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Name emerges of buyer of Bellisio Foods Inc.

DULUTH -- The name has emerged of the buyer of Duluth-based frozen food maker Bellisio Foods Inc.

The Duluth News Tribune reports it's Centre Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles that announced its acquisition in a statement Friday. The firm purchased Bellisio just one day before the Nov. 24 death of Bellisio founder Jeno Paulucci.

The sale was announced earlier this month but the name of the buyer was not. Terms have not been released.

Bellisio Foods, formerly known as Michelina's, is the nation's No. 4 producer of frozen entrees, producing about 2 million Michelina's entrees and 100 tons of pizza rolls daily. Most of its production is in Jackson, Ohio. The company also has a smaller production facility in Lakeville and offices in Duluth.