Tyson Foods acquires assets of Bosco's Pizza
Bosco's Pizza, famous for The Original Bosco Stick, produces a variety of stuffed bread sticks and frozen pizzas for food service and retail customers throughout the Midwest and at some retailers nationwide. Terms of the acquisition, which was completed January 18, were not disclosed.
"This is part of our company's strategic plan to grow our domestic prepared foods business." Bosco's will be a good addition to our diversified portfolio of quality food offerings, said Donnie King, Tyson Foods' president of prepared foods, customer and consumer solutions.
Craig Mulhinch, vice president of Bosco's sales and marketing, and Paul Morgan, vice president of Bosco's operations, will continue to manage the day-to-day operations. The company employs about 150 people, all of whom are expected to become Tyson Foods team members. It will become part of Tyson Foods' Prepared Foods division, but continue to operate under the Bosco's Pizza Co. name. Customer contacts will not change.
Entrepreneur Mark Artinian created Bosco's as a carry-out pizzeria in 1988 before he started delivering frozen pizzas to area high schools. In 1995, the company started producing frozen stuffed crust pizza, which soon led to stuffed bread sticks, the company's main product line today. Artinian will remain with the business in an advisory role.
In addition to The Original Bosco Stick, the Bosco's Pizza plant produces partially baked frozen pizza made with traditional and whole grain crust, reduced-fat cheese Bosco Sticks, pepperoni Bosco Sticks and whole grain apple-filled Bosco Sticks in a variety of sizes and pack options. ■