are brands of frozen pizza owned by General Mills
General Mills, Inc. is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The company markets many well-known brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totinos, Jeno's, Pillsbury, Green...
Rose Totino created take-out and later in 1962, Totino's frozen pizza, eventually becoming a vice-president of Pillsbury Company. Totino's was acquired by General Mills, with the purchase of Pillsbury. In the 1960s, Pillsbury bought the name Totino's from an Italian restaurant Totino's Kitchen
based in Pillsbury's home town Minneapolis, Minnesota
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, that was founded in 1951 (the restaurant announced on August 4, 2007, that it is relocating from its original site near downtown Minneapolis and opened a new location in late March 2008 in Mounds View, a north Twin Cities suburb). The recipe for the frozen pizza differs from the pizza served at the restaurant, though both are thin-crust. Totino's is also one of the most popular brands of pizza rolls, bite-size dumpling-like products filled with pizza toppings.
Currently the Totino's and Jeno's brand are only manufactured in Wellston, Ohio
Wellston is a city in Jackson County, Ohio, United States, in the southeastern part of the state. Founded in 1873 as an iron and coal producing center, the city was named after founder Harvey Wells, a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention. The city was incorporated in 1876. The population...
. They produce 1.4 million pizzas a day and average about 240 million sold every year. In addition they are also the only manufacturer of the pizza rolls as well.
Criticism and recalls
Totino's pizza has been criticized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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(FDA) for its high amount of trans fat
Trans fat is the common name for unsaturated fat with trans-isomer fatty acid. Because the term refers to the configuration of a double carbon-carbon bond, trans fats are sometimes monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, but never saturated....
, each containing three to five grams, well over the two gram a day limit recommended by the FDA. In 2006, Totino's completed its phasing out of 100% real cheese in its pizzas. The Three Cheese Party Pizza was the last variety to contain 100% real cheese, and the trans fat doubled from 1.5 grams to 3 grams per serving when they changed the ingredients to include a combination of real and imitation cheeses. Most varieties of Totino's contain 8 grams of trans fat per pizza, an unusually high number for a frozen supermarket pizza.
On November 1, 2007, Totino's and Jeno's brand pizza were recalled for potential E. coli contamination.
The Totino's name is also given to Totino-Grace High School
Totino-Grace High School is a private, Catholic high school in Fridley, Minnesota. Recognizing the key elements of their mission as learning, faith, community, and service, they seek to provide a safe environment that places priority on mutual respect, self-discipline, and acknowledgment of the...
, a private Roman Catholic high school in Fridley, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 27,449 people, 11,328 households, and 7,317 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,701.3 people per square mile . There were 11,504 housing units at an average density of 1,132.1 per square mile...
. The high school was originally called Grace, but was changed to the current name after Jim and Rose Totino helped the school stay open during its early days. In addition to their countless gifts to the school, they later gave the school its first million dollar gift.
The Totino name also adorns the auditorium on the campus of Northwestern College
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in Roseville, Minnesota. The Totino Fine Arts Center has both an auditorium as well as classrooms.