Banquet Foods is a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods that sells various food products, notably frozen pre-made entres, meals, and desserts. Banquet was founded in 1953, with the introduction of frozen meat pies. Banquet first hit the store shelves in 1955, offering frozen dinners. Soon after that, Banquet became popular with their Cooking Bags products. In 1970, the company was purchased by RCA, which in turn sold it to ConAgra in 1980. Banquet is known primarily for a frozen breaded chicken, but expanded into other chicken products over the years, including chicken pot pies, chicken nuggets, ready-to-heat microwavable dinners and buffalo wings. In 2004, Banquet introduced Homestyle Bakes ready to bake dinner kits in 11 varieties, as well as Dessert Bakes no-bake pie and cake mixes. With the 2007 sale of former ConAgra division Swift & Company to JBS S.A.
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