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Pizzeria Uno Frozen Pizza Business Acquired by Great Kitchens Food Co.

March 1, 2023
Great Kitchens adds Chicago-style pizza brand’s frozen pizza and foods line, but not the Pizzeria Uno restaurant business.
Great Kitchens Food Company, manufacturer of private-label take-and-bake pizzas and flatbreads, has acquired the Uno Foods division of Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation from its owner, Newport Global Advisors.
Founded in 1943, the Pizzeria Uno brand became famous for its Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and the Uno Foods division was established in 1988 to expand the brand. Uno Foods manufactures and distributes frozen and refrigerated, branded pizzas, calzones, entrees and appetizers in retail, foodservice and e-commerce, from its frozen foods facility in Brockton, Mass.

Great Kitchens is owned by private-equity firm Brynwood Partners VIII L.P., and it employs more than 800 people in its plants and corporate headquarters in Chicago Heights and Romeoville, Ill. The Uno Foods business joins a Brynwood portfolio that includes Harvest Hill Beverage Company, Carolina Beverage Group, Hometown Food Company, Buitoni Food Company and Great Kitchens Food Company. Uno Foods increases the total Brynwood manufacturing network to 16 facilities, more than 4,500 employees and approximately $2.5 billion in annual sales.

The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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