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– History:
– In 1890, Domenico DeDomenico established a fresh produce store in California.
– DeDomenico married Maria Ferrigno and together they founded Gragnano Products, Inc. in 1912.
– The business evolved into Golden Grain Macaroni Company in 1934 by Paskey.
– Vince introduced Rice-A-Roni in 1958, which became known as “The San Francisco Treat.”
– In 1986, Quaker Oats Company acquired Golden Grain Company, later bought by PepsiCo in 2001.

– See also:
– Rice-a-Roni is associated with the Levantine pilaf dish, rizz bi-shariyya.
– An insect was named Reissa roni after the product.
– Relevant portals include Food and San Francisco Bay Area.

– References:
– Stacy Finz and Charles Perry covered Rice-A-Roni in San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.
– Anne Marie Weiss-Armush mentioned Rice-A-Roni in her book on Mediterranean cuisines.
– Pamela Sherrod reported Quaker Oats’ purchase of Golden Grain in the Chicago Tribune.

– Further reading:
– National Public Radio featured the birth of Rice-A-Roni in a segment.
– Encyclopedia of Consumer Brands includes a section on Rice-a-Roni.
– Various brands like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell are associated with Yum! Brands.
– Notable individuals include Caleb Bradham, Indra Nooyi, and Ramon Laguarta in the business world.

– Miscellaneous:
– American Italian Pasta Company acquired the Golden Grain brand in 2003.
– Rice-a-Roni offers low-sodium versions and products with brown rice.
– The product line expanded to include Noodle Roni, later renamed Pasta Roni in 1995.
PepsiCo retained Rice-a-Roni after acquiring Quaker Oats in 2001.
– In 2004, American Italian Pasta Company made a significant purchase in the industry.

Rice-A-Roni (Wikipedia)

Rice-A-Roni is a boxed food mix that consists of rice, vermicelli pasta, and seasonings. To prepare, the rice and pasta are browned in butter, then water and seasonings are added and simmered until absorbed. It is a product of Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo.

Pasta Roni
Product typeFlavored rice, pasta mixes
OwnerQuaker Oats Company
CountryUnited States
Introduced1958; 66 years ago (1958)
Previous ownersGolden Grain Macaroni Company
Tagline"The San Francisco Treat"
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