Old El Paso is a brand applied to a range of Mexican-style foods, including dinner kits, tacos and tortillas, sauces, condiments, rice and refried beans. Old El Paso products are marketed across the globe. The brand is owned by General Mills. Pillsbury acquired it in 1995, when its then-parent company Grand Metropolitan bought Pet, Inc., which had itself taken over the brand in 1968 from the Mountain Pass Canning Company. The name is a reference to the city of El Paso, Texas. General Mills have repeated the style of this product line - a recipe kit with dry ingredients that the consumer finishes with their choice of fresh ingredients - in the Chinese Food range called Wanchai Ferry.
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