Great Kitchens Food Company, a U.S. maker of private-label take-and-bake pizzas and flatbreads, owned by Brynwood Partners VIII L.P., completed Thursday the acquisition of Uno Foods, a maker of frozen and refrigerated pizzas, calzones, and more. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1943, Pizzeria Uno, the parent of Uno Foods, is recognized as the birthplace of Chicago-style deep dish pizza. The Uno Foods division was established in 1988 and manufactures its products from its facility in Brockton, Massachusetts.
“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Uno Foods into Great Kitchens Food Company,” said Henk Hartong, chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners, in a statement. “We are delighted to add the iconic Pizzeria Uno brand to our frozen portfolio. We welcome the Brockton, MA facility to our business and look forward to making investments into that location as we work to expand the reach of the Pizzeria Uno brand.”
Following the announcement, Admir Basic was promoted to the role of president and CEO of Great Kitchens. He will oversee the integration.
The Brynwood Partners portfolio 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, over 4,500 employees, and approximately $2.5 billion in annual sales.