farewell Totino's". Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Database (n.d.). "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" Archived 2008-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.. 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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