What Are Some Facts About the Schwan Food Company?


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The Schwan Food Company is a privately-owned frozen food company that manufactures, markets and distributes a variety of frozen foods including pizza, ice cream, seafood and desserts. The company is based in the city of Marshall, Minnesota, and carries out one of the largest home delivery operations in the United States. It processes and delivers products under various brand names including Freschetta, Red Baron, Schwan's and Pagoda Express.

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The Schwan Food Company started in 1952 when 23-year-old Marvin Schwan packed and delivered 14 gallons of his family's ice cream to rural families in Western Minnesota. It expanded rapidly to cover the Midwestern United States as it acquired various other establishments including Russell Dairy and the Holiday Ice Cream Company. The company extended its product line to include juice concentrates in 1957 and frozen fish products in 1962.

Schwan's business segments comprise of Schwan's Home Service, Schwan's Food Service and Schwan's Consumer Brands. The Schwan's Home Service business is among the largest home delivery food provider in the United States and the Food Service unit serves healthcare facilities, chain restaurants, convenience stores as well as schools with frozen pizza brands. The Consumer Brands unit focuses on making and selling frozen foods in North America grocery stores.

The company also runs Bi-Phase Technologies, a manufacturer of fuel-injected conversion systems that allow vehicles to use alternative fuel such as liquid propane.

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