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Name emerges of buyer of Bellisio Foods Inc.

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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.

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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.

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